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Bayern slip to third with Leverkusen 1-3 setback

Football
Sun, 03 Feb 2019
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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.

Streak

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.

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