Sebastian Polter and his Schalke team are relegated
Photo: IMAGO/KH / IMAGO/Karina Hessland
The big winner in the fight against relegation is VfL Bochum. Bochum won 3-0 (2-0) against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the last matchday of the Bundesliga season and managed to stay in the league. Before the matchday, VfL were still in 16th place in the relegation play-offs.
VfB Stuttgart now hold the title after a 1-1 (0-0) draw against TSG Hoffenheim. SV Heidenheim and Hamburger SV are possible opponents, the decision will be made on Sunday. VfB missed a lot of chances.
Meanwhile, it is clear that FC Schalke 04 will have to go down again after only one season in the first division. Schalke fought hard in Leipzig, made up a 0-2 deficit, but lost 2-4 (1-2) and is relegated.
FC Augsburg is saved, despite a weak performance including a 0-2 (0-2) defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
For RB Leipzig, nothing was at stake, the Saxons had secured renewed qualification for the Champions League. Nevertheless, Leipzig put pressure on from the start, first Timo Werner missed a pass (3rd). A few minutes later, Konrad Laimer did better. Dani Olmo initially failed to beat Schalke keeper Ralf Fährmann, but the ball then came to the free Laimer, who slotted into the empty goal (10th).
Schalke, who absolutely had to win, did not come into the game after that. Christopher Nkunku increased the lead to 2-0 after a one-two with Olmo (19th).
Out of nowhere, Schalke scored the second goal, Marcin Kamiński scored after a corner with a header (28th) and gave the Gelsenkirchen team hope again in the fight for relegation.
Immediately after the break, Schalke actually equalised – in a curious way. RB keeper Ørjan Nyland played a sloppy pass in the penalty area, Schalke's Marius Bülter got to the ball, but only hit the post. Willi Orban wanted to clear – but sent the ball into his own goal with his shin (49th).
Schalke fought sacrificially, but RB took the lead again. Yussuf Poulsen completed a counterattack shortly before the end (82nd). Nkunku made it 4-2 shortly before the end (90+4).
Leverkusen weakened themselves early on. In midfield, Cologne's Dominique Heintz and Leverkusen's Amine Adli clashed. Adli kicked his counterpart in the legs from behind. Referee Tobias Weltz first showed yellow, then looked at the scene again and then sent Adli off the pitch (7th).
After that, Leverkusen had a great chance, Jeremie Frimpong's finish was cleared by defender Ivan Ordets in front of the line (12th). Shortly thereafter, Bochum actually took the lead. Philipp Föster scored a spectacular volley after a cross (19th).
Even after that, Bochum continued to play courageously forward. After a corner, Takuma Asano scored, like Förster before he took the ball volley (34th).
In the second half, Kevin Stöger put the lid on it with a lob for the strong Bochum team (83rd), VfL will also play in the Bundesliga next year.
Stuttgart acted extremely cautiously and cautiously. And because there wasn't much from Hoffenheim either, a tough game developed. Stuttgart's Serhou Guirassy had the best chance of the first half just before the break, when he appeared alone in front of keeper Oliver Baumann after a steep pass, but put the ball just outside the goal (40th).
VfB also missed good chances in the second half, for example through Chris Führich, whose attempt Baumann made a strong save (62nd). Stuttgart dominated the game – but Hoffenheim scored with their first chance. Ihlas Bebou converted a cross with a header (75th). After that, VfB took one of their chances. Substitute Tiago Tomás equalised after a long ball (80th). Despite the draw, Stuttgart slips to 16th place.
Gladbach took the lead with the first successful offensive action. In his last game for Borussia, Marcus Thuram processed a long ball, served Jonas Hofmann, who crossed to Luca Netz. Net scored from a few meters to make it 1-0 (3rd).
After that, there was no rebellion from Augsburg, the Swabians stood next to them. Gladbach missed several promising chances, then Hofmann increased to 2:0 (40th). Shortly before the break, Augsburg's Robert Gumny had to leave the pitch with a red card after an emergency brake (45.+2.).
Augsburg also did far too little in the second half, but the Swabians will still be allowed to play in the first division next season.