Bundesliga Roundup: Bayern win again, Dortmund hold their nerve and Leipzig held at home


With the rest of Europe set to welcome the return of football in the coming weeks, it was business as usual in the German top flight as both Bayern and Dortmund recorded victories.

Bayern Munich need to win just two of their remaining 6 games in the Bundesliga to become German champions for the eighth season running after their 4 – 2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Hansi Flick’s outfit might have lost just once of their last 21 games but were made to work hard at Bay Arena after Leverkusen took a deserved early lead courtesy a Lucas Alario strike in the 10th minute.

The reigning German champions then showed what they were made of as three first-half goals from Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, and Serge Gnabry sent them into the half-time with a more-than-comfortable two-goal lead.

Robert Lewandowski then scored his almost obligatory goal against Leverkusen in the 66th minute, with an 89th minute Florian Wirtz strike arriving as too little, too late for the home side.

Bundesliga Roundup: Bayern win again
Bayern Munich came from behind to record a 4 – 2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (Image Copyright: imago images / pool photo Ralf Ibing / firosportphoto)

Top News 2: Borussia Dortmund hold their nerve to defeat Hertha Berlin

Dortmund tightened their grip ont he 2nd spot with a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin (Image Copyright: imago images Poolfoto Groothuis / Witters / Pool / Witters)

Only a week after they blew apart Bundesliga newcomers Paderborn with a resounding 6-1 victory, Dortmund were made to work hard at the Signal Iduna Park by Hertha Berlin.

Borussia Dortmund made sure their grip on the 2nd place in the table remained tight with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over mid-table Hertha Berlin side.

Lucien Favre’s side came into this game on the back of their last week’s resounding 6-1 victory over Paderborn and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession here on Saturday.

However, while the Bundesliga newcomers were swept aside by the Dortmund wave in the 2nd half, Hertha Berlin stood their ground before an Emre Can strike in the 58th minute broke the deadlock.

Dortmund then held on to what still might prove to be a decisive victory in their chase for the 2nd spot in the Bundesliga, as a Bayern victory early in the day meant that the top-spot is all but out-of-sight for BVB for at least one more season.

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Top News 3: RB Leipzig slip in the race for the Champions League

In their race to secure Champions League qualification for only the 2nd time in the club’s short history, Julian Nagelsmann’s side were denied victory by an injury-time Christian Strohdiek equalizer.

Paderborn came back from behind to stun 10-man RB Leipzig by securing a 1-1 draw at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening that keeps their diminishing hopes of avoiding the drop alive.

The draw didn’t look the likely result when Patrick Shick finished a fine Leipzig move to give the home side an early lead in the 27th minute, but things slipped away from the hosts when defender Dayot Upamecano was sent for an early shower two minutes before half-time.

Nobody could argue that it was an undeserved red card for a defender who has been linked with a move away from Bundesliga in the summer. In fact, his petulant act of kicking the ball away after giving away a foul might force his potential suitors to take note of the Frenchman’s ill-tempered attitude.

Leipzig held on for the better part of an hour before a goal-mouth scramble in the second minute of injury time ended in Paderborn skipper Strohdiek securing the equalizer for his side. Their inability to secure a victory means that Leipzig have now drawn more games (11) than any other German top-flight side.

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