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Dortmund safe Champions League spot with sixth straight Bundesliga win

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Borussia Dortmund secured their place within the Champions League for subsequent season as Raphael Guerreiro, Marco Reus and Julian Brandt scored in a 3-1 win at Mainz on Sunday.

Guerreiro and captain Reus hit first-half objectives earlier than Germany winger Brandt made positive of the three factors with a late effort.

With one sport left, Dortmund, who routed Leipzig 4-1 to win the German Cup in midweek, can not end exterior of the Bundesliga’s prime 4.

Mainz striker Robin Quaison claimed his thirtieth Bundesliga objective by netting a Ninetieth-minute penalty.

Qualifying for Europe caps a outstanding turnaround by Dortmund within the final six weeks.

They had been fifth and 7 factors from the Champions League locations after shedding 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in early April.

Dortmund have since received all six league video games to ensure a spot subsequent season within the group phases of the Champions League.

“Not many individuals believed in us,” Dortmund captain Reus instructed Sky when requested about bridging the seven-point hole.

“The workforce deserves an unbelievable praise. Now we have proven a extremely robust mentality in the previous couple of weeks.

“When we’ve got to, we’re able to nice issues.”

Dortmund’s purple patch has prolonged to the German Cup, successful Thursday’s closing after Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland each scored twice in Berlin.

Qualifying for Europe additionally reduces the possibility of star striker Haaland leaving on the finish of the season.

The 20-year-old has made no secret of the actual fact he desires Champions League soccer and his agent Mino Raiola has just lately fuelled hypothesis the Norwegian may go away.

Haaland has a contract till 2024, however there may be reportedly a launch clause which turns into energetic in 2022.

Dortmund are adamant he’s staying, with sports activities director Michael Zorc insisting Haaland “will play for us subsequent season” earlier than kick-off Sunday.

– Haaland help –

Of their earlier house sport, Mainz pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Bayern Munich, who’ve since been confirmed Bundesliga champions, however Dortmund allowed no such repeat.

Dortmund took the lead when Guerreiro unleashed an unstoppable shot from the sting of the world on 23 minutes.

The guests saved up the stress and Dortmund had appeals for a handball turned down when a Reus flick caught the hand of Mainz defender Alexander Hack.

Reus received on the scoresheet when Sancho ghosted previous defenders and squared the ball for his captain to faucet house three minutes from the break.

There was a ten-minute delay to the second-half after a storm drenched the Mainz pitch, however Dortmund picked up the place they left off.

Simply after approaching, Brandt fired house having mixed with Haaland after the pair opened up the Mainz defence ten minutes from the whistle.

There was nonetheless time for Quaison to develop into his membership’s all-time prime scorer in Germany’s prime flight.

Later, Wolfsburg additionally secured their Champions League place as attacking midfielder Maximilian Philipp scored each their first-half objectives in a 2-2 draw at RB Leipzig, which benefited either side.

The purpose at house secured the runners-up spot for Leipzig.

Three days after discovering themselves 3-0 down at half-time within the German Cup closing, Leipzig had been once more caught napping at house to Wolfsburg.

Together with his facet 2-0 down at half-time, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, who will take cost of Bayern Munich subsequent season, responded by bringing on Spanish left-back Angelinho and Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara.

The double substitution lifted the hosts as Justin Kluivert pulled a objective again inside six minutes of the restart earlier than captain Marcel Sabitzer transformed a penalty after Wolfsburg midfielder Paulo Otavio fouled Haidara.

The draw leaves Wolfsburg fourth, however degree on 61 factors with Dortmund in third.

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