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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.

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German Bundesliga Standings

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

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