German Bundesliga was the first European soccer league to resume its competition after suspension due to coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, it also became the first to officially wrap up its 2019/20 season.
While Bayern Munich secured the title several weeks ago, Bundesliga remained entertaining until the very end. This was thanks to the fact that the final UEFA Champions League participant and teams heading to 2. Bundesliga were still undetermined.
At the top, Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig already secured their Champions League tickets, but Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen were still aiming for the last one. Monchengladbach needed the win against Hertha Berlin in order to get the spot, while Leverkusen could get in with the win of their own and Monchengladbach’s draw or loss.
Leverkusen did their part, defeating Mainz 1-0, but it wasn’t enough at the end. Monchengladbach got the 2-1 win against Hertha and secured the 4th position with 65 points.
At the bottom, it was Werder Bremen and Fortuna Dusseldorf trying to get to No.16 and secure a chance to stay in the Bundesliga. Fortuna entered the final matchday with an upper leg, needing only to draw in order to secure the position. However, they suffered a tough 3-0 loss to Union Berlin and will receive an automatic relegation since Werder trashed Koln with 6-1.
Werder will now face Heidenheim, third-place team in 2.Bundesliga, in a playoff game that will determine who will play in Germany’s top division next summer.
Among other curiosities, Bundesliga’s final matchday saw Bayern’s Thomas Muller set a new assist record. Muller finished the season with 21 assists, after setting up Kingsley Coman for the opening goal in the 0-4 win against Wolfsburg.
Also, Timo Werner scored twice in his final game with RB Leipzig before leaving for the Premier League side Chelsea. Werner climbed to 95 goals for Leipzig, which made him club’s all-time leading goalscorer.