Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund farewell was stuffed with drama, as his remaining aim in black and yellow helped ship Hertha Berlin to a relegation play-off and allowed Stuttgart to stage an unimaginable survival job.
The soon-to-be Manchester City striker netted a penalty in a 2-1 comeback win over Hertha, which might see Felix Magath’s facet quickly tumbling all the way down to the second tier.
It wasn’t so simple as that although, with Stuttgart combating for his or her lives three factors behind Hertha, and destined for a ineffective level after Cologne had equalised in a 1-1 draw.
However, captain and Japan worldwide Wataru Endo stepped up within the second minute of stoppage time to safe a dramatic late victory which leapfrogged his facet over their relegation rivals.
Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo mentioned: “I’ve received a headache in any case that shouting and cheering.
“That was ecstasy, a great moment, outstanding. I’m so happy for the lads. You never forget a moment like today.”
It seemed set to be a low-stakes remaining day in Germany with Bayern Munich’s tenth consecutive Bundesliga title already confirmed, and the chances emphatically stacked towards Stuttgart.
But Haaland’s involvement worn out an opener from Algeria worldwide Ishak Belfodil, earlier than 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko made certain Hertha’s worst nightmares got here true.
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But simply three years in the past a blockbuster 2019 takeover from funding guru Lars Windhorst appeared to ensure Germany would lastly have a group match for his or her capital metropolis.
Now although, it could be solely outsiders Union representing Berlin within the prime flight, with Hertha having to face the third-placed second division group for his or her spot within the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere Cologne missed out on return to the Europa League which they desperately wished, whereas Leipzig secured the ultimate prime 4 spot in a turbulent season.
And regardless of the drama taking place primarily within the decrease echelons, two mid-table managers resigned because the curtain fell, with Adi Hutter departing Borussia Monchengladbach, and Markus Weinzierl calling time at Augsburg.
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