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Mainz Stun Dortmund, Cologne Comeback Highlights Bundesliga Relegation Battle

Posted : 12 May 2024

In a critical day for the Bundesliga relegation battle, Mainz surged out of the bottom three with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund, while Cologne orchestrated a remarkable comeback to edge past Union Berlin 3-2. Mainz's blistering start saw them grab a three-goal advantage within just 23 minutes, with Leandro Barreiro and Lee Jae-sung finding the net early on. Their relentless performance, coupled with Dortmund's lineup changes ahead of their upcoming Champions League final, paved the way for Mainz's crucial win, extending their unbeaten streak to eight games.


With Dortmund prioritizing their Champions League commitments, Mainz capitalized on the opportunity to secure a vital victory. Despite Dortmund's second-half efforts, including substitutions of key players like Jadon Sancho and Julian Brandt, Mainz held firm to claim the win. Dortmund coach Edin Terzic defended his team selection, citing similarities to their previous successful lineup, but acknowledged Mainz's clinical finishing as decisive in the outcome.


Meanwhile, Cologne staged a remarkable late comeback against Union Berlin, with Damion Downs scoring a dramatic 92nd-minute winner after being 2-0 down. Union's early lead was neutralized by Cologne's spirited fightback, exemplified by Steffen Tigges' equalizer in the 87th minute. Cologne captain Florian Kainz hailed the victory as "hugely important," recognizing the nerve-wracking nature of the match and the significance of the win in their survival bid.


Despite Cologne's triumph, Mainz's victory means the former can only hope for a relegation playoff spot on the final day, while Union Berlin faces an uphill battle to secure their top-flight status. With both teams facing challenging fixtures in their season finales, the relegation battle in the Bundesliga remains tense and unpredictable, adding further drama to the conclusion of the campaign.


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