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Bayern Munich lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, their first home defeat against “Der Klassiker” in a decade, allowing Bayer Leverkusen, who came back to win 2-1 against Hoffenheim, to take 13 points. advances with seven days remaining. Leverkusen’s victory put the onus on Bayern in Saturday’s late match, but the German champions lost at home, with Dortmund scoring goals in each half through Munich’s Karim Adeyemi and defender Julian Ryerson. Harry Kane had the ball in the net in the dying minutes to give Bayern hope of a comeback, but the England captain’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel sent “congratulations to Leverkusen”.

When asked if the title race was over, Tuchel replied “of course”, saying “it’s obvious, clear”.

Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich was furious and publicly criticized his team.

“I wonder how you can achieve such a performance in a match like this. It’s completely incomprehensible.

“In the second half we had the feeling that nothing was at stake, it was like a friendly match.

“We need to go home and challenge ourselves.”

Dortmund’s first league win in Munich in 3,641 days, dating back to 2014 when Jurgen Klopp was in the dugout, saw them move three points clear of RB Leipzig and back into fourth place as the battle for the Champions League intensifies.

The victory in Munich “took too long”, Dortmund coach Edin Terzic said.

“We were a bit lucky, but we worked hard to get there,” Terzic told Sky.

Earlier on Saturday, Maximilian Baier gave Hoffenheim a 1-0 lead in Leverkusen.

But with this season’s unbeaten record under serious threat a day after Xabi Alonso pledged to stay as coach for another year, the championship leaders have hit back.

Robert Andrich equalized in the 88th minute before an injury-time volley from Patrik Schick sealed another remarkable comeback victory.

Leverkusen’s late victory ensured their winning record continued in the final stages of this season.

Alonso’s side scored late to beat Augsburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart in the German Cup and Qarabag twice in the Europa League.

“I have always been optimistic,” Alonso told reporters. “We said at half-time that a goal was important. Everything can change in an instant.

“We have a winning mentality – we built it ourselves this season.”

– Alonso ‘not going anywhere’ –

“We kept fighting and believing until the end,” Leverkusen goalscorer Andrich told Sky.

“I had no doubt we were going to score at least one goal today. I knew one of our shots had to go in eventually.”

The midfielder, who stood alongside his coach as the team celebrated in front of home fans after the match, said Alonso had told the players on Friday that he would stay beyond the season.

“He said he wasn’t going anywhere, he said he was going to stay here.

“The timing he chose was very good. Now we can continue to attack and hopefully achieve something big this season.”

Dortmund’s victory meant RB Leipzig’s bid for a Champions League place took a hit, after the German Cup holders played out a goalless draw at home to lowly Mainz despite having possession and a dominant territory.

The home side were denied twice in the first half, with an eighth-minute handball penalty ruled out by VAR and a Lois Openda goal ruled offside.

“I don’t hear about the expected goals anymore. We just didn’t take our chance,” lamented Leipzig’s David Raum.

Regulars in the Champions League for a decade, RB Leipzig and Dortmund face each other in the championship at the end of April at the Red Bull Arena.

New Wolfsburg manager Ralph Hasenhuettl, a former Southampton manager, was victorious in his first match in charge, 2-0 at Werder Bremen.

Bremen were reduced to 10 men just before half-time following a last man foul from Anthony Jung. Maxence Lacroix gave the Wolves the lead shortly after.

Lacroix was sent off in the second half, but Wolfsburg’s Lovro Majer scored to seal the victory.

Freiburg took a step towards European qualification in long-time coach Christian Streich’s final season at the club with a 3-0 victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The Black Forest team was in complete control against Gladbach, Michael Gregoritsch, Merlin Roehl and Ritsu Doan, who all scored goals.

Union Berlin held Eintracht Frankfurt to a 0-0 away draw, picking up a valuable point to move nine relegation places.

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