To win the Bundesliga for a record-extending seventh straight season, Bayern Munich should do one thing it’s by no means carried out earlier than. And that’s thanks partly to its personal clumsiness.
With a chance to chop into Borussia Dortmund’s lead atop the desk, Bayern fell flat within the second half and misplaced 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen. The chance introduced itself as Dortmund drew 1-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt, which itself is true within the thick of the race for a Champions League spot.
So as a substitute of dropping floor, Dortmund is now seven factors away from its Der Klassiker rival with 14 matches left. Bayern has by no means overcome such a big deficit this late right into a season to win the title. Let’s revisit the way it all went down.
Christian Pulisic comes on however Dortmund can’t discover a winner
Marco Reus scored halfway via the primary half, tucking house a left-footed shot off a cross by Raphael Guerreiro, and Dortmund off and operating in a difficult away fixture (by way of FOX Sports activities):
However Luka Jovic answered by steering house a cross within the thirty sixth minute, his fourth objective in 5 video games:
Luka Jovic can’t cease scoring!
His Bundesliga-leading 14th objective of the season secured Frankfurt a degree as we speak in opposition to 1st-place Dortmund. pic.twitter.com/swbi6LXw0P
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 2, 2019
American winger Christian Pulisic got here on for Jadon Sancho within the sixty fifth minute, essentially the most enjoying time he’s obtained since beginning in opposition to Fortuna Dusseldorf on Dec. 18. Pulisic has fallen down the pecking order at Dortmund since his summer time switch to Chelsea was introduced a month in the past, with supervisor Lucien Favre preferring to characteristic gamers who issue into the membership’s long-term plans.
A objective would have helped Pulisic’s case on Saturday, however it wasn’t to be regardless of his facet peppering Frankfurt’s objective with probabilities within the second half. Roman Burkl stood tall in Dortmund’s web to protect the draw, making six saves.
Frankfurt is at present fifth within the desk, so a degree isn’t the worst outcome for Dortmund. Particularly when Bayern will get waxed.
Bayern comes up quick at Bayer Leverkusen but once more
For the fifth time in its final six league visits to the BayArena, Bayern did not win, this time folding underneath a three-goal avalanche within the second half to wipe out Leon Goretzka’s first-half header.
Leon Bailey’s equalizer within the 53rd minute was the nicest objective, a clean-struck roller that Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich seemingly by no means had an opportunity of saving:
Kevin Volland put the house facet up 10 minutes later by ending from shut vary, and Lucas Alario sealed the three factors with a objective within the 87th minute.
Alphonso Davies, the 18-year-old Canadian who joined Bayern from Main League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps final month, changed the ineffective James Rodriguez within the 77th minute however couldn’t make a distinction on this present day.
It stays to be seen if this present day makes the last word distinction within the Bundesliga title race.
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