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Bundesliga 2021-22 ended: Final Matchday recap

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Let’s review our main takeways from the final matchday of the Bundesliga campaign. 

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Another Bundesliga season ended with Bayern Munich claiming the league title for the tenth consecutive time.

Nine matches took place across Germany to wrap up the season, with four sides securing Champions League spots for the next season.

Let’s take a look at our four takeaways from Bundesliga’s 34 (final) matchday of the 2021-22 season.

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Bayern end the season with another underwhelming display

Since claiming the title with a 3-1 victory over Dortmund, Bayern have displayed a sudden dip in form. The Bavarians suffered a 3-1 defeat against Mainz before Stuttgart held them to a 2-2 draw last weekend.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side faced Wolfsburg in their last match of the season. A 2-0 win in the first half saw Robert Lewandowski score his 50th goal of the season. However, Wolfsburg managed to secure a point with a quick comeback at the beginning of the second period.

Lewandowski celebrated winning his tenth Bundesliga title while also becoming the Bundesliga top-scorer with 35 goals. 

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With Hasan Salihamidzic confirming Lewa has asked to leave the club, the Wolfsburg draw might be the last time we see the striker in Bayern’s jersey.

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Top-four race: Who qualified for the Champions League?

After today’s game, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Leverkusen and RB Leipzig secured Champions League qualifications for the next season.

Out of the top-four teams, only Leipzig had not claimed their spot before today. A last-minute equalizer by Willi Orban was enough to keep Die Rotten Bullen on the fourth spot on the table.

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Last season, Bayern were the only Bundesliga side to go beyond the last-16 round in the Champions League. Let’s see if the German teams can do better in the 2022-23 campaign.

Relegation batte: Which teams won’t play in the Bundesliga next season?

A close relegation battle between Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin saw the Berliners slip to 16th place on the table. Hertha lost their final game of the season 2-1 against Dortmund while Stuttgart defeated Koln with the same result.

Hertha will have to go through the playoffs in a bid to remain in the German top flight. On the other hand, the league’s bottom two, Arminia Bielefeld and Greuther Fürth, were relegated directly after today’s fixtures.

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Season wonders: Freiburg and Union claim European spots

Union Berlin maintained their incredible form to secure a place in the next season’s Europa League. The Berliners defeated Bochum 3-2 on Saturday, claiming their sixth win in seven games. 

The Europa League qualification is another step in Union’s steady rise in German football since their Bundesliga promotion in 2019. 

The Berlin side went from finishing 11th to a seventh spot before rising all the way up to fifth place this season. It will be lovely to see a full Alten Försterei Stadium in Europa League next season.

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Freiburg lost their last game of the season 2-1 against Leverkusen but still reached the next season’s UEFA Conference League.

The Bundesliga heavyweights have improved significantly under Christian Streich this season, standing in the top four for a good chunk of the season.

The season is still not finished for Freiburg as they must prepare to face Leipzig in the DFB Pokal final on May 21.

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