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Borussia Dortmund Loses to Bayer Leverkusen in Latest Bundesliga Setback

Borussia Dortmund (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Borussia Dortmund (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Bayer Leverkusen defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Bundesliga as Hoffenheim defeated Hertha Berlin 3-0.

Teenager Florian Wirtz scored for Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-1 win which dealt Borussia Dortmund its latest Bundesliga setback on Tuesday.

Dortmund, which was held 1-1 at home by lowly Mainz on Saturday, slumped to its second defeat in six games under new coach Edin Terzi. Dortmund could fall 10 points behind Bayern Munich at the top on Wednesday when Bayern visits struggling Augsburg.

Leverkusen moved second after bouncing back from its 1-0 loss at Union Berlin. Leipzig, which is just behind Leverkusen on goal difference, hosts Union on Wednesday.

It was a lackluster display from Dortmund, which only threatened briefly in the second half and was fortunate not to concede more with Moussa Diaby missing several good chances after he opened the scoring.

The unhurried Nadiem Amiri played a cross-field pass that Diaby controlled with his first touch and swept past Dortmund keeper Roman Brki with his next in the 14th minute.

Diaby continued to cause problems after the break before Dortmunds first real chance in the 54th. Marco Reus almost set up Erling Haaland but the 17-year-old Wirtz managed to clear.

Thomas Meunier missed another good chance for the visitors before Julian Brandt equalized against his former team in the 67th when Raphal Guerreiro laid the ball off for him to fire inside the far corner.

Brandt almost scored again a minute later, but Edmond Tapsoba cleared off the line.

Dortmund paid the price in the 80th when Wirtz scored after Meunier lost the ball. It fell to Patrik Schick and he combined with Diaby, who crossed for the unmarked Wirtz to unleash an unstoppable shot past Brki for his fourth Bundesliga goal.

HERTHA HUMBLED

Goals from Sebastian Rudy and two from Andrej Kramaric gave Hoffenheim a 3-0 win at Hertha Berlin that will increase the pressure on coach Bruno Labbadia. Hertha had hopes this season of challenging for European qualification but it has dropped to 14th in the 18-team division with only one win in its last seven games.

Wolfsburg moved fifth with a 2-0 win at Mainz, and Borussia Monchengladbach rode its luck to beat Werder Bremen 1-0. Nico Elvedis header was enough for Gladbach.

first published:January 20, 2021, 03:42 IST
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