Bayer Leverkusen caused a tough loss to Borussia Dortmund and beat them 5-2 on Sunday, providing a great benefit to Bayern Munich, who are the leaders in the twenty-first stage of the Bundesliga.
Dortmund went into the game with the intention of shortening the gap with Bayern, who won a tough 3-2 victory over Leipzig on Saturday, but fought it out in the absence of goal scorer Haaland and defensive pole Mats Hummels who was replaced by Frenchman Dan-Axel Zagadou, who gave the first goal a gift to Leverkusen after an error leading Manuel Akanji to score an own goal when trying to save it (10).
With friendly fire, Dortmund also equalized when Julian Brandt spurned a free-kick that Jeremy Frimpong deflected into his own net (16). But promising youngster Florian Wirtz quickly gave Leverkusen the lead again after a brilliant counter-attack sending the ball into the net from close range (20).
Dortmund did not wake up to the shock until the third goal was sealed with a direct free-kick by Robert Andrich (28). Leverkusen continued their advantage in the second half and Jonathan Tah added the fourth with a flying shot (53) and Moussa Diaby the fifth (87) before Dortmund responded with a late goal through Steffen Tigges (89).
In a second match, Wolfsburg honored the guest Greuther FUrth with a 4-1 victory over them.
Belgian winner Aster Vranckx scored twice (7 and 49), Maximilian Arnold (70), substitute Maximilian Philipp (75), and Swedish Branimir Hrgota scored the only goal for the losing team (44 from the penalty spot).