Bayern crash out at Mainz, Haaland score a hat-trick in Dortmund loss


Mainz celebrate their shock home win over Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Saturday © AFP/Daniel ROLAND

Berlin (AFP), April 30 – Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered a hangover in a shock 3-1 defeat at Mainz on Saturday, while Erling Haaland netted a hat-trick even though Borussia Dortmund also crashed out 4-3 at home against Bochum.

A week after Bayern beat second-placed Dortmund 3-1 in Munich to be crowned league champions for the tenth consecutive season, Germany’s top two clubs have both lost.

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann was furious after his side’s lackluster performance at Mainz, who also hit the woodwork four times in a deserved win.

“There are too many losses, too many of the same,” fumed Nagelsmann.

“I think we still need some basic passion in our game, which we didn’t have today.

“Not going to the limit in every situation is human after the tenth consecutive title, but we still wear the badge on our chest.”

German Under-21 striker Jonathan Burkardt and French defender Moussa Niakhate gave Mainz a 2-0 lead after exploiting huge holes in the Bayern defence.

The Bavarians pulled one back when Robert Lewandowski netted his 34th Bundesliga goal this season, claiming a league record having scored 18 away times this campaign.

Midfielder Leandro Barreiro grabbed Mainz’s third goal just after the break when his shot took a bad deflection and looped into the Bayern goal.

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At Dortmund, Bochum took a 2-0 lead after just eight minutes thanks to goals from Sebastian Polter and Gerrit Holtmann.

Haaland led the fight converting two penalties and then netted his third goal with an hour left.

However, Bochum fought back with goals in the final ten minutes.

Juergen Locadia fired one before Milos Pantovic converted the winning penalty after a handball from Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel.

Bochum picked up their second major scalp this year after a shock 4-2 home win over Bayern in February.

– Home fans light up Dortmund –

Erling Haaland (R) shows his frustration in Saturday’s home loss to Bochum © AFP / INA FASSBENDER

The Dortmund team walked away to a chorus of whistles from their home fans.

“I can understand the fans being annoyed, but the guys didn’t deserve to be insulted like that,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose.

“We are all mega disappointed.

“We reacted well after falling behind quickly, but when I look at the table and see 50 goals conceded (this season), it’s clear what the main problem is.”

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Cologne climbed to sixth place and remain on track to play European football next season after a 4-1 loss at Augsburg.

Veteran striker Anthony Modeste converted a penalty, then fired in his second to seal the win.

Stuttgart maintained their chances of avoiding relegation as midfielder Chris Fuehrich fired in a late equalizer off the crossbar to seal a 1-1 draw at home to Wolfsburg.

Stuttgart remain 16th, resulting in a relegation play-off at the end of the season.

They have two tough games left – away to Bayern and at home to Cologne – to close the four-point gap to 15th-placed and secure safety next season.

Hertha Berlin, who have four points and a place above Stuttgart in safety of 15th, are not yet sure of avoiding relegation after a 1-1 draw against second from bottom Arminia Bielefeld .

Hertha cruised to a 1-0 victory thanks to a header from midfielder Lucas Tousart before Swedish defender Joakim Nilsson acquiesced in a final equalizer for Bielefeld.

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