Hum­mels header sees Bay­ern halve Leipzig’s lead

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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

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Bay­ern’s Mats Hum­mels (2nd right) scores against Bayer Lev­erkusen dur­ing their Ger­man Bun­desliga match at the Al­lianz- Arena in Mu­nich yes­ter­day.

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