BERLIN, Germany– Substitute
Leon Bailey scored one late goal and made another as Bayer Leverkusen sealed a
stunning 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund to deny the visitors the chance to go
second in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bailey came on for the final 20 minutes with his side 3-2
down and after slottting home the equaliser, the Jamaican winger’s audacious
backheel led to Lars Bender heading in Leverkusen’s winner.
It was the first time Dortmund teenager Erling Braut Haaland
had failed to score for his new club after hitting eight goals in his first
Leverkusen are now fifth while Dortmund stay third.
However, Borussia could finish the weekend six points behind
Bayern Munich if the defending champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home
The goals flew at the BayArena with three disallowed efforts
on top of the two Kevin Volland also scored for Leverkusen.
Mats Hummels, Emre Can — who was making his first Dortmund
start — and Raphael Guerreiro netted Dortmund’s goals.
Former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Can scored a stunning
goal to put Dortmund 2-1 up in the first half, curling his shot inside the top
Volland put Leverkusen ahead on 20 minutes by firing home
with his second touch, but Hummels equalised almost immediately by heading home
With both teams attacking hard, French forward Moussa Diaby
had a goal ruled offside, just before Can’s stunning strike.
However, Volland levelled for Leverkusen when he rifled home
on 43 minutes.
The second-half was just as packed with end-to-end action.
A superb goal by Jadon Sancho was cancelled when the video
assistant referee spotted a push by Dortmund’s 17-year-old winger Giovanni
Reyna in the build-up.
At the other end, Volland hit the post with an hour gone
when he managed to get in behind the defence.
Dortmund finally went 3-2 up when Achraf Hakimi started a
move which released left-back Raphaël Guerreiro, who drove his shot home on 65
The scene was set for Bailey, who had a goal disallowed soon
after coming on, but was not to be denied.
After after sweeping home a goal of his own on 81 minutes,
he back-heeled to Dutch midfielder Daley Sinkgraven who crossed for Bender to
nod in the winner.
There was just 82 seconds between the final two crucial
– Quaison hat-trick –
Earlier, Sweden striker Robin Quaison hit a hat-trick as
Mainz beat 10-man Hertha Berlin 3-1 in the capital to push Jurgen Klinsmann’s
side towards the relegation spots.
Hertha have just one win in their five games in all
competitions in 2020 under ex-Germany and USA head coach Klinsmann, who took
charge last November.
Hertha’s only consolation was an own goal by Mainz defender
Jeffrey Bruma just before Berlin midfielder Marius Wolf was sent off for a
second yellow card soon before the final whistle.
Having also been drubbed 4-0 by leaders Bayern Munich in
January, Hertha are now 14th in the table, two places from the relegation
In Gelsenkirchen, sixth-placed Schalke’s title aspirations
suffered a dent in a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Paderborn.
Schalke are now seven points behind the leaders before
Bayern play on Sunday.
Schalke’s academy product Ahmed Kutucu, 19, fired home from
a tight angle in the second half, but midfielder Klaus Gjasula equalised with a
late header for Paderborn.
– Bremen slump –
Werder Bremen are now deep in the relegation places after a
2-0 home defeat to mid-table Union Berlin.
Second-half goals by Union winger Marius Buelter did the
damage, combined with Mainz’s win at Hertha Berlin, to leave Bremen 17th and
four points from safety.
Bremen’s cause was not helped as Fortuna Duesseldorf picked
up a point to move above Bremen by drawing 1-1 at ten-man Wolfsburg.
Winger Mathias Zimmermann gave Duesseldorf the lead and
Wolfsburg had defender Marin Pongracic sent off for elbowing Alfredo Morales at
Despite being a man down, Wolfsburg drew level when
midfielder Renato Steffen headed the equaliser.
Mid-table Freiburg rebounded from back-to-back defeats with
a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim, thanks to a first-half penalty by striker Luca
Waldschmidt at the Schwarzwald Stadion