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Last breath, Stuttgart survives in dramatic Bundesliga final


BERLIN — Wataru Endo scored in added time for Stuttgart to ensure Bundesliga survival at the expense of Hertha Berlin after a dramatic 2-1 win over Cologne in the final round on Saturday.

Endo’s 92nd-minute winner lifted Stuttgart past Hertha – who lost to Borussia Dortmund 2-1 – to spark scenes of jubilation in Stuttgart with fans storming the pitch.

Youssoufa Moukoko’s late winner for Dortmund has sent Hertha into the dreaded relegation play-off against second tier third to see who will play in the Bundesliga next season.

On a farewell day in the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland also scored for Dortmund and Robert Lewandowski took his league-leading tally to 35 goals for Bayern Munich, while Arminia Bielefeld was eventually relegated to join the last Greuther Furth in the second division.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed ahead of the league champions’ 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg that Lewandowski wanted to leave the Bavarian powerhouse.

Lewandowski, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, ​​has a contract with Bayern until 2023 but Salihamidzic said he had turned down the club’s offer to extend it and said “he would like to do something else thing”.

Haaland, who joins Manchester City, was cheered on by Dortmund fans before kick-off against Hertha. Michael Zorc also said goodbye after 44 years as a Dortmund player and sporting director.

Hertha struck first with a first-half penalty from Ishak Belfodil and Haaland equalized with another in the second half to take their league tally to 22 from 24 appearances this season.

Leipzig qualified for the Champions League in fourth place with a 1-1 draw at Bielefeld, finishing one point ahead of fifth-placed Union Berlin, who clinched Europa League qualification thanks to late winner Taiwo Awaiyi against Bochum for 3-2.

Exequiel Palacios scored in added time for third-placed Bayer Leverkusen, ending Freiburg’s Champions League qualification hopes with a 2-1 win.

In other low-stakes games, Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Hoffenheim 5-1, Mainz drew Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 and Augsburg beat Furth 2-1.

Gladbach manager Adi Hutter announced after his side’s win that it was his last charge following a mutual agreement with the club not to continue.


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