Borussia Dortmund suffered what was perhaps a decisive setback in the Bundesliga title race, which never really got off the ground. At the end of what has been a perfect English week so far, at least in terms of results, BVB only drew 1-1 (1-1) against 1. FC Köln on Sunday night.
Dortmund are now six points behind leaders FC Bayern Munich, who beat 1. FC Union 4-0 on Saturday.
Marius Wolf, who was on loan at Cologne last year, gave the guests a perfect start in the eighth minute. But FC got a deserved draw through Sebastian Andersson. At BVB, striker Erling Haaland was denied his 17th goal of the season when he returned after 57 days.
The Joker Paulinho had already given Bayer Leverkusen a happy experience with his goals after being eliminated from the Europa League. Shortly after entering, the Brazilian shot Bayer in the 86th minute and in stoppage time to make it 2-0 (0-0) at VfL Wolfsburg.
In the varied game, both teams had previously missed numerous scoring chances. Wolfsburg failed twice because of the aluminum and the good humor of Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. For Leverkusen it is the first success after four games in all competitions without a win. “Today we showed that we are not only there as a game, but also as a fighter,” goalkeeper Hradecky said.
[Wenn Sie aktuelle Nachrichten aus Berlin, Deutschland und der Welt live auf Ihr Handy haben wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen unsere App, die Sie hier für Apple- und Android-Geräte herunterladen können.]
Leverkusen immediately reclaimed third place, which had briefly gone to RB Leipzig. However, the joy at the improvement in the table in RB was quite limited. After all, in the first game of the day against Eintracht Frankfurt it was only enough for 0:0.
And this despite the fact that the Hessians seemed tired after the strenuous effort in the round of 16 of the Europa League against Betis Sevilla and RB had numerous good chances.
“Frankfurt can certainly live well with this 0-0 lead, but it’s a bit bitter for us,” Leipzig defender Benjamin Henrichs said. “The last few games cost Körner, but we still did very well,” said strong Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. (dpa/teaspoon)