The 34th and last day of the German championship took place on Saturday afternoon. Several Belgians took part in this one, in particular in the race to maintain at the bottom of the classification which finally smiled on Stuttgart and Orel Mangala, who won against Cologne, 2-1, while Dedryck Boyata’s Hertha Berlin is inclined in Dortmund, 2-1 and will play in the play-offs. With their captain Dedryck Boyata, Hertha needed a point to ensure the maintenance, while Stuttgart was on their heels. The Berliners took the initiative by opening the scoring: former Standardman Ishak Belfodil, hooked by Zagadou in the box, did himself justice by converting a penalty (0-1, 18th). For his last match under the yellow jacket, Erling Haaland equalized on penalty (1-1, 68th), before Moukoko gave the advantage late to the hosts (2-1, 84th), to the great despair of the visitors.
Holder, Axel Witsel played 83 minutes before leaving the stadium to applause, while he will leave the club at the end of the season. Thomas Meunier remained on the bench and Thorgan Hazard was not on the score sheet, injured in the back. On the visitors’ side, Boyata played the whole game.
In the distance duel, Sasa Kaladzic opened the scoring for Stuttgart with a header from the corner following his missed penalty (1-0, 12th), but Anthony Modeste tied the teams (1-1, 60th). While Hertha Berlin lost to Dortmund, Stuttgart drew on its resources to snatch victory at the end of the suspense, thanks to a goal from Endo (2-1, 90th + 2), thus sparing VfB from the play-offs for stay in the Bundesliga.
Orel Mangala played the entire match in the midfield of Stuttgart, and will therefore be able to play next season in the German football elite with his club, while Boyata will have to defend his place in the Bundesliga in a play-off against the 3rd of 2nd division.
Arminia Bielefeld, without Nathan De Medina, held off Leipzig 1-1, although they needed a big win and a Stuttgart defeat to secure the play-off spot. Bielefeld therefore accompanies Greuther Furth in the 2nd division, after two seasons disputed in the elite.
With Koen Casteels back in the cages, the armband on his arm, Wolfsburg shared the challenge against the Munich champion (2-2). Bayern opened the scoring via Josip Stanisic (0-1, 17th), before Lewandowski doubled the lead (0-2, 40th) with what could be his last goal in the Bayern shirt. Wind reduced the gap just before the break (1-2, 45th + 2) and Kruse restored equality after returning from the locker room (2-2, 58th).
Three Belgians sat on the Wolves bench while Koen Casteels played the entire game on the goal line. Aster Vranckx entered the game in the 72nd minute, as did Sebastiaan Bornauw in stoppage time (90th + 1), but Dodi Lukebakio remained in tracksuit until the final whistle. Wolfsburg ends the championship in the middle of the table, in 12th place, with 42 points.
Praet and Torino win in Verona
Torino won, 0-1, on the road to Verona as part of the 37th day of the Italian championship. In a mid-ranking duel between two teams who cannot claim European places and who are already largely assured of their maintenance, Torino relied on a goal from Brekalo (19th) to pocket the 3 points.
Dennis Praet, who turns 28 this Saturday, started for the 4th consecutive time on the Toro side, and played in the midfield until the final whistle. He received a yellow card in the 80th minute of play.
In the standings, it’s the status quo for Verona and Torino, respectively 9th and 10th. The Turinese (50 points) could nevertheless grab 9th place on the last day since they came back to 2 points behind their opponent of the day (52 points).
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