Erling Haaland’s farewell to Borussia Dortmund was full of drama as his final black-and-yellow goal helped send Hertha Berlin to a relegation play-off and put Stuttgart in an incredible job of survival.
The future Manchester City striker scored a penalty in a 2-1 win over Hertha which could soon see Felix Magath’s side fall to the second tier.
It wasn’t that simple, with Stuttgart fighting for their lives three points behind Hertha, and destined for a pointless point after Cologne equalized in a 1-1 draw.
However, captain and Japan international Wataru Endo stepped in in the second minute of stoppage time to secure a dramatic late win that edged his side past their relegation rivals.
Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said: “I have a headache after all this shouting and encouragement.
“It was ecstasy, a great moment, exceptional. I’m so happy for the guys. You never forget a moment like today.
It looked like a low-stakes final day in Germany with Bayern Munich’s 10th straight Bundesliga title already confirmed, and the odds emphatically against Stuttgart.
But Haaland’s involvement wiped out an opening from Algeria international Ishak Belfodil, before 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko made Hertha’s worst nightmares come true.
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But just three years ago, a successful takeover in 2019 by investment guru Lars Windhorst seemed to ensure that Germany would finally have a suitable team for its capital.
Now, however, it may just be outsiders Union who represent Berlin in the top flight, with Hertha having to face the third-placed Second Division side for their place in the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere, Cologne missed out on the Europa League return they desperately wanted, while Leipzig secured the final top-four spot in a turbulent season.
And despite the drama happening mostly in the lower echelons, two mid-table managers quit as the curtain went down, with Adi Hutter leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach and Markus Weinzierl calling time at Augsburg.
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