SEASON 12 -the final day


The last day of the season always brings the excitement, celebrations and the tears of titles, promotion and the dreaded relegation. This season was no different with, despite a lot of things already being settled, plenty of nerve wracking minutes to be played out. I was going to cover all 5 divisions individually but before the games got underway, decided to concentrate on the extraordinary last day in Division 4.
Therefore, there is a quick ‘as it happened’ of the last day in Division 1, 2, 3 & 5 with extensive coverage of how it happened in Division 4.
So here is how it all unfolded:

DIVISION 1

BARCELONA had already been crowned Champions for the 8th time. A truly incredible achievement for the Spanish giants as they made it 4 titles in a row. Who can truly stop them? They finished 15pts ahead of Chelsea and an amazing 26pts ahead of 3rd places Paris Saint-Germain. They 3 teams were already guaranteed a Champions Cup place with the last spot between Bayern Munich, Juventus and RSC Anderlecht. Bayern required a win at Barcelona, Juventus required a win at home to Chelsea with a Bayern defeat while Anderlecht had to win at home to relegated Hamburger SV and hope for a Bayern Munich defeat and for Juventus to fail to win.
The two clubs who failed to take the last spot would compete in the Euro Shield along with Atlético Madrid, SC Internacional, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.
At the bottom, Genoa CFC only needed a point at home to AS Roma to be safe while FC Basel required a win at relegated FC Schalke and a Genoa defeat.
This is how it panned out for these games only:

4min – ⚽️ A fantastic start for Genoa as Júnior gives them an early lead. Genoa currently safe no matter what FC Basel do.

9min – ⚽️ Van Aanholt gives Basel the lead at Schalke to put pressure on Genoa.

24min – ⚽️ Schalke 0 Basel 2, Talisca scores as Basel try and finish the game early. Genoa still 1-0 up.

27min – ⚽️ Juventus strike first blow in the race for the remaining Champions Cup place. Jesus with the goal.
As it stands, 4th Juventus 68pts, 5th Bayern Munich 68pts, Anderlecht 66pts.

35min – ⚽️ Anderlecht ahead!! Ocampos scores As they join Bayern and Juventus on 68pts. Juventus have the best goal difference followed by Bayern and then Anderlecht.

39min – ⚽️ Parejo pulls one back for Schalke. Basel lead 2-1 while it is still 1-0 for Genoa.

45min – It is half time around the grounds and, as it stands, Juventus will be in the Champions Cup while, at the bottom, it will be Division 2 football for FC Basel.

2nd half – And we are underway again with the next 45min deciding the fate of the teams with something to play for.

47min – ⚽️ Goal for Anderlecht!! The Belgians go 2-0 up on Hamburger with Mendy scoring. They remain in 6th on goal difference and are depending on news from elsewhere to get them excited.

49min – ⚽️ It’s bad news for Juventus but great news for Bayern and Anderlecht as Alcântara equalises for Chelsea. That means it is now

4. Bayern Munich 68pts

5. Anderlecht 68pts

6. Juventus 66pts

53min – ⚽️ Schalke 1 FC Basel 3. Talisca scores his second of the night but it all counts for nothing unless Roma can score twice at Genoa.

54min – ⚽️ Absolute scenes in the away end in Barcelona as Cavani strikes to put Bayern Munich ahead!! Bayern now have 70pts, Anderlecht 68pts and Juventus 66pts. Sensational stuff!

65min – ⚽️ Nothing more to report as Bayern still lead in Barcelona and Genoa are still 1-0 up on Roma.

67min – ⚽️ There is no doubt that Anderlecht are doing their part as Ocampos makes it 3-0 against Hamburg but realistically they need Barcelona to score twice against Bayern.

73min – ⚽️ It looks all over for Juventus as Pjanic puts Chelsea 2-1 in front in Italy. Juventus have just 17min to salvage their Champions Cup hopes. At the same time, Muniain pulls a goal back for Schalke and it is now Schalke 2 FC Basel 3.

75min – ⚽️ Basel have added a fourth goal through Nani to make it 4-2 in Schalke but it is not enough at the moment with Genoa still 1-0 ahead of Roma.

81min – ⚽️ Anderlecht 4 Hamburger 0. Ocampos completes his hat trick for Anderlecht but it will be the Euro Shield for the Belgians unless Barcelona can turn it around in Spain.
Strootman has scored a 5th goal for Basel at Schalke but it all looks in vain.

82min – ⚽️ Aspas scores a consolation for Hamburger to make it 4-1 to Anderlecht.

90min – The games are into stoppage time as we wait for the full time whistles.

It’s all over for Juventus as they lose 2-1 at home to Chelsea meaning they will compete in the Euro Shield and it’s also full time in Belgium where Anderlecht have beaten Hamburger 4-1. Barring a miracle in Barcelona, they will also compete in next season’s Euro Shield.

The whistle goes in Gelsenkirchen as FC Basel win 5-2 against Schalke. A great effort but it doesn’t look like it will be enough.

And Bayern Munich claim the last Champions Cup place as the full time whistle goes in Spain, giving them an unexpected 1-0 win Over Barcelona and it’s also full time in Genoa as the home fans celebrate survival with an early goal giving them a 1-0 win over AS Roma. The tears flow amongst the Basel fans but it is Division 2 football for them.

DIVISION 2

At the top of Division 2, it was already all sorted out. Hellas Verona were champions with SSC Napoli and Ajax Amsterdam joining them in Division 1 next season. Arsenal, Hertha BSC, RCD Espanyol and Levante UD will be in the play offs.
At the bottom it was relegation for Shakhtar Donetsk, AS Monaco and Montpellier HSC. This left one relegation place to be filled. Standard Liege were in that position with 41pts with Chievo Verona on 42pts, Galatasaray 43pts, Wolfsburg 44pts and Stoke City 44pts trying to survive. This is how it unfolded:

0min: Here we go as the games kick off and we have 5 teams trying to avoid that last relegation spot in Division 2. Standard Liege v Ajax, RCD Espanyol v Chievo, Stoke City v Bayer Leverkusen and the huge Wolfsburg v Galatasaray are the games we are following.

10min – we are 10min into the games and we await the first goal.

12min – ⚽️ Goal!! First goal of the night comes for Chievo and it’s Mitrović who puts them 1-0 up at Espanyol.

13. Stoke City 45pts

14. Chievo Verona 45pts

15. Wolfsburg 45pts

16. Galatasaray 44pts

17. Standard Liege 42pts

18. Montpellier 40pts

19. AS Monaco 34pts

20. Shakhtar 28pts

17min – ⚽️ Stoke City are ahead! Stoke take a huge step towards safety with Baldé putting them in front against Leverkusen.

25min – Not a lot of goal action with Chievo 1-0 up at Espanyol and Stoke 1-0 up on Bayer Leverkusen. Standard Liege are still 0-0 v Ajax and there are no goals between Wolfsburg and Galatasaray.

30min – 🟥 Red card!! Standard Liege’s survival hopes take a huge blow with defender Komar sent off. Still 0-0.

31min – ⚽️ Stoke City go 2-0 ahead!! The Potters look like they will survive as Raphinha scores. Stoke 2 Leverkusen 0

37min – ⚽️ It’s a huge goal as Grealish scores to give Galatasaray the lead at Wolfsburg!! The bottom of the table now looks like this

14. Galatasaray 46pts

15. Chievo Verona 45pts

16. Wolfsburg 44pts

17. Standard Liege 42pts

18. Montpellier 40pts

19. AS Monaco 33pts

20. Shakhtar 30pts

43min – ⚽️ Stoke City cannot consider themselves safe just yet as Costa pulls a goal back from the penalty spot before half time for Leverkusen. 2-1 Stoke.

45min – It’s half time all over Europe and it is

RCD ESPANYOL 0-1 CHIEVO VERONA

STANDARD LIEGE 0-0 AJAX AMSTERDAM

STOKE CITY 2-1 BAYER LEVERKUSEN

VFL WOLFSBURG 0-1 GALATASARAY SK

As it stands, with 45 minutes of the season left, it will be Standard Liege that will be relegated.

We are off and running again with a lot resting on the next 45 minutes.

54min – ⚽️ Stoke City have been pulled back to 2-2 by Leverkusen after leading 2-0. Hulk scores the equaliser and Stoke are back in the mix and just as I say that, there is huge news coming in from Belgium where Ben Yedder has put Standard Liege ahead!! Wow!! What has that done to the table. Let’s look

13. Galatasaray 46pts

14. Stoke City 45pts

15. Chievo Verona 45pts

16. Standard Liege 44pts

17. Wolfsburg 44pts

18. Montpellier 40pts

19. AS Monaco 33pts

20. Shakhtar 30pts

60min – Half an hour to play and as it stands, it will be Wolfsburg that are relegated.

70min – No more goals to report as nerves will be on edge across Europe on this final day of the season.

82min – ⚽️ It’s bedlam in Belgium as Cutrone scores a second goal for Standard Liege. They are just 8min from survival but a goal for Wolfsburg would still see Liege going down. Tense stuff.

90min – The games will be going into time added on and it is currently Wolfsburg who will go down.

FT – It’s all over in Belgium and Standard Liege have beaten Ajax 2-0 with goals from Ben Yedder and Cutrone but they face an anxious few moments as they are still playing in Wolfsburg.

FT – Stoke City are safe as the whistle goes at the end of a 2-2 draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Still playing in Wolfsburg.

FT – An early goal from Mitrović gives Chievo a 1-0 win at Espanyol and they are also safe.

FT – And it’s tears in Germany as the full time whistle sounds. A first half Jack Grealish goal has saved Galatasaray but sends Wolfsburg down to Division 3. There are celebrations in Belgium as Standard Liege stay up but for Wolfsburg and their fans it is heartbreak.

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