Dort­mund stun Bayern to leave RB Leipzig top

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BORUS­SIA DORT­MUND stunned cham­pi­ons and arch-ri­vals Bayern Mu­nich 1-0 yes­ter­day in a badtem­pered “Der Klas­siker” clash to leave RB Leipzig the shock Bun­desliga lead­ers.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang prod­ded in on 11 min­utes at a fren­zied Sig­nal Iduna Park to pro­pel Dort­mund up to third on 21 points, three points be­hind Bayern, for whom this was a first de­feat of the league sea­son.

RB Leipzig are top, un­beaten and three points clear of the mighty Bayern, af­ter a thrilling 3-2 win at Bayer Lev­erkusen on Fri­day sig­nalled another mile­stone in their fast, but con­tro­ver­sial rise to the top of Ger­man foot­ball.

Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game – he should have gone on to grab at least two more – pok­ing in the ball from close range af­ter ex-Bayern man Mario Goetze’s cross.

The striker cel­e­brated with three push-ups and the home side were on the at­tack again mo­ments later, the Bayern rear­guard creak­ing as the fans at the in­tim­i­dat­ing 81,000 arena ratch­eted up the vol­ume once more.

Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel said it had been a bruis­ing en­counter.

“We have suf­fered a lot,” he said. “But when you get into the ring with Bayern, you should not ex­pect to step out again with­out black eyes.”

Philipp Lahm, the Bayern cap­tain, ad­mit­ted that neu­trals would be de­lighted to see some­one other than the Bavar­i­ans at the top.

“It’s good for the Bun­desliga, it’s what the whole world wanted,” he added bit­terly.

The game sim­mered from the start and threat­ened to boil over as the first half wore on, with Dort­mund con­ced­ing a se­ries of free­kicks and ref­eree To­bias Stieler strug­gling to keep a lid on it.

Stieler had a word with Tuchel af­ter he protested one chal­lenge and Marc Bar­tra was booked for a bad one on Bayern’s Thomas Muller.

Soon af­ter Bar­tra was pe­nalised again for tug­ging down Robert Le­wandowski and was for­tu­nate that Stieler de­cided to keep his cards in his pocket.

The mo­men­tum was now with Carlo Ancelotti’s men and Bayern piled on the pres­sure, Thi­ago Al­can­tara just fail­ing to prop­erly con­nect with a fly­ing scis­sor kick five min­utes be­fore half-time.

Aubameyang should have put the home side 2-0 up soon af­ter the restart, but he headed fee­bly over, and then Goetze got away with only a yel­low card for a nasty chal­lenge on Franck Ribery that left the French­man in agony on the turf.

The vis­i­tors were a whisker from equal­is­ing around the hour mark when Xabi Alonso let fly from dis­tance, the ball crash­ing off the cross­bar.

On 71 min­utes Aubameyang should have sealed the game for Dort­mund, but he shot straight at Manuel Neuer af­ter a Bayern lapse at the back.

Ribery was in the thick of it again in the dy­ing min­utes and was booked when the two sides clashed once more, the ref­eree’s as­sis­tants run­ning onto the pitch to help re­store or­der.

Pol­ish preda­tor Le­wandowski should have lev­elled the score at the death but he in­ex­pli­ca­bly headed wide when clear and un­marked.

Bun­desliga new­com­ers RB Leipzig, who were only founded in 2009 when the Aus­trian drinks giants Red Bull took over a Ger­man Foot­ball League li­cence, stretched their un­beaten run to a record 11 games as de­fender Willi Or­ban de­liv­ered the win­ning goal nine min­utes from time at Bayer Lev­erkusen.

Kevin Kampl fired Lev­erkusen into an early lead at the BayArena but Ju­lian Baum­gartlinger’s own goal drew Leipzig level al­most im­me­di­ately.

Ger­many in­ter­na­tional Ju­lian Brandt made it 2-1 to the hosts just be­fore half­time, but the turn­ing point came when Leipzig goal­keeper Peter Gu­lacsi saved a 54th-minute penalty from Hakan Cal­hanoglu.

Emil Fors­berg equalised for Leipzig fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive solo run on 67 min­utes be­fore Or­ban’s late win­ner sent the Bun­desliga up­starts three points clear of Bayern Mu­nich.

Cologne sit fourth, level on points with Dort­mund, af­ter An­thony Modeste struck his league-lead­ing 12th goal in a 2-1 away win at Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach. – AFP

– REUTERSPIX

Dort­mund’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang (No. 11) scores a goal against Bayern Mu­nich at Sig­nal Iduna Park, Dort­mund yes­ter­day.

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