Erling Haaland scored in his final Borussia Dortmund match before his proposed move to Manchester City, with the Norwegian striker helping his current club to a 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin on the final day of the Bundesliga season.
Haaland netted a penalty with just over 20 minutes in a match branded ‘Goodbye Day by Dortmund. His equalizer at Signal Iduna Park sparked a comeback after Ishak Belfodil’s spot-kick for Hertha threatened to ruin his farewell.
And in a nod to Dortmund’s future, England international Jude Bellingham set up fellow teenager Youssouf Moukoko to score a late winner to give Haaland the perfect send-off.
The 21-year-old striker was substituted late on to a standing ovation.
It was announced last week that Haaland will complete a move to Manchester City this summer, after City activated its £ 51.5m release clause. However, Sky Sports News understands that the entire move involving agent fees and sign-on bonuses will rise above £ 80m.
There is a release clause in his five-year contract at City which can be triggered part-way through. Sky Sports News understands it is in excess of the € 150m (£ 127m) being reported in Germany. Manchester City are comfortable with the clause being included given the size of the fee required to trigger any sale would be a club-record sale.
Haaland started Saturday’s farewell by being applauded onto the pitch by his Dortmund team-mates for the warm-up, before bowing to the club’s Yellow Wall to thank the club’s supporters.
But when the game got going, Haaland’s final hurrah was not going to script. Dan-Axel Zagadou brought down Belfodil in the penalty area, with the Hertha man dusting himself down to put the visitors in front on 18 minutes.
Haaland had to wait for his chance and it came just after the hour mark when Raphaël Guerreiro was felled by Marvin Plattenhardt, leaving the Norwegian striker to fire home from the spot. It was the forward’s 86th goal in 89 games since joining at the start of 2020 – with Saturday’s goal his 28th of the current campaign in 29 matches.
After Moukoko’s late winner, Dortmund will end the season eight points behind champions Bayern Munich, while Hertha Berlin will face a play-off to stay in the top flight after ending the campaign in 17th.
After the game, Haaland thanked Dortmund fans for their support in his two-and-a-half years at Signal Iduna Park and spoke of his honor of playing at Signal Iduna Park.
“It has been nothing but an honor to wear this shirt,” the post read. “At @BVB I’ve spent memorable moments, met special people, not to mention a fanbase that has always been our extra man on the pitch. The Yellow Wall is truly incredible. I’ll never forget any of this! Thank you all ! “
Bundesliga round-up: Lewandowski scores as Bayern draw final game
Champions Bayern Munich squandered a two-goal lead to end their season with a 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday but of more concern was confirmation that top striker Robert Lewandowski said he wanted to leave the club.
With the Pole in the starting line-up after informing the club of his wish to leave and not extend his contract that runs out next year, Bayern were in control from the start. Josip Stanisic headed them in front in the 17th minute, setting a new league record with the club’s 48th away goal in a season.
Lewandowski doubled their lead in what could have been his last game for Bayern in the 40th minute with his 35th league goal of the season as he was crowned top scorer in the Bundesliga for the fifth season in a row.
Jonas Wind pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of half-time and Max Kruse slotted in just before the hour mark to draw them level as Bayern ran out of ideas. Bayern had secured their 10th straight league title a couple of weeks earlier.
RB Leipzig scored in added time through Willi Orban to snatch a 1-1 draw at Arminia Bielefeld and secure their Champions League berth with a fourth-place finish as their opponents were relegated.
Leipzig needed at least one point to make sure of a top-four place, but their job was made easier after Freiburg lost 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen to fall short on the last matchday.
Janni Serra scored for Arminia in the 70th minute, but Orban headed in from a free-kick to earn his side a point. Leipzig will join champions Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and third-placed Leverkusen in the Champions League.
Union Berlin completed their sensational season with a 3-2 over VfL Bochum to finish fifth on 57 points, one behind Leipzig, and secure a spot in the Europa League.
Cologne conceded a stoppage-time goal at VfB Stuttgart to go 2-1 down but still end up in the Europa Conference League. Stuttgart’s last-gasp goal kept them up for another season, sending Hertha Berlin into a relegation playoff. Arminia remained in 17th and will join Greuther Fuerth in the second division.
Ligue 1: Monaco on course for CL spot
A Wissam Ben Yedder hat-trick put Monaco on the brink of securing a direct Champions League spot for next season as they stormed back to beat Stade Brestois 4-2 at home for their ninth consecutive victory in Ligue 1.
Monaco were trailing 2-0 at their Louis II Stadium after 23 minutes, but Ben Yedder reduced the arrears before the break and netted twice in four minutes early in the second half. Kevin Volland was also on target to lift them up to second place on 68 points with one game left.
Marseille slipped down to third on goal difference as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Rennes. Benjamin Bourigeaud and Lovro Majer found the back of the net to send Rennes up to fourth place on 65 points a week before what looks like being a nail-biting finale.
The top two teams qualify directly for the Champions League group stage while the side who finish third take part in the third qualifying round.
Paris Saint-Germainwho were already crowned champions last month, beat Montpellier 4-0 away courtesy of a Lionel Messi double with Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe scoring the others.
Nice’s hopes of playing in the Champions League were ended when they lost 3-1 at home to Lille, who prevailed with a Jonathan David double.
Bottom side Girondins de Bordeaux were left on the brink of relegation after a 0-0 draw against Lorient left them on 28 points, three points from the playoff spot, but with a much worse goal difference than 18th-placed Metz.
In Ligue 2, AC Ajaccio beat Toulousewho were already promoted, 1-0 to secure their place in the top flight. AJ Auxerre finished third after a 2-1 home win against Amiens and will take part in the play-offs.
Serie A: Pellegrini misses two pens in Roma draw
Rome drew 1-1 with relegated Venezia in their last home Serie A match of the season after their captain Lorenzo Pellegrini failed to convert two penalties.
Roma remained sixth in the standings in the Europa Conference League qualifying position on 60 points from 37 games, only one point ahead of Fiorentina and Atalanta who both have a match in hand.
Venezia forward David Okereke opened the scoring in the first minute, heading in a cross from midfielder Mattia Aramu.
Roma were handed the chance to level after Venezia midfielder Sofian Kiyine was penalized but Pellegrini sent his penalty against the woodwork in the 19th minute.
Pellegrini had an opportunity to make amendments in the 56th minute but his spot-kick hit the top of the crossbar.
Roma striker Eldor Shomurodov grabbed the equalizer when he smashed the ball home from a rebound in the 76th minute.
Diego Perotti was in tears at the final whistle and had to be consoled by his teammates after his late penalty was saved in relegation-threatened Salernitana’s 1-1 draw with Empoli.
Salernitana inched two points clear of the drop zone but missed a chance to gain more ground before Cagliari and Genoa play on Sunday.
Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario pulled off a number of fine saves, including the penalty stop, although he was also somewhat at fault for Federico Bonazzoli’s second-half equalizer after Patrick Cutrone had given Empoli the lead.
Elsewhere, Turin were 1-0 winners against Verona while Spezia beat Udinese 3-2.
La Liga: Managerless Espanyol held
Espanyol were held by valence to 1-1 – a day after the club fired its coach and sports director with two games remaining in La Liga.
Espanyol fired coach Vicente Moreno and sports director Francisco Rufete Perez on Friday with fans angry about the teams poor finish to the season. Reserve team coach Luis Blanco took over as a caretaker.
Espanyol striker Ral de Toms equalized in first-half injury time after the opener from Maxi Gomez. De Toms took his league tally to 17 goals.
The result was somewhat meaningless to both sides, who are destined to finish around the middle of the table and out of both the relegation battle and the berths for European competition.