The more things change…
Bayern Munich came back from an early deficit to end Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten league season and retake control of the Bundesliga table.
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A draw for Leipzig and Dortmund loss means Bayern has a two-point lead on second- and third- and a six-point advantage over its Klassiker rivals.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich
Having won FIFA’s Best Men’s Player Award earlier this week, Robert Lewandowski celebrated another major award with a brace that included stoppage-time heroics to put Bayern first .
Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten run ended at 13 league matches following a loss to the visiting champs.
Patrik Schick scored before the match was a quarter-hour old but Bayern had it level before the break when Thomas Muller cued up Lewandowski (imagine that).
Lewandowski, however, came up big in stoppage time to put Bayern back atop Leverkusen and the table.
Bayern lost Kingsley Coman to injury in the 32nd minute.
LEWANDOWSKI AT THE DEATH!
Bayern Munich go top of the league before the break! pic.twitter.com/wRzmjFCw7Z
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 19, 2020
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Hoffenheim
A pair of Premier League connections led Hoffenheim’s late comeback charge at Borussia Park as 10-man Gladbach let a 1-0 lead slip over the final 20 minutes.
Lars Stindl’s fine season continued with an early penalty but ex-Leicester City man Andrej Kramaric fired home in the 71st to level the line.
Marcus Thurman was sent off after VAR review moments later for spitting on a Gladbach player in a move that will cost the hosts one of their best players for a long time.
Spurs loanee Ryan Sessegnon’s 86th-minute goal snapped a two-match mini-skid for Hoffenheim, who had lost to Leipzig and Leverkusen after advancing to the Europa League Round of 32.
Gladbach fails to move into the top six with the loss. The Champions League Round f 16 side is winless in six across all competitions.
Union Berlin 2-1 Borussia Dortmund — Friday
Schalke 0-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Mainz 0-1 Werder Bremen
RB Leipzig 0-0 Koln
Augsburg 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg v Hertha Berlin — 9:30 am ET Sunday
Wolfsburg v Stuttgart — Noon ET Sunday