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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 Monchengladbach 14 +14 31
2 RB Leipzig 14 +23 30
3 Borussia Dortmund 14 +14 26
4 Schalke 04 14 +7 25
5 SC Freiburg 14 +7 25
6 Bayer Leverkusen 14 +4 25
7 Bayern Munich 14 +15 24
8 TSG Hoffenheim 14 -4 21
9 VfL Wolfsburg 14 +1 20
10 FC Union Berlin 14 -1 19
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 14 +2 18
12 FC Augsburg 14 -6 17
13 Mainz 14 -14 15
14 Werder Bremen 14 -7 14
15 Hertha Berlin 14 -9 12
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 14 -13 12
17 SC Paderborn 07 14 -15 8
18 FC Cologne 14 -18 8