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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Maximilian Philipp (16')
  • Bote Baku (4')
  • Yoshinori Muto (13')

Borussia Dortmund lose at home to Mainz; left to wait for UCL

SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund are still waiting to secure Champions League football after a 2-1 loss at home to relegation-battling Mainz that secured a second-place finish in the Bundesliga for local rivals Schalke.

Early goals from Bote Baku and Yoshinori Muto had Mainz 2-0 up within 13 minutes at the Westfalenstadion. Maximillian Philipp reduced the deficit on 16 minutes, but Dortmund were unable to claim an equaliser.

The win ensures Mainz's top-flight status for next season, as they are now six points clear above 16th-placed Wolfsburg.

There were emotional scenes before the match as Roman Weidenfeller, the veteran goalkeeper for the back-to-back Bundesliga title wins of 2010-11 and 2011-12 and the run to the 2013 Champions League final, bid farewell to the club's fans on what was his final home match for them.

The 37-year-old was only named on the bench, and looked on as No. 1 Roman Burki conceded in the fourth minute and again nine minutes later when Mainz's top scorer Muto netted his eighth league goal of the season.

Philipp then ensured a quick response with his third goal in his last five games. However, Dortmund's failure to mount a comeback, coupled with Schalke's 2-1 win at Augsburg, means Peter Stoger's side travel to Hoffenheim for their final match of the season knowing a draw will confirm their place in the Champions League next season.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund 14 +25 36
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 14 +17 29
3 Bayern Munich 14 +10 27
4 RB Leipzig 14 +11 25
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 14 +13 23
6 Hertha Berlin 14 +2 23
7 TSG Hoffenheim 14 +9 22
8 Werder Bremen 14 +1 21
9 VfL Wolfsburg 14 0 19
10 Mainz 14 -2 19
11 Bayer Leverkusen 14 -5 18
12 SC Freiburg 14 -3 17
13 Schalke 04 14 -5 14
14 FC Augsburg 14 -3 13
15 Nurnberg 14 -19 11
16 VfB Stuttgart 14 -20 11
17 Hannover 96 14 -13 10
18 Fortuna Düsseldorf 14 -18 9