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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 Bayern Munich 29 +49 67
2 Borussia Dortmund 29 +32 66
3 RB Leipzig 29 +33 58
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 +23 52
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 +13 51
6 TSG Hoffenheim 29 +21 47
7 Werder Bremen 29 +11 46
8 Bayer Leverkusen 29 +3 45
9 VfL Wolfsburg 29 +3 45
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 29 -17 37
11 Hertha Berlin 29 -7 35
12 Mainz 29 -16 33
13 SC Freiburg 29 -11 32
14 FC Augsburg 29 -15 28
15 Schalke 04 29 -17 27
16 VfB Stuttgart 29 -34 21
17 Nurnberg 29 -30 18
18 Hannover 96 29 -41 14