Bayer gave an emotional farewell to Rudi Völler. Meanwhile, SC Freiburg missed the Champions League with a 1-2 (0-0) loss in Leverkusen.
Christian Streich buried his hands in his pockets after the final whistle and discussed with the referees. Almost in anger, he raised his hands. The dream of the Champions League had burst for the coach of SC Freiburg, because the Breisgau lost 1: 2 (0: 0) at Bayer Leverkusen on the last day and will play in the Europa League next season.
The counter-program ran from the side of Leverkusen, where the sports director was said goodbye after the final whistle with standing ovations from the fans. The win against Freiburg rounded off a good season, qualifying for the Champions League was the right parting gift for Völler. Even his world champion colleague from 1990, Lothar Matthäus, had donned the red “Thank you Rudi” T-shirt that the factory club had distributed.
The 62-year-old is leaving the operative business for the new season and will become a member of the Rhinelanders’ shareholders’ committee. The 1990 world champion and crowd favorite has been the face of the factory club since 1994 – with a longer break due to his commitment as a DFB team boss.
“Today is the day on which I would like to say thank you to all of you. Everyone who has supported our wonderful club and therefore me over the past few years,” Völler said over the microphone in the direction of the fans shortly before kick-off.
The spectators then voted for the classic “There is only one Rudi Völler”. Völler’s sayings on the banners in the north curve of Leverkusen included: “Ultimately, rules are there to be broken”, “As far as my hair style is concerned, I’m a realist”, “Tell that to your toilet seat”.
SC Freiburg wakes up too late
At Freiburg, meanwhile, there was disillusionment. “It was an unfortunate result,” said Nicolas Höfler sky“We still had an extremely successful season. It’s a shame that we lost the last few games and lost two places in the table.”
The sports club finished sixth after their dress rehearsal for the DFB Cup final and secured the Europa League ticket for the second time. For the premier class qualification, SC should have won the game and hoped for a defeat by Leipzig at Arminia Bielefeld.
The prank team can already take revenge for the lost long-distance duel next Saturday (8 p.m.) on the big stage: In Berlin, the Breisgauer and the Saxons fight in the DFB Cup final for the greatest triumph in their respective club history.
Lucas Alario (54′) and Exequiel Palacios (90’+7′) scored the hosts’ goals in front of 30,210 spectators in the sold-out BayArena, giving Rudi Völler the parting gift he had hoped for.
The 62-year-old experienced his last game as sporting director of the Leverkusen team. Janik Haberer (88th) scored the visitors’ equalizer in the closing stages.
The former DFB team boss Völler was given an emotional farewell before the game by the Leverkusen annex with a choreo. Behind the lettering “Thank you Rudi”, the fans presented a selection of Völler’s best sayings. In the end, Völler even climbed the fence and personally addressed his words to the fans.
Bayer Leverkusen – SC Freiburg: The voices
Gerardo Seoane (Bayer Leverkusen manager): “Compliments to the team for the development this year. I’m happy to go home with Palacios’ fantastic goal, that was a wonderful finish – for Rudi Völler too. The whole of Germany wishes that for him. It was a worthy finish for Rudi .”
Christian Streich (Coach SC Freiburg): “We weren’t clean enough in our actions. Bielefeld’s 1-0 gave us energy again. The team fought back, threw everything in. We’re sixth. Some big-name teams are behind us, compliments to the team. You gave everything and played very consistently.”
Bayer Leverkusen – SC Freiburg: The data of the game