Union secure historic UEFA Champions League qualification as Schalke relegated from Bundesliga


Bayern Munich may have pipped Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title, but Saturday was also a memorable day for Union Berlin.

Union Berlin secured UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time in their history when Schalke suffered relegation from the Bundesliga on the final day of the season.

Rani Khedira’s 81st-minute winner at home to Werder Bremen saw Union Pip Freiburg finish fourth in Germany’s top flight, with Urs Fischer booking his place in UEFA’s top club competition for next season.

However, there was no such luck for Schalke as they dropped back to the 2nd Bundesliga after a 4-2 defeat at third-placed RB Leipzig on Saturday.

While Bayern Munich celebrated beating Borussia Dortmund to the title on goal difference, Stuttgart will be fighting for a place in the top competition in the play-offs after a 1-1 draw at home to Hoffenheim.

Stuttgart will face either Hamburg or Heidenheim, with whoever finishes third in Germany’s second division due to battle with Sebastian Hoeness’s men for a Bundesliga place next term.

Had Stuttgart won, Augsburg would have been in this play-off after a 2-0 final-day defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach, while Bochum avoided danger with a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *