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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Bayern Held at Leipzig as Dortmund Beat Dusseldorf to Take Title Race to Final Day

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Ahmed Ahmed

Sun, 12 May 2019 08:04 GMT

Bayern Munich will have to wait another week to secure the Bundesliga title after a goalless draw away at RB Leipzig on Saturday May 11th. A victory would have been enough to win the club their seventh straight title with a game to spare. Borussia Dortmund beat Fortuna Dusseldorf to take the race to an enthralling finale next weekend.

Bayern Munich dominated much of the game but were wasteful with their finishing which cost them the victory. Serge Gnabry came closest as his shot came off the crossbar just past the hour mark. Leon Goretzka’s goal in the 50th minute was controversially ruled out by the referee, who judged that Robert Lewandowski was offside in the build-up after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR). 

AFP reported Bayern’s head coach, Niko Kovac, whose side only need a point from the final game against Eintracht Frankfurt to win the league, was “confident” his side would win the title. "I am confident for next week. It will be a league final, and that is something we haven't seen for years," Kovac told Sky. “It was frustrating today because we were clearly the better team." 

Dortmund got the win they needed to keep their slim title hopes, with a 3-2 victory over Dusseldorf at the Signal Iduna Park. Chelsea bound Christian Pulisic headed the home side in front, just before half-time, in his final home appearance for the club. A blunder by goalkeeper Marwin Hitz gifted Oliver Fink an equaliser after the break before Thomas Delaney put the hosts back in front.

After Dodi Lukebakio missed a penalty for the away side they had Adam Bozdek sent off before Mario Götze got the third goal in stoppage time. Dawid Kownacki pulled a goal back in the 95th minute to give the hosts a late scare but they held on for the victory. 

Dortmund’s chief-executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, says the pressure will be on Bayern in the final day. "We have given the Bundesliga a final on the last day," he said. "That is good for the league and we are proud of that. We have been under brutal pressure, but now the pressure is heading south. Bayern have it all to lose, we can only win." 


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