Hummels header sees Bayern halve Leipzig’s lead
MATS HUMMELS headed the winner as Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 yesterday to end a three-game winless streak and trim RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga lead to three points.
Leipzig had gone six points clear at the summit on Friday with a 4-1 win at Freiburg, and Bayern were grateful to Hummels for heading home a Joshua Kimmich corner in the second half as they got the better of Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena to cut the deficit.
Thiago Alcantara had given Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern a firsthalf lead only for Hakan Calhanoglu to make it 1-1 at the break before Hummels struck.
The result returns secondplaced Bayern to winning ways following a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim, a 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and Wednesday’s 3-2 Champions League loss at Rostov.
“It was an important win, we needed a reaction and I think we are improving,” said Ancelotti.
“Every team wants to be at the top, what matters is at the end of the season, but congratulations to RB Leipzig, they are having a great season.”
The win boosted Bayern, who re-elected Uli Hoeness as club president on Friday despite the 64-year-old having only finished a 21-month jail sentence for tax evasion in February.
Before kickoff against Leverkusen, Hoeness apologised for having declared on Friday that RB Leipzig had joined Borussia Dortmund as being categorised as an “enemy” of Bayern.
“In football – there are rivals and opponents,” Hoeness told Sky. “I’d officially like to take the word ‘enemy’ back and I apologise for it.”
Earlier, Dortmund were brought crashing to earth following a record Champions League win in midweek with a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, who went third.
It was a first defeat in 10 games for Dortmund and followed their 8-4 romp on Tuesday at home to Legia Warsaw – a record score for a Champions League game.
Hungary international Sz- abolcs Huszti gave the home side the lead only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise, before Haris Seferovic grabbed the winner for Frankfurt, who are unbeaten in six league games.
“Technically, tactically, mentally and in our willingness we weren’t up to it,” fumed Dortmund coach Thomas Tuche.
The result saw Frankfurt replace Dortmund in third and broke Borussia’s run of four straight wins.
After their Champions League draw at home to Manchester City, Borussia Moenchengladbach were held to another 1-1 stalemate at Borussia Park, against Hoffenheim, to leave them winless in seven league games.
Gladbach took the lead when Syrian-born Mahmoud Dahoud belted his shot into the far corner on 25 minutes, but Nadiem Amiri equalised on 53 minutes to preserve Hoffenheim's unbeaten record this season.
Wolfsburg are just two points above the relegation spots after their 1-1 draw with Ingolstadt as Anthony Jung's goal was cancelled out by Wolfsburg's Daniel Caligiuri. – AFP
Bayern’s Mats Hummels (2nd right) scores against Bayer Leverkusen during their German Bundesliga match at the Allianz- Arena in Munich yesterday.