Bayern lose and Dortmund take the lead – DW – 03/20/2023

When we thought the title race was over following Borussia Dortmund’s draw last week against Schalke 04Bayer Leverkusen relaunched this race by beating Bayern Munich (2-1) last night.

A victory obtained thanks to two penalties signed Exequiel Palacios (55th, 73rd). Two penalties completely justified according to Julian Nagelsmann, the coach of the Bavarians who also highlighted the bad game of his team.

Julian Nagslemann hailed referee Tobias Stieler’s performance and his use of VARImage : Dennis Ewert/RHR-Foto/IMAGO

After the meeting, Hasan Salihamidžić spoke of a performance unworthy of Bayern. “I have rarely seen anything like this. We missed everything and were overtaken by a team that had a game and won on Thursday. We were inferior in every way“, he said in the mixed zone.

Borussia Dortmund, new leader

Borussia Dortmund take advantage of the defeat of the Bavarians to take the reins of the championship one point ahead.

The BVB signed the card of the weekend: a 6-1 victory on their lawn against FC Cologne, with in particular a double for Sébastien Haller. What to relaunch in the race for the title therefore, but also to please the supporters.

Borussia Dortmund top the league for the first time since August 2019Image: Bernd Thissen/dpa/picture-alliance

It makes us happy to see people happy with what we offer on the pitch, to see them celebrating our goals, to see them having a good time. This has not always been the case in the past. We want people to have big ambitions, big dreams, big goals, just like us“, confessed coach Edin Terzic.

The next meeting of Borussia Dortmund will be crucial in the race for the title since after the international break, it is at Bayern Munich that the Borussia will be opposed. A match which will take place on April 1 at the Allianz Arena.

Bochum and Hoffenheim mark the spirits

At the bottom of the rankings, the battle for maintenance continues to rage. Among the winning teams of the weekend: VfL Bochum, 1-0 winner of RB Leipzig, which thus consolidates its 14th place, but especially Hoffenheim.

After seven consecutive defeats in the league, the TSG revived with a convincing 3-1 victory against a direct competitor, Hertha Berlin.

Ihlas Bebou scored the third goal of the game for HoffenheimImage : Uwe Anspach/dpa/picture alliance

Thanks to this victory, Hoffenheim leaves the red zone and is back in 15th place. But the classification remains very tight from 15th to 18th place since only two points separate Hoffenheim from Stuttgart, the new red lantern following its 1-0 defeat against Wolfsburg.

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