German Bundesliga Tittle Goes Down The Wire On Final Day Clashes

With a final day clash in Germany, Borussia Dortmund are on the brink of breaking Bayern Munich’s decade-long stranglehold on the German championship, with their title-deciding match against Mainz on Saturday.

Star-studded Bayern have had the title in their bag well before the end of previous seasons, but this time, their slip-ups and Dortmund’s persistence are keeping the suspense going to the final whistle.

Sitting at the top of the table, Dortmund know a win over mid-table Mainz will secure their first Bundesliga title since 2012, while Bayern can claim their 11th straight Bundesliga title with a win at Cologne, only if Dortmund slip.

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic called on his side not to lose focus, with the last game to play.

“We’re not done yet, but we’re ready to take the final step,” Terzic said, “As a team, as a club, as a city.”

Meanwhile, Bayern could see themselves go trophyless for the first time since 2011-12.

Further down the pecking order, one of Union Berlin or Freiburg will join RB Leipzig in the Champions League for the first time.

Level on points, Union hold a slight advantage on goal difference and can all but secure a top four spot by beating Werder Bremen at home, where they have not lost a league match this season.

Assured at least fifth and a spot in the Europa League, Freiburg face a slightly tougher task if they want to overtake Union and claim a first Champions League appearance, travelling to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Despite lifting the Europa League trophy almost exactly 12 months ago, Frankfurt have only a slight mathematical chance of a return to European football, needing a big win while hoping both Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen lose.

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