Union Berlin continued their incredible rise by qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on Saturday, while Schalke 04 were relegated from the Bundesliga on the final day of the season.
Bayern Munich snatched the Bundesliga title from Borussia Dortmund’s hands on matchday 34. Here we take a look at what else happened on what was a very dramatic final day of the season.
Schalke 04 were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday, just one year after clinching promotion from the second division. Needing a win against RB Leipzig to have any chance of avoiding the drop, the Royal Blues came from two goals behind but ultimately fell to a 4-2 defeat. Another season in the 2. Bundesliga now awaits Schalke, who finished 17th in the standings.
From agony to ecstasy, Union Berlin continued their remarkable story by securing a fourth place finish in the Bundesliga standings with a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday. Urs Fischer’s side will now be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season for the very first time in their history.
SC Freiburg threatened to take Union Berlin’s place in the top four for some time on Saturday. But Eintracht Frankfurt scored two late goals to hand Christian Streich’s side a 2-1 defeat. Freiburg finished fifth in the Bundesliga standings and have qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
VfL Bochum managed to avoid relegation once again by claiming a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on the final day of the season. The impressive win lifted the Ruhr side up to 14th place.
VfB Stuttgart could only manage a 1-1 draw against TSG Hoffenheim and dropped to 16th place as a result. They will now have to go through a two-legged relegation play-off if they want to play in the Bundesliga next season.
Borussia Mönchengladbach handed FC Augsburg a scare by handing them a 2-0 defeat. But the Bavarian side ultimately finished a point clear of 16th placed Stuttgart and managed to secure their Bundesliga status for another season.
The already-relegated Hertha Berlin ended their season with a come from behind 2-1 win over Wolfsburg. The result saw Niko Kovac’s side drop to eighth place in the Bundesliga standings and miss out on the opportunity to qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League.