With the final whistle, Borussia Dortmund sank into bewilderment and sadness – in the fabulous finale of a rollercoaster season, BVB still lost the championship title. A 2:2 (0:2) against FSV Mainz 05 robbed the team of coach Edin Terzic in front of their deeply shocked fans the gigantic chance to finally tear FC Bayern off the throne after a tormenting ten years.
Instead, Borussia threw the bowl in the lap of the rival, who was shaking to make it 2-1 (1-0) at 1. FC Köln.
Championship celebration, the gigantic championship parade with hundreds of thousands of people – all of this falls through because BVB lost their nerve in the decisive game. Andreas Hanche-Olsen (15th) and Karim Onisiwo (24th) brought the stadium seething with excitement with early goals, the Dortmund ran in front of 81,365 spectators with growing desperation in vain.
Sebastien Haller (19th) also missed a penalty kick when the score was 0:1: horror spread. The goals of Raphael Guerreiro (69th) and Niklas Süle (90th + 6) did not change that.
Deafening atmosphere in the cauldron
Just don’t freak out, keep everything “as normal as possible”: Terzic had sworn that in advance during the press conference. But how? The stadium was already buzzing like a beehive an hour before kick-off – and that was by no means just due to the visit of a stray swarm of bees that disrupted the Sky broadcast. The fans oscillated between anticipation, great confidence and a dash of fear, the atmosphere was deafening.
As the morning wore on, tension slowly built up across the city. Even fans had slept in front of the stadium restaurant “Strobels”, at noon there was a big march from the Kreuzviertel in the direction of the stadium. The team bus was greeted with great cheers and Bengal fire – the great, maybe even historic opportunity was electrifying: “It’s in our hands” was written on a huge banner in front of the south stand.
Accordingly, a ten thousand-voiced roar accompanied every duel won, every throw-in, every half-scoring opportunity. Niklas Süle had the first in the seventh minute. Mainz tried to be more than just an ingredient in this cauldron – their coach Bo Svensson spread his arms reassuringly. And FC Bayern led in Cologne.
Haller missed equalization from the point
When Hanche-Olsen also scored for Mainz, the entire BVB structure of the past week seemed to falter. Dominik Kohr immediately fouled Guerreiro in the penalty area – but Haller’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Finn Dahmen. It was the disgusting game of nerves that BVB would have liked to avoid. The 0: 2 by Onisiwo had an almost paralyzing effect.
Then Karim Adeyemi had to be substituted due to injury, and captain Marco Reus got his chance to quench an unfulfilled longing for the championship trophy. But his team lacked conviction. Julian Brandt didn’t finish powerful enough (44′), Donyell Malen’s header (45’+4) touched the outer post.
Terzic also brought in Youssoufa Moukoko in the second half, significantly increasing the risk. The fans also roused themselves to loud support, they celebrated when BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel saved after a counterattack against Lee Jae Sung (48th). However, it was not an unleashed Dortmund rush: the search was now on for someone who would set the stadium back on fire and awaken faith. Mainz countered – Onisiwo hit the post (57th), Guerreiro still in goal. Süle’s goal caused high tension. But Dortmund sank into mourning.
Borussia Dortmund – FSV Mainz 05: The voices of the game
Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund coach): “Before I talk about the game, I would like to congratulate FC Bayern. It’s the most honest title you can win. If you’re up there after 34 matchdays, no matter how it came about, then you deserve it “Forgive me for not finding it easy to give an analysis that does justice to the game and the emotions. After conceding the second goal, you noticed how heavy the ball was, how heavy your legs were. At half-time you noticed ” that the boys really still believed in it, that this season is really so crazy that we’re still shooting it. But you can see how tough this sport that we fell in love with can be. It’s tough when at the end a Goal is missing. It hurts extremely.”
Bo Svensson (FSV Mainz 05 coach): “We won the game, but that’s irrelevant when I see that my boys have run 130 kilometers here. You don’t experience something like today that often. We score the goal with the first chance, they miss a penalty, it “A lot of things went against them. I didn’t think they were nervous, just that we caused them problems. Of course there’s sympathy, I have to represent Mainz 05, that’s what I get paid for, but when I get into the Dortmund players and put into the team: That must be brutal.”
Borussia Dortmund – FSV Mainz 05: The data for the game