Dortmund register first win in 5 years against Bayern Munich to boost Leverkusen's title chances

Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich for the first time in five years || Image credit: Imago

Dortmund register first win in 5 years against Bayern Munich to boost Leverkusen's title chances

Faruq Ibrahim 20:56 - 30.03.2024

Borussia Dortmund ended their winless run against Bayern Munich, handing Xabi Alonso's side a 13-point advantage.

Bayer Leverkusen can already start to ice the beers, as Bayern Munich failed to keep pace with them following a rare slip-up against Borussia Dortmund.

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Thomas Tuchel's side were already trailing by 10 points, and following another comeback victory for Die Werkself against Hoffenheim earlier in the day that took the difference to 13, the Bavarians needed to win Der Klassiker to keep pace.

Dortmund ended a five-year winless run against Bayern Munich in the league with a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Karim Adeyemi and Julian Ryerson.

How it happened

Dortmund seized control early, with Julian Brandt's precision pass setting up Karim Adeyemi for a swift opener. The match remained fiercely contested, with Bayern's Harry Kane missing a rare opportunity, while Dortmund's defense, led by Mats Hummels, stood firm against Bayern's onslaught.

As the first half concluded with Dortmund holding the lead, the visitors showcased resilience reminiscent of past encounters. Felix Nmecha's chance nearly sealed the victory, but Bayern's stand-in goalkeeper, Sven Ulreich, held firm. Hummels continued to impress, both defensively and offensively, epitomsiing Dortmund's determination.

In the final minutes, substitute Sébastien Haller played a crucial role, assisting Julian Ryerson's goal to secure Dortmund's fourth consecutive league victory. Despite a late scare with a disallowed goal, Dortmund celebrated a historic win, bolstering their UEFA Champions League qualification hopes. 

Meanwhile, Bayern's disappointment was compounded by Bayer Leverkusen's late triumph, signalling a potential end to their Bundesliga dominance with a daunting 13-point gap and just seven matches remaining.

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