If, on the whole, the logics were respected, in particular concerning the allocation of places in the European Cup next season, Stuttgart won its maintenance after an improbable scenario on Saturday, during the 34th and last day of Bundesliga
Leipzig secure Champions League spot
Behind a podium that could not be changed at the end of this 34th and last day of the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig had the mission of securing its fourth place, synonymous with qualification for the Champions League.
Christopher Nkunku’s partners achieved this with a draw (1-1) snatched in added time against Arminia Bielefeld, when they only needed a point to maintain the surprise Freiburg, on the move on the ground of Bayer Leverkusen, at a respectable distance.
The most powerful club in the Red Bull empire will therefore play in the C1 for the third consecutive season. This season, the German club did not make it through the group stage, having failed in the round of 16 the previous season, a year after reaching the semi-finals, beaten by Paris Saint-Germain, in 2019-2020.
Union Berlin and Freiburg in C3, Cologne in C4
With two points behind Leipzig and an irretrievable goal difference, the ambitious Freiburg had little chance of being able to claim qualification for the Champions League. Unaccustomed to playing leading roles in the Bundesliga (once third in 1995, the best ranking in its history), the Black Forest club still reached Europe. Even though they were beaten 2-1 by Bayer Leverkusen, the club, 6th, benefited from their German Cup final against RB Leipzig to clinch the second European ticket.
Union Berlin finished in 5th place, also qualifying for the C3, with their 3-2 victory against Bochum. The ticket for the Conference League goes to 7th, Cologne.
Stuttgart escapes in the dying seconds
The miracle did not take place. Winning and taking care of his goal difference to make up for a significant delay while hoping for a big defeat from Stuttgart, the play-off, the mission was almost impossible to achieve for Bielefeld. Arminia won well but only by a short header (1-0). Two years after its rise in the elite, the Arminia Bielefeld therefore accompanies Greuther Fürth, guaranteed to descend to the lower level before this 34th day. Dam three points from Hertha Berlin at the dawn of this final day, Stuttgart believed in its chances until the end.
The Berlin club however led Dortmund before being caught shortly after the hour mark (68th). But Hertha was still qualified at this moment, and the goal of Moukoko (84th) for BVB did not change anything in this affair insofar as Stuttgart was hooked against Cologne. Endo then popped up in added time to free VfB.
The information immediately reached the ears of Hertha supporters massed in the stands of Signal Iduna Park. Their faces then fell apart as they understood the consequences. And they are huge for the Berlin club who will have to play a play-off to save themselves, while the Swabian club is saved by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Ghostly then goalscorer, Haaland takes care of his exit
A farewell goal for the BVB. That’s about all Erling Haaland offered to Borussia Dortmund supporters after an afternoon without a stake for the Ruhr club, winner (2-1) in the wake of the sensational entry of young Moukoko, only 17 years old. Erling Haaland certainly wanted to take care of his exit before joining Manchester City, but he did not really shine in this match.
Ghostly for more than an hour, the Norwegian artificer did not really shine like his team, long short of solutions. More prominent when Dortmund pushed late in the game, Haaland came out of his reserve after the equalizing goal he himself took charge of by converting the sentence, scoring a 62nd goal in 67 matches. Bundesliga, the 22nd this season, his 86 in 89 matches played with BVB in all competitions.