Bayern Munich missed the chance to win the Bundesliga title when they lost to relegation-threatened Mainz 2-1 on Saturday.
Goals from the first half of Jonathan Burcard and Robin Queson halted the celebrations for the Bayern title and lifted Mainz to five points from the relegation zone after a remarkable turnaround in the second half of the season.
Robert Lewandowski returned a month after an out with a knee injury to score for Bayern in the fourth minute of the injury and took the result of the season to 36, but it was too late for the eight-time defenders of the champion.
“We tried, but in the end we didn’t deserve to take a point here,” said Thomas Mueller.
Bayern could still win the title this weekend, depending on how Leipzig qualifies against Stuttgart on Sunday. Defeat in Leipzig would give Bayern the title with three games, but everything else means that the Bavarian power plant will have to wait. Bayern host Borussia Mönchengladbach next weekend with the next chance to win the league.
Mainz striker Burcard opened the scoring in the third minute when Bayern captain Manuel Neuer was deceived by his central shot.
Neuer reacted well to deny Mainz a second goal minutes later, then again in the 16th, a minute after Lewandowski had Bayern’s first chance.
But Quaison topped Mainz’s second goal in the 37th when he beat Mueller and David Alaba to face a free kick by Philippe Mweni.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick reacted with three changes during the break, Eric Maxim Chupo-Motting and Jamal Musiala replaced the ineffective Leroy Sane and Kingsley Koman, and Tangi Nianzu continued for Leon Gorecka, who was threatened with a second reservation.
Bayern came back 2-0 to win the return match 5-2 in Munich on January 3, but Mainz had a different perspective as Bo Svensson took over as coach the next day. Mainz is unbeaten in seven games with five wins in this round.
Erling Haaland scored twice for Borussia Dortmund to beat third-placed Wolfsburg 2-0 and put pressure on Eintracht Frankfurt before the end of the match at Bayer Leverkusen. Frankfurt is just one point ahead of Dortmund in fourth place, the last place to qualify for the Champions League.
Haaland took advantage of a wrong return pass from German defender Riddle Baku to open the scoring in the 12th minute.
Another youngster, 17-year-old Jude Bellingham, left Dortmund with a man when he was sent off for his second yellow card with just over half an hour of play.
But Mahmoud Dahud won the ball to send Haaland on his way to his second goal in the 68th. This was the 25-year-old Norwegian’s 25th season of the season.
Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo celebrated his first start since March with a hat-trick for Union Berlin to beat Werder Bremen 3-1 and extend the away club’s record of seven games.
“The situation is very dangerous. We need to get points as soon as possible, “said Bremen coach Florian Kochfeld, whose side was just one point above the relegation zone.
Union also increased their chances for football in the Europa League, reducing the difference in the sixth Leverkusen by only one point before the end of the match.
Also, Freiburg drew with Hoffenheim 1-1.