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Emotional Scenes As Dortmund Fans Sing and Applaud Players Despite Bundesliga Title Loss
- Supporters of Borussia Dortmund demonstrated a great act of sportsmanship despite their team's inability to end an 11-year league title drought
- Instead of lashing out at the players, they demonstrated their unflinching love for Edin Terzic's men
- Prior to Dortmund's make-or-break game against Mainz, fans of the club held a church service singing Liverpool's theme song "You’ll Never Walk Alone"
Fans of Borussia Dortmund put aside the heartbreak of missing out on the Bundesliga title on the final day to rally behind their team.
A full-packed Signal Iduna crowd were anticipating a first German championship in 11 years however, what will ensue after 90 minutes will leave the players dejected.
The Yellow and Black needed a win at home to seal their ninth title overall, but Mainz 05 proved to be the ultimate party poopers, going against the script by scoring twice before the half-hour mark.
But Edin Terzic's men will fight back to level the score, but their effort could only amount to the game ending in a 2-2 draw as Mainz held on, handing the league title to Bayern in heartbreaking fashion, Sky Sports reports.
With the players looking dejected and heartbroken, the 81,000+ fans gathered at the Signal Iduna Park offered a shoulder for the players and technical team to cry on by passionately singing out the club's anthem instead of berating them.
The gesture was duly recognized by the team, who lined up in front of the crowd.
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Haller's missed penalty proves costly
In a publication related to the game, Sports Brief reported that Sebastien Haller moved from hero to villain within a space of seven days after his missed penalty proved costly in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title chase.
Haller inspired Dortmund to a 3-0 win against Augsburg as the Yellow and Blacks usurped Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with a game remaining to end their 11-year title drought.
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However, the Ivorian will endure what will be a heartbreaking moment in front of the Dortmund faithful when his first-half penalty miss proved to be a catalyst for his side's inexplicable collapse on the final day against Mainz.
Bayern capitalize on Dortmund's collapse
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Bayern Munich have won their 11th straight Bundesliga title, a 90th-minute goal from Jamal Musiala sealing a late 2-1 win at Cologne after Borussia Dortmund were held 2-2 at home to Mainz.
With Bayern needing a win to overtake Dortmund, the England-raised Germany forward hammered home with the clock winding down, ensuring the Bavarians keep their grip on the title for another season.
Dortmund knew a win would guarantee a title but were 2-0 down after just 25 minutes, with striker Sebastien Haller also having missed a penalty.