Berlin, Nov 28, 2020 (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored his fifteenth objective in all competitions this season as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich got here from behind to win 3-1 at Stuttgart on Saturday, whereas Borussia Dortmund slipped off the tempo after a shock loss to Cologne.
A minute’s silence was held earlier than kick-off in any respect German league grounds to pay respect to Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60.
In Stuttgart, house striker Tanguy Coulibaly, 19, fired the hosts right into a shock early lead after a cross caught Bayern centre-backs David Alaba and Jerome Boateng napping.
Kingsley Coman equalised with an outstanding low end earlier than Lewandowski drilled house from 20 metres to place Bayern 2-1 up on the break.
Brazil winger Douglas Costa, a second-half substitute for Coman, grabbed Bayern’s late third objective to seal a win which leaves the holders two factors away from RB Leipzig.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick admitted the dense fixture checklist is taking a toll on his staff who certified for the final 16 of the Champions League in midweek as group winners with two video games to go.
“I am pleased with the end result – everyone knows that it is not simple to play each three days and I do know we are able to play higher,” stated Flick.
Bayern face Atletico Madrid away on Tuesday in Europe.
Flick is ready on Boateng, Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernandez and Javi Martinez, who all picked up knocks in opposition to Stuttgart.
Dortmund are third, 4 factors behind Bayern, after crashing to a shock 2-1 house defeat in opposition to Cologne, who ended an 18-match winless run.
Tunisia midfielder Ellyes Skhiri tapped in each Cologne objectives from corners by ex-Dortmund winger Marius Wolf after being left unmarked.
With Dortmund 2-0 down on 60 minutes, coach Lucien Favre introduced on three forwards – 16-year-old sensation Youssoufa Moukoko, Giovanni Reyna and Thorgan Hazard.
Reyna, 18, arrange Hazard to tug a objective again, but it surely was too little, too late.
After scoring six objectives in his earlier two video games, Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland was held in test, squandering a golden likelihood to equalise simply earlier than the whistle.
Cologne held on for his or her first win in Dortmund since 1991.
“Cologne had been very properly organised and we weren’t affected person sufficient,” stated Dortmund boss Favre.
“We wanted a bit extra tempo and there wasn’t sufficient motion.”
Leipzig climbed to second after a 2-1 house win over plucky strugglers Arminia Bielefeld.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann described it as their “worst efficiency this season”.
“We let 5 or 6 clear probabilities go begging,” he added.
Manchester Metropolis loanee Angelino gave Leipzig a first-half lead after an outstanding move by 18-year-old Lazar Samardzic break up the Bielefeld defence.
Simply 60 seconds after coming off the bench, ahead Christopher Nkunku netted Leipzig’s second objective early within the second half.
A lot to Nagelsmann’s annoyance, second-from-bottom Bielefeld completed the stronger.
Their captain Fabian Klos pulled a objective again, simply after Leipzig striker Alexander Sorloth had his penalty try saved on 73 minutes.
Backside aspect Schalke prolonged their winless run to 25 video games after shedding 4-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach – the final league membership they beat again in January.
France striker Marcus Thuram, midfielder Florian Neuhaus, left-back Oscar Wendt and Hannes Wolf, on for Thuram, grabbed the objectives for Gladbach, who’re seventh.
Schalke are edging in direction of the league file of 31 video games and not using a win, set by Tasmania Berlin in 1965-66.
Union Berlin are sixth after their action-packed 3-3 draw at house to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Max Kruse transformed a penalty as Union raced into an early 2-0 lead, just for Portugal ahead Andre Silva to web twice as Frankfurt led 3-2 late on.
Former Germany striker Kruse, 32, bagged an outstanding strike to say his sixth objective in 9 video games to equalise simply earlier than the whistle.
Freiburg are winless of their final eight video games after a 1-1 draw at Augsburg.
Wolfsburg are fifth after their 5-3 win over Werder Bremen on Friday.
Dutch striker Wout Weghorst struck twice for Wolfsburg, whereas Bremen had goalscorer Kevin Mohwald despatched off for a second reserving.