Augsburg (9-7-16) looks to get more points, as a sixth-placed finish is still possible. The Fuggerstadter looks to secure three points with a win here at WWK Arena to avoid a relegation scare. Augsburg’s last game ended with a 3-2 defeat against VFL Bochum 1848.
Borussia Dortmund (21-4-7) is building up their winning ways, as they have a chance to get the top spot in the Bundesliga with a win here. BVB is on a six-game unbeaten run, which included a 5-2 home victory against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Borussia Dortmund are one win away from the Bundesliga title after beating 10-man Augsburg to move top of the table.
Victory takes them two points clear of Bayern Munich, who lost 3-1 to RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Felix Uduokhai was sent off in the first half for a foul on Donyell Malen before Sebastian Haller opened the scoring with a low strike in the 58th minute.
Haller then finished from close range before Julian Brandt got a late third.
Victory means Dortmund are in a strong position to win the Bundesliga for the first time since 2011-12 and deny Bayern Munich an 11th-successive title.
Thomas Tuchel takes his Bayern side to Koln on the final day of the season next Saturday but Dortmund know a win at home to Mainz at the same time will secure the trophy.
Dortmund move two points ahead of Bayern Munich, who slumped to a 3-1 home defeat by RB Leipzig on Saturday. Edin Terzic’s side know that a home win over Mainz next Saturday will secure their first title since the 2011-12 season under Jürgen Klopp. Bayern will travel to Cologne hoping for a BVB slip-up in order to extend their run of consecutive Bundesliga titles to 10.
“This has not been the season of missed chances but the season of setbacks,” Terzic said. “It is now about taking that last step. This year we are closer than we have been for a long time. We will sleep six more times, step on the gas and hopefully get to hold the Bundesliga trophy in our hands.”
In a one-sided first half, Dortmund had 16 shots on goal to Augsburg’s one and also hit a post through Niklas Süle. The hosts needed a win to secure their top-flight status but suffered a major blow in the 38th minute, when Uduokhai brought down Donyell Malen to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Emre Can also hit the woodwork for the visitors after the restart but their nerves were eased when Haller went round Tomas Koubek and slotted in off the post to send the away fans wild. The Dortmund keeper, Gregor Kobel, then did well to stop Irvin Cardona’s shot as Augsburg sought an immediate response.
Haller, who had missed much of the season after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, made sure of victory and set up a grandstand finale to the end of the league season when he scored on the rebound with six minutes to go.
“If someone told me six months ago that I would be in this situation today I would not have believed them,” Haller, who underwent surgery and chemotherapy before his return to action in 2023, said. “We have invested a lot and now we have a chance to achieve something big. There is no magic. It is about investing.
Haller finally opened the scoring in the 58th minute when he took advantage of sloppy Augsburg defending to grab a loose ball in the box before thumping his finish in the far post.
The 28-year-old then made it 2-0 with the simplest of finishes when Koubek could only parry Marco Reus’ effort straight onto the path of the striker.
Brandt then made it 3-0 deep into stoppage time with a wonderful left-footed finish to give his side the three points.
Dortmund now host Mainz in front of their home crowd knowing a win will secure the Bundesliga title. A draw or a loss would also give them the title in case Bayern fail to beat Koln next Saturday.
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