Saturday April 24th 2021
Haaland mega sprint goal
FC Bayern messed up the first championship match ball
The designated soccer champions Bayern Munich messes up with Kellerkind Mainz 05. That won’t change anything on the ninth title in a row. The ten of BVB are getting closer to the Champions League ranks thanks to Erling Haaland. Werder loses the seventh game in a row and is in free fall.
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Bayern Munich 2: 1 (2: 0)
The championship celebration is postponed, Bayern Munich has surprisingly given its first match point despite the comeback of world footballer Robert Lewandowski. The team of coach Hansi Flick completely deservedly lost 1: 2 (0: 2) on the 31st matchday at the furious FSV Mainz 05, with a win the 31st German championship would have been wrapped up early. Should pursuer RB Leipzig lose against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday (3:30 p.m. / Sky), Bayern would be “sofa champions” one day late. The lead over the Saxons is another ten points.
U21 international strikers Jonathan Burkardt (3rd) and Robin Quaison (37th) met in front of national coach Joachim Löw for Mainz, who have now been unbeaten for seven games in a row (five wins, two draws) and a big step in the right direction Made relegation. With this result, Bayern were even well served with their defensive indisposed in the first half.
The return of top striker Lewandowski only had an effect late – too late. The Pole, who had missed the last six competitive games due to a ligament stretch in his right knee and like Leon Goretzka returned to the starting line-up, only scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time. For “Bomber” Gerd Müller’s all-time scoring record (40 goals this season, 1971/72), he is now four hits short of three missed games.
Not only the world footballer felt like he was in the wrong film in Mainz – because at the beginning only the Rheinhessen played like a table leader. After a cross that was blocked too short, Burkardt pulled away from the edge of the box, national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer reacted too late to the almost central shot and did not look good. The Munich team completely lacked the ideas against the compact FSV defense. Mainz, on the other hand, remained extremely dangerous, was usually one step faster in the duels – and came through Quaison after a free kick to the well-deserved 2-0.
The eaten flick changed three times, Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sané and Goretzka stayed in the cabin. The guests got a little more calm and control into the game, but hardly found any gaps against the now lower Rheinhessen. Substitute ex-Mainz Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting aimed twice too centrally (67th, 77th). The replacement of Serge Gnabry (70th), who had recovered from COVID-19, did not bring the necessary momentum.
VfL Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund 0: 2 (0: 1)
Borussia Dortmund has won its “final” in the battle for the Champions League thanks to super striker Erling Haaland. BVB won 2-0 (1-0) at VfL Wolfsburg on matchday 31 and reduced the gap to the works club to two points. Haaland (12th) first took the lead, then the 20-year-old made everything clear after a 50-meter sprint (68th).
Wolfsburg did not have this callousness in front of goal despite good opportunities. And so BVB celebrated an extremely important threesome, especially since the team played undernumbered for more than 30 minutes after the yellow-red card for Jude Bellingham (58th). After the fourth Bundesliga victory in a row, Dortmund still ranks fifth, but in this condition has the best chances of moving into the lucrative premier class in the remaining three games. Wolfsburg remains despite the defeat in third – Eintracht Frankfurt will meet Bayer Leverkusen in the evening and could overtake.
Sancho and Reus tried again and again to drive the ball forward quickly. Haaland then lurked at a weak back pass from Ridle Baku, pulled to the goal – and finished as ice cold on his 15th away goal. Borussia has never met away from home more often. A bitter blow for Wolfsburg, especially since Paulo Otavio missed the possible lead shortly before (8th). After that, BVB slowed down a bit and limited themselves to counterattacking, VfL got better into the game and had more opportunities. But in the Dortmund defense center, Emre Can and Manuel Akanji initially prevented the home side from being able to stage their top striker Wout Weghorst in a really dangerous way. This only changed after the break, when the Dutchman had the chance to equalize immediately after the restart. But the 28-year-old’s shot from a promising position went just over the bar. The Sturm und Drang of BVB at the beginning was rarely seen as the length of the game increased. Haaland checked Koen Casteels again (50th), Manuel Akanji (52nd) had an opportunity with his head – but Wolfsburg bit more and more into the game, increasing the pressure.
After Bellingham was sent off, Dortmund pulled back a long way in a 4-4-1 – but after a Wolfsburg bad pass, Haaland was there again. Mahmoud Dahoud sent the Norwegian off with his steep pass while still in his own half, Haaland ran over half the square and still pushed cool down left.
1. FC Union Berlin – Werder Bremen 3: 1 (0: 0)
Werder Bremen continued their crash due to a hat trick by Joel Pohjanpalo: The Union Berlin striker led his team to a fully deserved 3-1 (0-0) success with his three-pack in the second half and increased Bremen’s relegation worries. After seven defeats in a row, Bremen are dangerously close to their first relegation since 1980.
Pohjanpalo turned up in the second half and ensured the clear victory with his number three to five goals this season (50th / 53rd / 67th). The Finn last scored three goals in a game on September 10, 2016. Theodor Gebre Selassie (82nd) marked the gate of honor for the Hanseatic League. Union Berlin remained unbeaten in the 15th home game in a row and with 46 points can continue to squint towards international places.
The hosts needed a standard situation to guide them. After another corner, Pohjanpalo hit the rebound and shot in unhindered from close range. Three minutes later, the Finn was back after a header from substitute Petar Musa and achieved the reassuring 2-0. Shortly afterwards (59th) Musa almost increased to 3-0. How does Werder react? Disappointing. The guests couldn’t think of anything in the game ahead, Union remained the dominant team and had a variety of other good opportunities. The third goal from Pohjanpalo made the decision, even if in the closing stages the Bremen team’s follow-up goal from Gebre Selassie once again gave rise to some hope.
SC Freiburg – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1: 1 (0: 1)
TSG Hoffenheim has probably got rid of their relegation worries. The Kraichgauer won 1: 1 (1: 0) in the Baden duel at SC Freiburg on the third from last game day of the Bundesliga, giving them a seven point lead over the relegation place.
The Croatian runner-up world champion Andrej Kramaric (40th) scored for TSG, which had previously lost to the sports club three times in a row. Ex-Hoffenheim’s Vincenzo Grifo was successful with a penalty kick (81st) for the SC.