Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer hailed an “wonderful” achievement as his facet shocked top-four hopefuls Freiburg with a 4-1 win on Saturday to seal a top-seven end on a dramatic day within the Bundesliga’s race for Europe.
“It’s wonderful what the lads have managed to do that season,” Fischer instructed Sky, after his facet secured European qualification for the second 12 months in a row.
Minnows Freiburg and Union have each been flying excessive this season, nevertheless it was the facet from the capital who soared on Saturday as they smashed in three first-half targets to place themselves heading in the right direction for the Europa League in sixth and dent Freiburg’s hopes of a fairytale Champions League berth.
Freiburg stay in fourth, however will drop out of the Champions League locations if RB Leipzig beat Augsburg on Sunday.
Union, who had been solely promoted in 2019, nonetheless have an outdoor probability of reaching the Champions League, having moved inside a degree of Freiburg with one match remaining.
“It’s unbelievable what we’re managing to attain 12 months on 12 months as such a small membership,” stated Union midfielder Grischa Proemel.
Proemel gave Union the lead early on, bundling the ball over the road from shut vary after Taiwo Awoniyi’s effort hit the put up.
Lucas Hoeler had an equaliser dominated out for handball earlier than Union captain Christopher Trimmel headed in Sheraldo Becker’s cross on the half-hour mark.
Becker then rampaged down the appropriate wing to provide his facet a 3-0 lead at half-time and go away the house followers shellshocked.
Hoeler gave Freiburg recent hope on the hour mark when he wriggled freed from the again line to poke an extended ball into the underside nook.
However substitute Andras Schafer added a fourth for Union to finish any hopes of a house comeback.
Leverkusen attain Champions League
Whereas Freiburg had been left to a rue a missed alternative, third-placed Bayer Leverkusen secured Champions League qualification as Czech striker Patrik Schick fired them to a 4-2 win at Hoffenheim.
French striker Georginio Rutter gave Hoffenheim an early lead after a mistake from Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie.
Schick then introduced the guests degree with a chic, first-time end, however Christoph Baumgartner restored the lead with a header simply two minutes later.
But Leverkusen turned the sport on its head with two targets in three minutes within the second half.
Moussa Diaby slotted in an equaliser on 73 minutes, and Schick danced via the field to make it 3-2 moments later earlier than Lucas Alario struck in stoppage time.
“We’re actually joyful. We missed out on the Champions League within the final two years, so it was our massive aim this season,” Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes instructed Sky.
Hoffenheim’s defeat implies that Cologne are additionally successfully assured European soccer subsequent season with a top-seven end, regardless of shedding 1-0 at residence to Wolfsburg.
Former Cologne participant Yannick Gerhardt scored simply earlier than half-time to provide Wolfsburg an sudden win, however delirious Cologne followers nonetheless invaded the pitch to rejoice at full-time.
On the different finish of the desk, relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin missed the prospect to clinch survival with a 2-1 defeat at residence to Mainz.
Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lotka allowed a Silvan Widmer shot to slide via his fingers to provide Mainz the lead within the first half.
Davie Selke levelled the scores with a penalty on the stroke of half time, earlier than Stefan Bell rose excessive at a nook to move residence a late winner for Mainz.
Hertha can nonetheless attain security this weekend if Stuttgart lose to Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund cruised to a 3-1 win towards relegated facet Greuther Fuerth to safe second place.
Jessic Ngankam cancelled out Julian Brandt’s first-half opener with a fragile chip on 70 minutes, however Brandt instantly restored the lead on the different finish and Felix Passlack added a 3rd shortly afterwards.