Bayern Munich endured a title-party hangover Saturday, losing 3-1 at Mainz, while Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick despite Borussia Dortmund losing 4-3 at home to Bochum.
A week after Bayern Munich defeated second-placed Dortmund 3-1 in Munich to win the Bundesliga for the eighth consecutive season, Germany’s top two teams both lost.
Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann was enraged following his team’s lackluster performance against Mainz, who also struck the crossbar four times in a merited victory.
“Too many losses, too many in the same way,” Nagelsmann said.
“I believe we always need a fundamental enthusiasm in our game, which we lacked today.
“It’s human not to go to the edge in every scenario after winning the tenth championship in a row, but we still wear the badge on our breast.”
After exploiting massive openings in Bayern’s defense, Germany Under-21 striker Jonathan Burkardt and French defender Moussa Niakhate gave Mainz an early 2-0 lead.
The Bavarians equalized when Robert Lewandowski scored his 34th Bundesliga goal of the season, tying a league record after scoring 18 times away this season.
Leandro Barreiro, a midfielder, scored Mainz’s third goal shortly after the interval when his effort took a terrible deflection and bounced into the Bayern goal.
Bochum stormed into a 2-0 lead in Dortmund after only eight minutes, courtesy of goals from Sebastian Polter and Gerrit Holtmann.
Haaland led the comeback by converting two penalties and then scoring his third goal with an hour remaining.
Bochum, on the other hand, scored twice in the closing 10 minutes.
Juergen Locadia scored before Milos Pantovic converted the game-winning penalty after Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel was fouled.
Following their shocking home triumph over Bayern in February, Bochum secured their second important scalp this year.
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The Dortmund players limped out to the sound of whistles from the home crowd.
“I understand the supporters’ annoyance, but the players didn’t deserve to be humiliated like way,” Dortmund coach Marco Rose stated.
“We are all quite disappointed.
“We responded well after rapidly going behind, but when I look at the standings and see 50 goals allowed (this season), it’s evident what the main problem is.”
Freiburg later surged back into the top four and into the Champions League spots with a dramatic 4-3 victory against Hoffenheim.
After Hoffenheim took a 2-1 lead early in the second half, Freiburg stormed back with goals from captain Christian Guenter, Lucas Hoeler, and South Korean Jeong Woo-yeong, before Sebastian Rudy scored the hosts’ third goal late in the game.
Cologne moved up to the sixth place and is on track to compete in Europe next season following a 4-1 win against Augsburg, with Anthony Modeste scoring twice.
Stuttgart kept their relegation chances alive with a late equalizer off the crossbar from midfielder Chris Fuehrich in a 1-1 draw at home to Wolfsburg.
Stuttgart is still in 16th place, which means they will face a relegation play-off at the conclusion of the season.
They have two difficult games remaining – away at Bayern Munich and at home against Cologne – to close the four-point deficit to 15th and ensure their survival next season.
After a 1-1 draw against second-from-bottom Arminia Bielefeld, Hertha Berlin, who sit four points and one spot above Stuttgart, are still in danger of relegation.
Hertha was heading to an away victory due to midfielder Lucas Tousart’s header but Swedish defender Joakim Nilsson headed in a late equalizer for Bielefeld.