Dortmund crumble against Mainz to hand the title to Bayern

Dortmund's hope for a first title in 11 years were shattered after a shock home draw to Mainz
Dortmund players react after the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and 1 FSV Mainz 05 in Dortmund, western Germany on May 27, 2023.

(Football news) Dortmund’s dream of their first Bundesliga title in 11 years turned into a nightmare after a shock 2-2 draw to Mainz which subsequently dropped them to second place as they lost the title on goal difference and handed Bayern Munich their 11 consecutive title

The Signal Iduna park was bouncing with excitement as tens of thousands BVB fans were outside the stadium and a sold-out 81,000 crowd were ready to pop the champagne for their first league title since 2012, Dortmund were in pole position going into the game. The club had ordered more than 120,000 litres of beer but the fans were left disappointed at the start with Mainz taking the lead through Andreas Hanche-Olsen’s header in the 15th minute.

Sebastien Haller had a golden chance to level from the spot but he saw his weak penalty easily saved. Things got even worse for the host in the 24th minute when Karim Onisiwo drilled in his header as he silenced the stadium. Dortmund needed a miracle in the second half as coach Edin Terzic brought in captain Marco Reus and Karim Adeyemi to inspire a lacklustre Dortmund team.

Mainz were playing freely without any pressure as they made it hard for Dortmund in the second half but Raphael Guerreiro cut the deficit with a right foot shot in the 69th minute. The Dortmund fans were growing louder and teenager Julien Duranville injected new life into Dortmund’s game. Dortmund did equalise in stoppage time with Niklas Sule but it was too little too late for the Black and Yellow contingent. The players were dejected lying on the grass for the missed title shot.

Also read: Dortmund look to win their first title in 11 years as they face Mainz at home


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