Dortmund’s winless run continues; Bayern beats Hannover 3-1

Dortmund's winless run continues; Bayern beats Hannover 3-1

BERLIN (AP) – Borussia Dortmund’s winless run within the Bundesliga continued Saturday with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen that may take a look at the membership’s endurance with Peter Bosz as coach.

Dortmund hasn’t received within the league since September and has just one win throughout 11 aggressive video games. It has fallen 10 factors behind Bayern Munich, having beforehand led the defending champions by 5.

Solely goalkeeper Roman Buerki prevented a worse ending for Dortmund, pulling off a high quality save to disclaim Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey a profitable objective within the ultimate minutes.

Regardless of having 10 males after Wendell’s first-half sending off for a brutal problem on Gonzalo Castro, it was hosts Leverkusen that got here closest to scoring on the finish.

Kevin Volland fired Leverkusen in entrance on a counterattack on the half-hour mark, rounding Buerki for a easy end to the empty internet.

It was a deserved lead for the house aspect, which had 10 efforts on objective in comparison with Dortmund’s one till Wendell’s sending off minutes earlier than the break. Castro needed to go off with a closely bandaged ankle and was changed by Shinji Kagawa. It was the second injury-induced substitution for Dortmund, which misplaced Maximilian Philipp to a proper knee harm early on. Andre Schuerrle got here on in Philipp’s place.

Leverkusen stayed compact and defended strongly within the second half, when Schuerrle struck the submit.

Volland had one other likelihood in related circumstances to his objective, however Buerki blocked this time, proper earlier than Andriy Yarmolenko equalized for Dortmund.

However Leverkusen held on to remain unbeaten throughout 10 aggressive video games, whereas Dortmund’s drop within the desk continued.

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LEAD GROWS

Bayern elevated its result in six factors with a hard-fought Three-1 win over promoted Hannover.

Thomas Mueller returned after practically six weeks out injured, and the Germany ahead crossed for Arturo Vidal to interrupt the impasse after a quarter-hour.

Vidal, who already drew a superb save from Philipp Tschauner and struck the submit, scored on the third try with a header contained in the far submit. It was his third consecutive sport scoring, confirming his enchancment beneath Jupp Heynckes, who requested for extra from the Chile midfielder upon his return as coach.

Mueller arrange Robert Lewandowski minutes later, however the objective was dominated out for offside.

Niclas Fuellkrug had the possibility to equalize from the penalty spot. His first try – which was profitable – was then dominated out for an infringement by a teammate. Sven Ulreich, who conceded the spot kick, saved the second try.

However Charlison Benschop equalized with a header off a nook within the 35th.

Kingsley Coman went shut after the break and James Rodriguez grazed the crossbar as Bayern pushed for the lead.

Coman lastly made the breakthrough halfway by the half, taking Mueller’s cross along with his proper boot and firing the ball in on the close to submit along with his left.

Lewandowski wrapped it up late with a penalty.

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BRILLIANT LOB

Serge Gnabry scored twice – the second an excellent lob from close to the midway line – in a Four-Zero win for Hoffenheim over second-place Leipzig.

Max Kruse fired Werder Bremen to a 1-Zero win over Stuttgart, and Augsburg received Three-1 at Mainz.

Schalke might reclaim second place later with a victory over winless Cologne.

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