With Hoe­ness back in charge, Bay­ern re­turns to win­ning ways

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

With Uli Hoe­ness back in charge again, Bay­ern Mu­nich bounced back from two straight de­feats to beat Bayer Lev­erkusen 2-1 at home and keep pace with Bun­desliga lead­ers Leipzig.

Hoe­ness, who re­turned as pres­i­dent the night be­fore, watched as Thi­ago Al­can­tara and Mats Hum­mels scored to ease the pres­sure on coach Carlo Ancelotti with the side's first win in four games across all com­pe­ti­tions.

Lev­erkusen made the bet­ter start with Ad­mir Mehmedi and Hakan Cal­hanoglu both go­ing close be­fore Joshua Kim­mich headed straight at Bernd Leno at the other end.

Al­can­tara was well-placed to head the opener from close range in the 30th minute af­ter Leno saved Philipp Lahm's ini­tial ef­fort.

But Cal­hanoglu equal­ized five min­utes later af­ter elud­ing Lahm and play­ing a quick onetwo with Ju­lian Brandt to score from a nar­row an­gle.

Poor de­fend­ing al­lowed Hum­mels to re­store Bay­ern's lead with a header to Kim­mich's cor­ner early in the sec­ond half. It was the Ger­many de­fender's first league goal for Bay­ern.

Javi Martinez used his hand to deny Kevin Vol­land an equal­izer late on but the in­ci­dent was missed by the match of­fi­cials and Bay­ern held on to stay three points be­hind sur­prise leader Leipzig.

Be­fore the game, Hoe­ness apol­o­gized for call­ing Leipzig and Borus­sia Dort­mund "en­e­mies" at his elec­tion the night be­fore.

"In foot­ball there are no en­e­mies, only op­po­nents or ri­vals," said Hoe­ness, who re­turned af­ter serv­ing half his prison term for tax eva­sion.

EIN­TRA­CHT FRANK­FURT 2, BORUS­SIA DORT­MUND 1

It was sup­posed to be Dort­mund pres­sur­ing the lead­ers af­ter de­feat­ing Bay­ern the week­end be­fore - and fol­low­ing up with an 8-4 de­mo­li­tion of Le­gia War­saw in the Cham­pi­ons League - but the vis­i­tor slumped to its third de­feat and re­main nine points be­hind Leipzig.

Un­her­alded Frank­furt re­placed Dort­mund in third place.

Ti­mothy Chan­dler crossed for Sz­abolcs Huszti to put the home side ahead right af­ter the break.

Dem­bele crossed for Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang to equal­ize in the 77th, only for Huszti to set up Haris Se­fer­ovic at the other end just over a minute later.

Dem­bele summed up Dort­mund's af­ter­noon when he struck the cross­bar in in­jury time, when a penalty ap­peal added to the vis­i­tors' frus­tra­tion.

HAM­BURG 2, WERDER BRE­MEN 2

Michael Gre­goritsch headed the home side into a fly­ing start in the third minute but Fin Bar­tels equal­ized for Bre­men in­side the first quar­ter-hour.

How­ever, the vis­i­tors were de­fend­ing like a rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened team and Ni­co­lai Mueller set up Gre­goritsch to score his sec­ond in­side the half-hour mark.

Ham­burg's de­fense looked even worse when Serge Gnabry equal­ized be­fore the break.

B. MOENCHENGLAD­BACH 1, HOF­FEN­HEIM 1

Moenchenglad­bach's patchy form con­tin­ued af­ter let­ting a lead slip against un­beaten Hof­fen­heim, which is level on points with fourth-place Cologne.

Mah­moud Da­houd scored mid­way through the first half to give 'Glad­bach a boost af­ter five straight games with­out a win across all com­pe­ti­tions.

Yann Som­mer pro­duced a great save be­fore the break to deny Eu­gen Polan­ski the equal­izer against his former side, but couldn't pre­vent Nadiem Amiri from scor­ing af­ter the break. B. M’glad­bach-Hof­fen­heim .............. 1-1 Cologne-Augs­burg ........................... 0-0 Ham­burg-Wer. Bre­men .................... 2-2 In­gol­stadt-Wolfs­burg ....................... 1-1 E. Frank­furt-Bor. Dort­mund ............. 2-1 Bay. Mu­nich-Bay. Lev­erkusen .......... 2-1 To­day Schalke-Darm­stadt ................................ Hertha BSC-Mainz .................................

P W D RB Leipzig 12 9 3 Bay. Mu­nich 12 8 3 E. Frank­furt 12 7 3 1. FC Koln 12 6 4 Hof­fen­heim 12 5 7 Dort­mund 12 6 3 Hertha Ber­lin 11 6 3 1. FSV Mainz 11 5 2 B. Lev­erkusen 12 5 1 SC Freiburg 12 5 0 Schalke 11 4 2 FC Augs­burg 12 3 4 B. M’glad­bach 12 3 4 Wolfs­burg 12 2 4 Darm­stadt 11 2 2 W. Bre­men 12 2 2 In­gol­stadt 12 1 3 Ham­burger 12 0 4 L F A Pts 0 27 10 30 1 26 8 27 2 18 10 24 2 18 8 22 0 21 14 22 3 27 14 21 2 17 10 21 4 21 20 17 6 19 20 16 7 16 24 15 5 14 12 14 5 10 14 13 5 12 18 13 6 10 15 10 7 10 21 8 8 15 31 8 8 9 22 6 8 8 27 4

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