Borussia Dortmund surrendered the Bundesliga after embracing it in one of the most dramatic days that are remembered in the outcome of the German championship. He only had to beat Mainz, who had lost four consecutive games with 13 goals against. The rival was a colander. A team that did not compete for anything, defended by a beardless goalkeeper, Finn Dahmen. Dortmund was joined by 80,000 fans at the legendary Westfalenstadion, the hottest stadium east of the Rhine, the epicenter of a gathering of fans on pilgrimage to the big celebration. Everything was conducive to a carnival. But in the 15th minute, centre-back Hanche-Olsen headed the 0-1 in the first post, after a corner. It was Hanche-Olsen's first goal in a two-year career. The beginning of the nightmare in the Ruhr and the alirón in the stadium of Cologne, scene of the conquest of the 11th consecutive league title of Bayern, won by 1-2, with a goal by Jamal Musiala in the 89th minute.
Gregor Kobel, Marius Wolf (Youssoufa Moukoko, min. 45), Julian Ryerson (Modeste, min. 79), Hummels, Niklas Süle, Malen (Gio Reyna, min. 62), Karim Adeyemi (Marco Reus, min. 39), Emre Can, Raphael Guerreiro, Brandt (Julien Duranville, min. 62) and Sébastian Haller
M05 Mainz 05
Finn Dahmen, Bell, Edimilson Fernandes, Andreas Hanche-Olsen, Leandro Barreiro Martins, Kohr, Anthony Caci, Aaron Martin, Anton Stach (Aymane Barkok, min. 79), Karim Onisiwo (Suliman Mustapha, min. 91) and Lee Jae-Sung (Marcus Ingvartsen, min. 66)
Goals 0-1 min. 15: Andreas Hanche-Olsen. 0-2 min. 23: Karim Onisiwo. 1-2 min. 68: Raphael Guerreiro. 2-2 min. 96: Niklas Süle.
Arbitrator Marco Fritz
Yellow cards Raphael Guerreiro (min. 40) and Edimilson Fernandes (min. 71)
Not since the 2009–10 season has a Bundesliga been won with fewer points. Only 71 added Bayern in its most agonizing championship. Champion but in crisis. Before the conclusion of the match, the Bavarian club leaked the news: Oliver Kahn, the president, and Hasan Salihamidzic, the sporting director, had been dismissed. Lest they partake of a party they didn't deserve. After 18:00 on Saturday, Herbert Hainer, head of the social branch of the richest sports institution in Germany, confirmed the change at the top of sports administration. Jan-Christian Dreesen, until now economic vice-president, was appointed president in place of Kahn. It was Dereesen who handed the Meisterschale, the champion's dish, to the players.
"The club has banned me from travelling to the Cologne match and attending the championship celebration," Kahn told the Bild tabloid.
The institutional earthquake was thus brought forward three days on schedule. Next Tuesday is expected the meeting of the Supervisory Board headed by the honorable Uli Hoeness, strategist in the shadow of a club that last summer was called to revolutionize European football and now travels bogged down in search of a direction.
Markus Söder, Bavaria's minister-president, proclaimed it a month ago, with the exuberance worthy of the Oktoberfest town crier: "Dortmund is too stupid to be champion of Germany."
The statement inflamed supporters of the Ruhr club. About half a million fans gathered in Dortmund on Saturday to accompany the team on the final day of the Bundesliga. They arrived with two points ahead of Bayern: 70 to 68. They caressed revenge with their fingertips. They only needed a win against the macilento Mainz, while Bayern seemed doomed to a sterile match in Cologne. All at 15:30 p.m. The warm afternoon. The flowering lime trees. Poplars in hatching. Dortmund's party was full until the match started and he ran over the crowd with a football-reality hammer. The last day of competition distributed sticks on all fronts.
The tension paralyzed the Dortmund players with the same dynamic that freed the Mainz. With nothing to lose, visitors fanned out in search of adventure. They left spaces unfilled. Empty meadows that the troubled Can, Brandt, Guerreiro, Malen and Adeyeni, eager to climb to the top of a feat that exceeded their aspirations, did not know how to take advantage of without more plays than those that led to centers for the Haller tank. The hero Haller, so often decisive, became a stopper on the key day. Haller's nerves were never as evident as in the penalty he missed in the 18th minute. A gift from VAR that could balance the score. It didn't. Six minutes later, Karim Onisiwo made it 2-0 before the languid gaze of 34-year-old Hummels, stiff, slow, ghostly.
The Union Berlin, to the Champions League
Dortmund rallied to 2-2. At the last minute. No time for another demarraje. Without Jude Bellingham, injured, with a depleted Reus, without as much football as push. Swept away by the Westfalenstadion crowd, rather than a brilliant game. Between chants, to scare away the terror, while in Cologne Bayern finished their game with a goal from Musiala, who entered the last quarter of an hour to put the final 1-2. When in Bavaria they began to resign themselves to a blank year, the first in a decade, the Meisterschale, the silver-plated plate, symbol of the champion, was raised to the Rhineland sky again, the eleventh in a row, by Captain Kimmich.
In other orders of the classification, Hertha and Schalke were relegated; Union Berlin and Leipzig qualified for the Champions League; for Europa League Freiburg; and for the Conference League Xabi Alonso's Leverkusen.
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