After a rocky season, Borussia Dortmund have finished strong and finished in style, officially securing top four this Sunday with a 3-1 win over FSV Mainz 05. The win earns the Black & Yellows a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, just days after they won the DFB Pokal over RB Leipzig.
The win also extends Edin Terzic’s domestic win streak to seven games. In that time Wolfsburg and Frankfurt have accumulated just three wins, and it’s no surprise that Dortmund have closed the gap as a result. The belief that Terzic has instilled in his players is evident for all to see, reinstalling the likes of Dahoud and Hitz into the team, and even taking it to the best team in the world in the UEFA Champions League. This has all culminated in the 38-year-old leading the club back into the world’s greatest club competition next season, when just a few weeks ago that feat seemed to be in serious doubt.
Dortmund’s big win against Mainz started early with a fantastic strike from Raphael Guerreiro, the Portuguese’s fifth goal of the season. The Black & Yellows remained in cruise control from there, with Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho each showing moments of brilliance and troubling Mainz’s robust defense. It was exactly that combination for Dortmund’s second of the night, after Guerreiro’s superb flick sent Jadon Sancho through to work some magic and Reus tapped the ball into the net.
Terzic’s men started the second half slow as they did against Leipzig in the cup earlier in the week, but pressed from the front particularly well. This stopped Mainz’s attempts to play out from the back and gain traction in the match, and allowed the Black & Yellows enough time to find their feet again. Roman Burki ended up playing his part in not only a couple stellar saves but also a great long kick into the path of Erling Haaland for the powerful Norwegian to run onto, which was then converted by Julian Brandt moments later for 3-0. It was another piece of Terzic magic, as the German international had only been brought onto the pitch four minutes earlier. The Black & Yellows couldn’t keep their clean sheet in tact however, as Robin Quaison smashed the ball into the back of the net right at the death from a penalty kick. With Thorgan Hazard not even looking at the ball when it struck his hand, Terzic’s team could consider themselves unlucky to concede, but the Swedish striker’s goal gave him some personal glory – becoming Mainz’s all-time top scorer. Despite that, Borussia Dortmund eased to victory, securing their seventh straight domestic win.
So although it seemed in serious doubt just last month, the Black & Yellows have officially secured Champions League football for next season, and may even now climb into third place with one match still to play. Regardless of Marco Rose’s arrival next season, the backroom staff should now be doing everything in their power to keep Edin Terzic at the club long-term.