BERLIN: Defending champions Bayern Munich dropped to third in the Bundesliga last night after crashing to a shock 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, allowing Borussia Dortmund to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to seven points.
Second-half goals by Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario inflicted only a fourth league defeat on Bayern this season while Dortmund added a point to their lead despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bayern had their seven-match winning streak in the league ended abruptly and dropped from second to third on goal difference after Borussia Moenchengladbach leap-frogged them with a 2-0 win at Schalke.
Bayern took the lead when Leon Goretzka netted his fourth goal in three games with a superb box-to-box effort, tracking back to snuff out a counter attack, then turned tail to sprint into his own area and head home on 41 minutes.
It should have been 2-0 at the break, but Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski had a goal ruled marginally offside, then Leverkusen’s fleet-footed attack hit top gear in the second half.