The 2019-20 Bundesliga season ended in a blaze of goals as teams cast aside all pretence of defending in an orgy of attacking football.
A total of 31 goals was scored across all nine Bundesliga games with Bayer Leverkusen’s 1-0 home win over a Mainz sans Taiwo Awoniyi the only game not to witness more than one goal.
Nigerian forward Anthony Ujah signed off his season in style with a goal and assist for Union Berlin who relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf with a 3-0 win at the Alte Foersterei on Saturday.
It was Ujah’s fourth goal of the season and his side’s opening strike of the encounter.
Super Eagles left-back Jamilu Collins was at the receiving end of yet another defeat as his already-relegated Paderborn fell 3-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Paderborn’s defensive woes were once again on full display as goals from Sebastian Rode, Andre Silva, and Dan Bost put the home side 3-0 up before the visitors struck back in the final half-hour through Mohamed Draeger and Sven Miche to set up a pulsating finish.
New Super Eagles invitee Kingsley Ehizibue received a caution in a humiliating day at right-back for Koln who were thoroughly disgraced 6-1 at the Wohninvest Weser Stadion home of Werder Bremen.
Werder started the day in the relegation zone in 17th-place and needed to win to stand a chance of avoiding the drop through the playoffs depending on how Fortuna Düsseldorf who occupied the relegation playoff spot fared at Union Berlin.
With so much at stake, the home side came out all goals blazing and raced to 5-0 lead before the hour mark. Dominick Drexler pulled one back for the visitors but Joshua Sargent scored to restore Werder’s five-goal lead and condemn Koln to their heaviest defeat of the season.
The defeat was of no consequence to 14th-placed Koln who were promoted to the topflight last season as they get to enjoy another season in the Bundesliga.
Werder, meanwhile, profit off Düsseldorf’s loss at Union Berlin and will face the 3rd-placed team in 2. Bundesliga for a chance to remain in the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere, Chelsea-bound Timo Werner marked his final Bundesliga game for 3rd-placed RB Leipzig in recording breaking fashion scoring a brace in the 2-1 defeat of Augsburg who had Nigerian centre-back Felix Uduokhai on for ninety minutes.
Werner’s 27th and 28th league goals took his tally to 95 goals in 159 games for Leipzig and he leaves as the club’s highest goal scorer of all time.
He also finished runner up to Robert Lewandowski in the top scorers list, with the Bayern Munich striker having scored 34 goals this season.
Seventeen of Werner’s goals came away from home, equalling the all-time record for most away goals in a single campaign set by Borussia Monchengladbach’s Jupp Heynckes in 1973-74.
Uduokhai who was making his 27th Bundesliga appearance for the hosts could do little to stop the brilliant Werner.
The German international opened the scoring at the WWK Arena in the 28th minute and scored the ten minutes from time after Ruben Vargas’ 72nd-minute equalizer for Augsburg.
Wolfsburg missed out on an automatic Europa League spot after they were battered 4-0 at the Volkswagen Arena by visiting champions Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s third from the spot in the second half for his 34th league strike of the season.
Kingsley Coman and Michael Cuisance had put the champions 2-0 up in the first half with Thomas Mueller rounding off the scoring with Bayern’s 100th league goal of the season to ensure the visitors finish in 7th-place.
Andrej Kramaric scored all four goals as Hoffenheim beat listless Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund 4-0 at the Signal Iduna Park.
Kramaric’s heroics ensured the visitors leapfrogged Wolfsburg to claim 6th-place and automatic qualification for the Europa League.
Borussia Monchengladbach beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 to take fourth place.
Jonas Hofmann and Breel Embolo put Monchengladbach two goals up before Vedad Ibisevic bagged a consolation for the visitors in added time.
Gian-Luca Waldschmidt hit a brace as Freiburg condemned Schalke 04 to defeat at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Waldschmidt opened scoring for the hosts and completed his brace following goals from Jonathan Schmid and Lucas Hoeler to complete a 4-0 win for the hosts.