Arminia Bielefeld gave everything for the miracle - and still descends to the 2nd Bundesliga for the eighth time. The East Westphalia ran a 1-1 (0: 0) on the last matchday to the favorite RB Leipzig and in the meantime made the Saxons tremble for the champions League participation.
In the end, it was not enough for the Arminia to jump to the relegation place. A separate victory would have been a prerequisite, and VfB Stuttgart should have lost.
Janni Serra (70th) put Bielefeld in the lead and at least fueled a little hope of a miracle, Willi Orban (90.+4) equalized for Leipzig and brought RB into the premier class for the fourth time in a row. RB still has to shake quickly. The DFB Cup final in Berlin is coming up in exactly one week. Opponent: Freiburg.
Farewell mood overlaid the game. In view of three points and eight goals behind the relegation place, hardly anyone in Bielefeld still believed in a real chance of rescue.
This was made by Bielefeld on Friday with a personnel decision: DSC record goal scorer Fabian Klos, who had already announced his farewell, is still in a twelfth season. The 34 -year -old fan favorite, who had suffered a serious head injury against VfB Stuttgart on matchday 28, did not want to "leave our stadium on a stretcher".
Arminia Bielefeld is about to change
Apart from that, Bielefeld faces a huge change: eight professionals were adopted on Saturday, including the long -time goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. A new head coach is also being sought, Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich II) and Enrico Maassen (Borussia Dortmund II) are considered the hottest candidates.
With the kick -off, all melancholy was gone: Bielefeld, surprisingly winning 2-0 in the first leg, threw his whole fighter into the balance again before 22,719 watching the high favorites.
Leipzig needed about a quarter of an hour to develop solutions against the poisonous opponent. In the first RB chance, only the post prevented the 21st goal of the goal of Christopher Nkunku (13th), after 25 minutes Benjamin Henrichs aimed too high.
Serra gives Arminia Bielefeld hope for a short time
The pressure on the Bielefeld gate grew steadily, and Ortega parried in the 34th minute of a Nkunku flat shot. The significantly larger (individual) class of the Leipziger became more and more obvious.
On the other hand, the clammy underdog from East Westphalia again came to its natural limits: With all efforts, the offensive efficiency of the Bielefeld was not sufficient for the 1st division throughout the season. The header of the free -standing Serra from a few meters was examined past the Leipzig goal (44th).
When the customer came to the Alm in the second half that VfB collected the 1-1 against 1. FC Köln, the Arminia fans went back to the full - and Serra gave the alpine hope after Peter Gulacsi had parried strongly against Robin Hack.