Dortmund go seven points clear after Bayern’s loss

DORTMUND, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Raphael Guerreiro, Mario Goetze and Jadon Sancho of Dortmund celebrate after the 3-0 lead during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 at the Signal Iduna Park on January 26, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich’s hopes of securing a seventh successive Bundesliga title suffered a massive blow as Bayer Leverkusen came from a goal down to beat the reigning champions.

Niko Kovac’s side are now seven points adrift Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund who drew 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Leon Goretzka’s header put Bayern in the driving seat before Leon Bailey levelled up with a brilliant 20-yard free-kick.

Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland then fired the host to the lead following a sweeping move and Lucas Alario’s tap-in completed the astonishing comeback

The Argentine substitute was initially flagged offside, but the decision was overruled by VAR.

Bayern Leverkusen’s win ended Bayern’s run of seven consecutive league victories.



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Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Havertz (Baumgartlinger 45+1′), Aranguiz, Brandt – Bellarabi (Paulinho 90+2′), Volland (c), Bailey (Alario 84′)
Unused subs: Özcan, Dragovic, Jedvaj, Schreck
Out: Pohjanpalo (ankle), Retsos (thigh)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Bayern: Ulreich – Rafinha (Sanches 79′), Süle, Hummels, Alaba – Kimmich, Goretzka – Müller (c) (Gnabry 74′), James (Davies 77′), Coman – Lewandowski
Unused subs: Früchtl, Martinez, Boateng, Mai
Out: Tolisso (knee), Neuer (hand), Thiago (muscular injury), Ribery, Robben (fitness)
Coach: Niko Kovac

Meanwhile, Dortmund took the lead in the 22nd minute in Frankfurt thanks to Germany midfielder Marco Reus, who struck his low effort past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

Reus was also denied by the woodwork with another effort, moments later.

However, Favre’s men paid for missing clear cut chances when Serbia striker Luka Jovic levelled for the home side 14 minutes later with a close-range strike.

Dortmund now have 49 points while Bayern remain on 42. Third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach could draw level on points with Bayern if they defeat Schalke later on Saturday.