Borussia Dortmund missed their chance to dethrone Bayern Munich and claim the Bundesliga champions on Saturday.
In one of the most exciting season finales in recent memory, Dortmund settlef for 2-2 draw against Mainz, while Bayern secured a 2-1 victory over Köln, sealing their 11th straight title.
With a two-point lead over Bayern heading into the final day, Dortmund only needed a win to secure the title. The home team had even planned a celebratory parade. However, fate had a different plan.
As Dortmund trailed 2-1 against Mainz, news of Köln’s equalizer against Bayern electrified the Signal Iduna Park stadium. Dortmund fans erupted in celebration, sensing their first title since 2012 was within reach.
But in a stunning turn of events, Bayern’s Jamal Musiala struck in the 89th minute, restoring their lead. Despite Dortmund’s relentless pursuit for a winning goal, Nicklas Sule’s late equalizer ended their hopes.
The final whistle confirmed Bayern’s triumph, leaving Dortmund players disheartened on the pitch, as had a missed a decade long opportunity to seize the title from a Bayern team that lost most of its glitter this season.
Meanwhile, Bayern’s jubilant fans celebrated in Cologne as their team lifted the Meisterschale, cementing their status as the dominant force in German football.
See the photos and videos below:
Bayern won the League on goal difference pic.twitter.com/J2sqHep8il
— Naija (@Naija_PR) May 27, 2023
BAYERN MUNICH WIN THEIR 11TH STRAIGHT BUNDESLIGA 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/g4rAXLbPZE
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 27, 2023
JAMAL MUSIALA WINS THE TITLE FOR BAYERN! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/cLZEOPKdpt
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 27, 2023
The goal that sealed everything. Musiala with his goal to the tightest Bundesliga title! in history! ⚽️
— Nik Wipauer 🎶 (@nikwipauer) May 27, 2023
Bayern lift their 11th straight Bundesliga title 🏆🙌 pic.twitter.com/AqrsVAAWkO
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 27, 2023
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