Bayern extend league lead as Dortmund draw at Bochum
Bayern Munich extended their Bundesliga lead to six points after Jamal Musiala scored in a 2-1 win over Mainz and Borussia Dortmund were held by local rivals Bochum to 1-1 on Saturday.
Karim Onisiwo steered Mainz to a surprise 22nd-minute lead in an empty stadium due to coronavirus restrictions, but Kingsley Coman equalized for Bayern just after the break. Musiala, 18, earned Bayern victory with their sixth goal of the season in the 74th after finding room in a crowded penalty area.
Bayern’s victory restored a considerable lead in their quest for a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title and practically ensured the team won the token prize of leading during the Christmas break, with two games remaining. .
DORTMUND BRUISE IN BOCHUM
The Bundesliga no longer has the Ruhr Derby rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke following relegation to Schalke last season, but little neighbor Bochum has proven to be more than competitive enough to trouble Dortmund.
Dortmund were injured by the referee in their 3-2 defeat to Klassiker against Bayern last week – midfielder Jude Bellingham was fined for questioning the integrity of the referee and the coach Marco Rose has been banned from the sideline. Dortmund were on the losing side of a few more crucial calls on Saturday.
Referee Matthias Jöllenbeck immediately indicated where Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel rushed to intercept Christopher Antwi-Adjei shortly before half-time and sent the winger flying. Sebastian Polter converted the shot on goal, sending Kobel the wrong way. Marius Wolf believed he had equalized for Dortmund in the 53rd, but a video review spotted Bellingham offside and in the sights of the goalkeeper.
Welcoming local rival Dortmund for the first time since March 2010 after his promotion, Bochum relied heavily on goalkeeper Manuel Riemann for a series of key saves, and was helped by a capricious shot from Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. Julian Brandt finally recovered a draw in the 85th on a cross from Haaland.
Bochum finished the day ninth after what coach Thomas Reis called a “bonus point” from a game his side were much preferred to lose.
TEDESCO STARTS QUICKLY
Leipzig enjoyed a successful start to their career under new manager Domenico Tedesco with a 4-1 victory over struggling Borussia Mönchengladbach. Tedesco’s side ended a three-game losing streak in the Bundesliga, which saw coach Jesse Marsch lose his job last week.
Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol opened the scoring with an Angelino free kick in the 22nd – his first goal for the team – and striker André Silva doubled the lead 11 minutes later. Ramy Bensebaini gave Gladbach a brief comeback hope with a goal in the 88th, but Christopher Nkunku and Benjamin Henrichs each scored for Leipzig in added time.
The defeat left Gladbach 13th and increased pressure on coach Adi Hütter. He delighted fans with a 5-0 demolition of Bayern in the German Cup in October, but the team – in the Champions League only last season – lost seven of the 15 Bundesliga games under Hütter and were humiliated 6 -0 by Friborg last week.
WINNER OF RICHARDS SCORES
United States defender Chris Richards scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time as Hoffenheim won at Freiburg 2-1 to move up to fourth and Champions League spots.
Wolfsburg lost their fifth straight game in all competitions 2-0 to Stuttgart. Coach Florian Kohfeldt won his first three games when he was hired in October, but hasn’t won since. Wolfsburg slipped to 10th place and was knocked out of the Champions League.
Stuttgart moved away from the relegation zone in 15th place.
New Hertha Berlin coach Tayfun Korkut scored his first victory in his second game in charge, beating relegation candidate Arminia Bielefeld 2-0.