Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund farewell was full of drama, as his final goal in black and yellow helped send Hertha Berlin to a relegation play-off and allowed Stuttgart to stage an incredible survival job.
The soon-to-be Manchester City striker netted a penalty in a 2-1 comeback win over Hertha, which could see Felix Magath’s side soon tumbling down to the second tier.
It wasn’t as simple as that though, with Stuttgart fighting for their lives three points behind Hertha, and destined for a useless point after Cologne had equalised in a 1-1 draw.
However, captain and Japan international Wataru Endo stepped up in the second minute of stoppage time to secure a dramatic late victory which leapfrogged his side over their relegation rivals.
Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said: “I’ve got a headache after all 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 looked set to be a low-stakes final day in Germany with Bayern Munich’s 10th consecutive Bundesliga title already confirmed, and the odds emphatically stacked against Stuttgart.
But Haaland’s involvement wiped out an opener from Algeria international Ishak Belfodil, before 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko made sure Hertha’s worst nightmares came true.
But just three years ago a blockbuster 2019 takeover from investment guru Lars Windhorst seemed to guarantee Germany would finally have a team fit for their capital city.
Now though, it may be only outsiders Union representing Berlin in the top flight, with Hertha having to face the third-placed second division team for their spot in the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere Cologne missed out on return to the Europa League which they desperately wanted, while Leipzig secured the final top four spot in a turbulent season.
And despite the drama happening mainly in the lower echelons, two mid-table managers resigned as the curtain fell, with Adi Hutter departing Borussia Monchengladbach, and Markus Weinzierl calling time at Augsburg.
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