Bayern Munich defeated Cologne to surpass Borussia Dortmund on the decisive final day, winning their 11th straight Bundesliga championship.
Dortmund would have won the championship if they had defeated Mainz, but a 2-2 draw gave Bayern the advantage.
The winning goal by Jamal Musiala in the 89th minute gave them the edge.
Kingsley Coman’s earlier goal had been cancelled out by a Cologne penalty, but Musiala enraged the away supporters.
Despite coming back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime, Dortmund’s players and supporters were despondent. Sebastian Haller’s first-half penalty attempt was saved.
With only nine minutes left, Dejan Ljubicic of Cologne equalized from the spot to appear as though Bayern had lost their chance.
Dortmund had an opportunity to tie the score late on through Niklas Sule, but Musiala curled home in the waning seconds to break their hearts.
Bayern defeated Dortmund for the championship on goal differential; both teams finished with 71 points.
For manager Thomas Tuchel, who took over for Julian Nagelsmann in March, it was a fruitful conclusion to the campaign.
Oliver Kahn, the company’s chief executive officer, and Hasan Salihamidzic, its sporting director, both of whom won 14 championships while playing for Bayern, were fired shortly after the last whistle, according to a Bayern statement.
In response to the firings, manager Thomas Tuchel said, “Instead of rejoicing, we now have another difficulty.
Dortmund is in tears as they prepare for “a brutal few days.”
The final day that established the championship
Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman celebrates his goal.
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga for the eleventh year in a row, defeating Bayer Leverkusen to do so. Bayern Munich was attempting to become the first team since 1999-2000 to win the title after starting the final day in second place.
They needed to defeat Cologne and pray that Dortmund lost at home to a Mainz squad that had nothing to play for for in order for it to happen.
With a goal from France winger Coman, who has won the championship with Paris St-Germain, Juventus, and Bayern in each of his four seasons playing professional football, Bayern took the lead after eight minutes.
Andreas Hanche-Olsen gave Mainz their startling lead shortly after.
Dortmund had a fantastic opportunity to tie the game, but Haller’s weak penalty was saved. After missing the first half of this season while he recovered from testicular cancer, it was his first penalty kick for the team.
A minute later, Karim Onisiwo increased Mainz’s lead, making matters worse for the home team.
Dortmund now had to score three goals, or Cologne would defeat Bayern and score.
Raphael Guerreiro’s 2-1 score gave them hope, and Ljubicic’s Cologne penalty-kick equalizer put Dortmund nine minutes away from the championship.
They were devastated when Musiala, a former England Under-21 midfielder now playing for Germany, expertly finished from within the area.
Bayern had completed their task when the final horn sounded in Cologne, and Thomas Muller, who has now won a record 12 Bundesliga championships, was seen watching the other game on a phone.
When Sule’s deflected goal made it 2-2 for Dortmund in the 96th minute, he probably became a little worried.
However, they were unable to come up with a winner in the last seconds, and their hopes of winning their first championship since Jurgen Klopp’s reign vanished.
The renowned “Yellow Wall” stand remained to applaud their team after the game, with manager Edin Terzic and England midfielder Jude Bellingham in tears after being a substitute but not utilized due to an injury.
Jude Bellingham, a midfielder for Dortmund, is in negotiations to join Real Madrid this summer.
Tuchel leads Bayern to victory.
When Tuchel assumed over, Bayern lagged Dortmund by one point.
With this thrilling victory, Tuchel wins his first Bundesliga championship and lends some justification to the shocking decision to fire Nagelsmann with two months left in the campaign.
When Tuchel joined, Bayern had already been eliminated from the German Cup and the Champions League while they were still vying for a treble. Had Dortmund defeated Mainz, it would have been their first season without a trophy since 2011–12.
After Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Jupp Heynckes, Niko Kovac, Hansi Flick (who won it twice), and Nagelsmann, he is the seventh different manager to win the title with Bayern in the past eight years.
The pair, who have now won the trophy 11 times together, were the forward Muller and the injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who missed the second part of the season after fracturing his leg while on vacation skiing.
Can anyone stop Bayern Munich, which is “almost too big to fail”?
“This is an incredible, exciting moment. Although I hoped it would, Muller remarked, “I didn’t think it would.
“We gave up an equalizer, as we have done throughout the entire season, and Musiala then drilled in the winning goal.
“Football fans have the perception that we don’t deserve this, and I can understand that given how crazy the second part of the season has been for us.
Musiala, who has already participated in four championship seasons at the age of 20, may be headed in the direction of the kind of title totals Muller has amassed.