Bundesliga Update: Leverkusen Carelessly Slip Out of Top Three

By Douglas Smith
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It has been a disastrous month for Bayer Leverkusen and a 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich did nothing to change their recent form. Leverkusen has been top two for the majority of the Bundesliga season, but now find themselves looking up at three others ahead of them in the table. After being bounced emphatically from the Champions League, a top-three finish may be the only thing to save Leverkusen’s season. However, based on current form, they could even miss qualifying for the Europa League.

A 90th-minute goal by Stefan Kieβling gave Leverkusen a little bit of hope as they were able to finally penetrate the Bayern defense. That was the first real threat for Leverkusen since the first quarter of the match. Heung-Min Son was in alone but sent a shot just wide of the post. Kieβling threated in the 14th minute, but the offside flag was up. After that, Bayern played their usual possession game.

Bayern have now gone 50 matches unbeaten in the Bundesliga. Leverkusen was the only team they had not beaten this year as the two teams drew in their match earlier this season. Bayern Munich are now 23 points clear at the top with a chance to clinch the Bundesliga title next Saturday.

Leverkusen now sit in fourth place with four teams within six points. Fourth place would be good enough for a Champions League playoff to enter the group stage.

Mainz 4 – Hoffenheim 2

Mainz went down 2-0 just after halftime but scored four unanswered goals in a 23 minute span to take over the fifth spot in the table. USMNT player Fabian Johnson went 87 minutes and recorded an assist. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting started the Mainz comeback in the 67th minute. Shinji Okazaki scored the game winner and added another in stoppage time.

Rest of the Table

It was a rather low-scoring weekend across the Bundesliga. Schalke beat Augsburg 2-1 to leapfrog Leverkusen and moved into third place. An injury plagued Dortmund lost 2-1 to Mönchengladbach, but kept their hold on second place. Mönchengladbach remain in a battle for the final Europa League spot as four teams are separated by four points. Hertha Berlin‘s chance for that sixth spot hit a snag as they were shut out by Hannover. John Brooks was an unused sub.

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