Borussia Dortmund secured their place in the Champions League for next season as Raphael Guerreiro, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt scored in a 3-1 win at Mainz on Sunday. Guerreiro and captain Reus hit first-half goals before Germany winger Brandt made sure of the three points with a late effort. With one game left, Dortmund, who routed Leipzig 4-1 to win the German Cup in midweek, cannot finish outside of the Bundesligas top four. Mainz striker Robin Quaison claimed his 30th Bundesliga goal by netting a 90th-minute penalty.
Terzic praised his players for making the “seemingly impossible possible.”
A strong thunderstorm storm delayed the second half after a first half to forget for Mainz. Mainz, which was previously second-last and a strong candidate for relegation, was unbeaten in nine games under new coach Bo Svensson and it clinched survival through others’ results on Saturday.
It seemed the celebrations took their toll.
Mainz was much improved for the second half but Erling Haaland set up Brandt for his third goal of the season before Robin Quaison got the home side’s consolation with a penalty in injury time.
In Germany’s second division, former Bundesliga heavyweight Hamburg lost 3-2 in Osnabruck to end its promotion hopes for the third successive year. Hamburg dropped to fifth and can no longer finish in the top three.
Bochum, Holstein Kiel or Greuther Furth are seeking to secure automatic qualification as the top two from the final round of games next Sunday, while the other will finish third for a two-leg playoff against the team that finishes third from bottom in the Bundesliga on Saturday.