Bundesliga: Leon Goretzka places Bayern Munich seven factors away from RB Leipzig; Frankfurt edge Dortmund

Bundesliga: Leon Goretzka places Bayern Munich seven factors away from RB Leipzig; Frankfurt edge Dortmund

Borussia Moenchengladbach saved their European hopes alive as they got here from behind to beat Freiburg 2-1.

Bundesliga: Leon Goretzka puts Bayern Munich seven points clear of RB Leipzig; Frankfurt edge Dortmund

Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka, left, celebrates with teammate Thomas Mueller, after scoring the opening purpose of the sport in the course of the German Bundesliga match in opposition to RB Leipzig. AP

Berlin: RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann all however conceded the Bundesliga title on Saturday after his facet have been crushed 1-0 by league leaders Bayern Munich, because of a first-half purpose from Leon Goretzka.

Goretzka smashed the ball into the highest nook shortly earlier than the break as Bayern opened up a seven-point lead on the high of the desk over second-place Leipzig with simply seven video games to go.

“For us, it is about ending second within the desk. We’re enjoying season and we wish to maintain going, even when our first probability of a title is gone,” Nagelsmann instructed Sky.

Leipzig will now want a close to miracle if they’re to cease Bayern profitable a thirtieth Bundesliga title in Might, but match-winner Goretzka remained cautious.

“There are nonetheless 21 factors on provide this season, so this was a giant step in direction of the title, however not a decisive one,” he mentioned.

Taking part in with out their injured star striker Robert Lewandowski, Bayern spent a lot of the sport on the again foot as Leipzig dominated possession.

Kick-off was delayed by a number of minutes after Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer discovered a gap in his purpose web, however the Munich defence remained watertight within the first half.

Goretzka blasted within the opener shortly earlier than half-time, hitting a Thomas Mueller cut-back first time to select up his fifth league purpose of the season.

Leipzig got here out combating after the break, but they did not take their possibilities as Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Sabitzer and Dani Olmo all flashed photographs simply large of the submit.

Dortmund face ‘disaster’ 

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels mentioned his membership is dealing with a “disaster” after a 2-1 dwelling defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt left their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.

A late winner from Portuguese striker Andre Silva means Dortmund are seven factors adrift of Frankfurt and the Champions League qualification locations.

“Realistically, it’ll be very tough to complete within the high 4, even when we get six or seven extra wins,” Hummels instructed Sky after his facet slumped to a tenth defeat of the season.

He mentioned that lacking the highest 4 can be disastrous for Dortmund, who face a combat to carry on to coveted key gamers akin to Erling Braut Haaland within the subsequent switch window.

“Not qualifying for the Champions League would clearly be a sporting and monetary disaster, and we’re near that now,” mentioned Hummels.

Frankfurt took the lead via a freakish personal purpose on 11 minutes, as Nico Schulz despatched a looping header into his personal web after a cross from Filip Kostic.

Hummels hooked the ball in at a nook to degree the scores on the stroke of half-time, however the guests restored the lead on the counter-attack within the dying minutes, Silva heading in from shut vary after one other Kostic cross.

Frankfurt at the moment are 4 factors off third-place Wolfsburg, who beat Cologne 1-0 because of a second-half purpose from Josip Brekalo.

Dortmund are degree on factors with Bayer Leverkusen, who eased to a 2-1 win over backside membership Schalke of their first recreation beneath new coach Hannes Wolf.

Lucas Alario and Patrik Schick struck both facet of half-time earlier than Dutch veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar grabbed a late comfort purpose, scoring for the primary time since his shock return to Schalke in January.

Borussia Moenchengladbach saved their European hopes alive as they got here from behind to beat Freiburg 2-1.

Marcus Thuram scored twice in seven minutes within the second half to overturn Roland Sallai’s opener and provides a resurgent Gladbach their second successive win.

Two brutal counter-attack targets from Ruben Vargas and Andre Hahn gave Augsburg a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, regardless of an excellent late half-volley from Robert Skov.

Within the relegation combat, Mainz’s current revival was halted by a 1-1 draw at dwelling to fellow strugglers Arminia Bielefeld, Andreas Voglsammer cancelling out Daniel Brosinski’s penalty quarter-hour from time.

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