BERLIN ( Associated Press) — Wataru Endo scored in stoppage time for Stuttgart, which avoided relegation by beating Cologne 2-1 in the final round of the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Endo’s goal in the 92nd minute gave Stuttgart the lead over Hertha Berlin on goal difference, and set off scenes of jubilation as fans invaded the pitch at the end of the match.
Hertha fell on a visit to Borussia Dortmund 2-1. Youssoufa Moukoko’s late goal forces him to play Hamburger SV, who finished third in the second division to determine which of the two will play in the Bundesliga next year. The games will be played on May 19 and 23.
On a day of bye-byes from the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland scored for Dortmund and Robert Lewandowski raised his scoring tally to 35 for Bayern Munich, while Arminia Bielefeld went to the second division along with bottom Greuther Fürth.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić confirmed ahead of the champions’ 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg that Lewandowski wants to leave the Bavarian powerhouse.
Lewandowski, who has been linked with Barcelona, has a contract with Bayern until 2023, but Salihamidžić said he rejected the club’s offer to extend it, saying he “wanted to do something different”.
Haaland, who is leaving for Manchester City, received applause from the Dortmund fans before the game against Hertha. Michael Zorc also received an affectionate farewell after 44 years at the club, first as a player and then as sporting director.
Leipzig secured qualification for the Champions League by drawing 1-1 with Bielefeld to fourth place, a point ahead of Union Berlin, which beat Bochum 3-2 to fifth place, qualifying for the Champions League. Europe.
Argentine Exequiel Palacios scored in stoppage time for Bayer Leverkusen, who finished third by beating Freiburg 2-1. Freiburg was left out of the Champions League.
In matches where only results were at stake, Borussia Mönchengladbach thrashed Hoffenheim 5-1, Mainz drew with Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2, and Augsburg beat Fürth 2-1.