Marco Reus says goodbye with a dream goal, Stuttgart overtakes FC Bayern

Marco Reus says goodbye with a dream goal, Stuttgart overtakes FC Bayern

Bundesliga Bundesliga, 34th matchday

Reus says goodbye with a dream goal, Stuttgart overtakes FC Bayern

Status: 18.05.2024 | Reading time: 6 minutes

The last match day also provided numerous stories apart from the exciting relegation battle. Stuttgart secured runner-up status, Marco Reus had a dream farewell and Mainz crowned its furious comeback in Wolfsburg.

Loud ovations for the outgoing club legend Marco Reus, an easy game for the team: Borussia Dortmund prepared for the Champions League final at Wembley with great emotions and a sense of achievement. Two weeks before the premier class showdown against Real Madrid, coach Edin Terzic’s team achieved a 4-0 (2-0) win over relegated SV Darmstadt 98 at the end of the Bundesliga season.

The fact that Reus also made a name for himself as a goalscorer rounded off the big farewell show for the 34-year-old veteran with a big choreography before kick-off in the south stand. His artificial shot into the corner of the goal to make it 2-0 (38th minute) was celebrated particularly loudly. Ian Maatsen (30th), Julian Brandt (72nd) and Donyell Malen (88th) scored the other BVB goals in front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Signal Iduna Park.

Unlike in the last two Bundesliga games against Augsburg (5:1) and Mainz (0:3), BVB coach Edin Terzic decided not to rotate extensively so that his regulars would not lose their rhythm before the final act in London. Apart from Julian Brandt, who had to make way for Reus, the team that was also expected to play at Wembley was on the pitch.

TSG Hoffenheim – FC Bayern 4:2 (1:2)

Thomas Tuchel didn’t even say goodbye to FC Bayern Munich as runner-up and with a defeat. The 50-year-old lost with the dethroned defending champions at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2:4 (2:1) – after a 2:0 lead. So the Munich team had to give up second place in the table to VfB Stuttgart. The outstanding Andrej Kramaric duped the guests with three goals (68th, 85th and 87th minute).

After the first titleless season since 2012, sports director Max Eberl is still convinced that the record champions’ previously unsuccessful search for a coach will end well. “We will find a good solution. A very good friend of mine always says: The best comes last,” said sports director Max Eberl to the TV channel Sky before kick-off after a series of cancellations. The day before, Tuchel had announced that there would be no U-turn for him and that his farewell at the end of the season after only 15 months in office would continue.

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Even without Bundesliga top scorer Harry Kane (36 goals), who was missing due to back problems, and the injured German national players Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala, Tuchel initially had his team in top shape. In front of 30,150 spectators in the sold-out stadium in Sinsheim, Mathys Tel (4th minute) and Alphonso Davies (6th) got the game off to a flying start with their goals.

However, Maximilian Beier, who was nominated for the provisional European Championship squad, took advantage of a mistake by national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to score his 16th goal of the season (8th). Kramaric equalized in the 68th minute – before Bayern went down.

After this furious final, the Hoffenheim team can now plan for Europe, it is still unclear in which competition. As seventh in the table, coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team would move into the Europa League – if the German champions Bayer Leverkusen win the DFB Cup final against outsiders 1. FC Kaiserslautern next Saturday. Otherwise TSG will go to the Conference League.

VfB Stuttgart – Mönchengladbach 4:0 (2:0)

Thanks to the once again outstanding goal scorer Serhou Guirassy, ​​VfB Stuttgart celebrated a brilliant end to its fabulous season and even finished runner-up. The Swabians beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 (2-0) and thus set another club record. After two near-relegations in a row, Stuttgart picked up a whopping 73 points this season – more than ever before in a season in the Bundesliga.

Since FC Bayern made a mistake in the long-distance duel, VfB moved past Munich into second place in the table. After an outstanding year that led from relegation to the Champions League, coach Sebastian Hoeneß’s team now also has the chance to take part in the Supercup. The prerequisite for this is that champions Bayer Leverkusen win the DFB Cup final against second division team 1. FC Kaiserslautern next Saturday.

“After all this shit, let’s go on a journey – Stuttgart international” was written on a large choreography in the fan curve. And the VfB professionals transferred the euphoria from the stands directly to the pitch. Guirassy headed the lead after a wonderful cross from Enzo Millot (23rd minute). Shortly later, the Guinean hammered a low shot from the turn onto the right inside post, from where the ball bounced into the net to make it 2-0 (31st). They were Guirassy’s 27th and 28th league goals this season. Interest from other clubs in the 28-year-old is likely to continue to increase. The other Stuttgart goals were scored by substitutes Woo-yeong Jeong (75th) and Silas (83rd).

Bayer Leverkusen – FC Augsburg 2:1 (2:0)

With the final 2:1 (2:0) against FC Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen completed its incredible series and is the first German champion without defeat in 61 years of Bundesliga football. Even FC Bayern never managed that.

With 90 points, Bayer missed Munich’s historic points record from the 2012/13 season by one point. Victor Boniface (12th) and national player Robert Andrich (27th) gave Bayer a 2-0 lead. The 18-year-old Mert Kömür became the youngest Augsburg Bundesliga goalscorer on his starting eleven debut with the goal (62nd).

VfL Wolfsburg – FSV Mainz 05 1:3 (1:1)

FSV Mainz 05 will also play in the Bundesliga next season. A 3-1 (1-1) win at VfL Wolfsburg crowned an impressive comeback by the relegation candidate, who had already been lagging behind at times. After nine games without defeat, the Mainz team saved themselves in the end without having to go into relegation and also without long tremors on the last match day.

Because Wolfsburg’s early lead through Kevin Paredes (18th) was equalized by Brajan Gruda just six minutes later (24th). And even when main rivals Union Berlin took the lead in the parallel game against SC Freiburg, it only took three minutes for Mainz’s own team to make it 2-1 thanks to Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg (71′). Jonathan Burkardt made it perfect to stay in the league shortly before the end (85th).

After this third goal, Mainz’s rescuer Bo Henriksen almost ran to the corner flag and fell into his players’ arms cheering. When the Danish coach took over this team in February after the 21st matchday, they were second to last in the table and were still nine points behind the saving 15th place.

But with the emotional Henriksen, Mainz only lost 2 of 13 games and sparked a new football euphoria in the city. More than 3,000 fans traveled to Wolfsburg on Saturday in cars, buses and a special train. At short notice, VfL even released an additional grandstand area just for Mainz supporters.

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