It was a € 30 million game with maximum pressure on everyone involved.
For both Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt, it was about far more than three points.
Both clubs are looking at the qualification for the Champions League, which was so important financially in Corona times, and thus at least fourth place in the league.
Due to the 1: 2 (1: 1), BVB, which is dominant for long stretches but often too harmless on the offensive, has little chance of overtaking Hessen in the table.
Frankfurt extended its lead to seven points - with seven games still to go.
The goals for the guests were scored by BVB defender Nico Schulz with an own goal (11th minute; Kostic cross) and Andre Silva (87th).
For BVB, Hummels met from close range (45th).
With the defeat, the chances that BVB fans will be able to experience storm star Erling Haaland again live in black and yellow after the lockout are dramatically reduced.
The 20-year-old Norwegian, who remained surprisingly pale against the SGE, wants to play partout in Europe's premier class 21/22 and allegedly even leave Dortmund prematurely in the summer if the club missed the qualification.
Immediately before the game, Haaland's father Alf-Inge and advisor Mino Raiola were already at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid for talks.
Chelsea London, Manchester United and City are also vying for the 1.94 meter man.
And be ready to shell out a transfer fee of up to 180 million euros.
On Tuesday, BVB will play the Champions League at Manchester City.
A success in the quarter-finals would bring in a hefty 12 million euro bonus - and improve the financial scope in terms of Haaland transfer.
To date, Dortmund has already sold around 75 million in the European premier class.
Bayer Leverkusen - FC Schalke 04 2-1
It's the little things that the Schalke heart is currently looking forward to.
There weren't any points at 1: 2 (0: 1) in Leverkusen, but at least one goal and thus a first for Dimitrios Grammozis in his fourth assignment as a coach.
The Schalke team also set the first sign.
However, before kick-off.
Shkodran Mustafi had been removed from the squad, even though Grammozis does not want his measure to be understood as a fundamental end: “The preparation starts on Monday.
Everyone can show themselves again. "
Leverkusen's goalscorer Lucas Alario (left) prevails against Benjamin Stambouli
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In the game, the Leverkusen-based team then set the tone for the debut of interim coach Hannes Wolf.
Lucas Alario scored 1-0 (26th), Patrik Schick increased to 2-0 (72nd).
Otherwise, the league's problem children documented how their self-confidence is doing.
Leverkusen had only two wins in the past twelve competitive games.
Schalke started with the backpack from zero successes from twelve games.
In the last ten only two goals had been achieved.
The goal of Klaas Jan Huntelaars (81st), who was in the starting line-up for the first time, was a real step forward.
One is not happy about a lot.
Even at Bayer, which ultimately deserved the tough game against a harmless opponent won.
VfL Wolfsburg - 1.FC Cologne 1-0
It will be tight for Markus Gisdol.
After the 0: 1 (0: 0), the Cologne coach must fear his job more than ever.
According to information, "Bild" Friedhelm Funkel, 67, should already be ready to replace the rescue mission.
Cologne were strong in the first part of the game.
They were just unlucky that Hector's shot only left the Wolfsburgs frightened - the ball landed on the crossbar.
The VfL team, on the other hand, found no rhythm, the favorite remained pale.
Ball possession, duel rate, shots on goal: the Cologne team were better in almost all relevant game categories.
It was one of the weakest Wolfsburg halves this season.
In the second part of the game, however, things went better, they found control over the guests.
However, the table third was only able to show in the 69th minute what makes him so successful this season: effectiveness.
Brekalo used a favorable opportunity to make it 1-0.
The victory came in very handy with a view to securing the places for the Champions League, because until the end of the season Wolfsburg will still meet the top teams Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.
FC Augsburg - TSG Hoffenheim 2-1
After five home games in a row that FC Augsburg couldn't win against 1899 Hoffenheim, it finally worked.
Coach Herrlich's team won 2-1 (2-0).
Augsburg wins against Hoffenheim and celebrates a liberation in the relegation battle
Source: Getty Images / Daniel Kopatsch
The Swiss Vargas gave the FCA the lead against Hoffenheim after just eight minutes, where the only 18-year-old Frenchman Rutter made his starting line-up debut due to the injury to Kramaric.
In the 23rd, the hosts followed suit.
After a pass from Vargas over almost 50 meters, Hahn scored 2-0.
After the break, Augsburg cleverly managed the win.
The goal from Hoffenheim's Robert Skov (86th) came too late.
Mainz 05 - Arminia Bielefeld 1: 1
It seemed like they had everything under control and secured a third win in a row.
But in the fight for relegation Mainz 05 had to be content with a 1: 1 (0: 0) in a duel with relegation competitor Arminia Bielefeld.
After a fierce first half, it was Brosinski who put Mainz in the lead. He scored with a penalty (van der Hoorn had fouled Burkardt) in the 56th minute. Bielefeld's equalization fell curiously: Voglsammer took the free kick. His shot landed in the wall, from where it ricocheted back at him. In the second attempt he finally met (75.)Keywords: