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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern closes ground after BVB’s awful finish

APTOPIX Germany Soccer Bundesliga

Hoffenheim’s Ishak Belfodil heads his side’s third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. The match ended 3-3. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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A wild day in the Bundesliga saw humiliating performances for two of the Top Three.

[ RECAP: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth ]

The third side did not blow its chance to take advantage, as Bayern Munich moved ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach to get within five points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.


Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Hoffenheim

Leading 3-0 at home with 15 minutes remaining in the match, Dortmund disintegrated.

There’s no other way to describe it. Jadon Sancho, Mario Gotze, and Raphael Guerreiro led to a solitary point thanks in large part to Ishak Belfodil.

The 27-year-old scored his fifth and six goals of the season, sandwiched around a Pavel Kaderabek goal, as Hoffenheim keeps its European hopes alive.

USMNT attacker Christian Pulisic was an unused sub in the draw after playing 120 minutes at midweek. BVB meets Tottenham on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Hertha Berlin

Thirty-three year old Salomon Kalou was among the scorers as Hertha scored a result almost as surprising as Hoffenheim’s draw. Ondrej Duda and Davie Selke scored second half goals to put the away win in the bag.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Schalke

An own goal started the scoring at the Allianz Arena, and the hosts didn’t wilt when Schalke answered in the 25th minute, as American midfielder set up Ahmed Kutucu.

The deadlock lasted all of two minutes.

Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry scored on either side of halftime to give Bayern a boost in the table and leading into a UEFA Champions League tie with Liverpool.

And Lewandowski assisted Gnabry’s goal with a very nice-looking overhead attempt.

Elsewhere
Mainz 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen -- Friday
RB Leipzig 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg 3-3 Wolfsburg
Hannover 96 2-0 Nurnberg
Werder Bremen v. Augsburg -- 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Stuttgart -- Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Borussia Dortmund2115515423319-2-06-3-150
Bayern Munich2114344724236-3-18-0-345
Mönchengladbach2113354121209-0-14-3-442
RB Leipzig2111553818207-3-14-2-438
Eintracht Frankfurt219664027135-2-34-4-333
Bayer Leverkusen211038373255-1-45-2-433
VfL Wolfsburg21957323023-3-46-2-332
Hertha BSC Berlin21876343134-4-24-3-431
1899 Hoffenheim21795413293-5-34-4-230
Werder Bremen20767323203-4-34-2-427
FSV Mainz 05217682333-104-4-33-2-527
SC Freiburg215882937-83-5-32-3-523
FC Schalke 042164112532-74-0-62-4-522
Fortuna Düsseldorf2064102239-174-0-62-4-422
FC Augsburg2046102933-42-4-42-2-618
VfB Stuttgart2043131744-273-2-51-1-815
Hannover 962135132044-243-1-70-4-614
1. FC Nürnberg2126131746-292-4-50-2-812

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