A last-minute goal by Robert Lewandowski has taken Bayern Munich back to the top of the Bundesliga courtesy of a 2-1 win over fellow high-flyers Bayer Leverkusen.
Two days after being crowned as FIFA’s best male player, Lewandowski made the difference against Leverkusen, scoring twice as Bayern came from behind to snatch victory in the dying seconds.
The win was testament to Bayern’s ability to play their way out of trouble.
It was the seventh Bundesliga game in a row in which the German champions have come back to earn points after conceding the opening goal.
Having taken a 14th-minute lead through Patrik Schick, Leverkusen gave Bayern a helping hand just before half time when goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky collided with defender Jonathan Tah and they both watched Thomas Muller’s cross float to the unmarked Lewandowski who headed into an empty net.
Bayern dominated the second half, but had to wait until three minutes into added time before Lewandowski clinched the winner.
Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram was sent off for spitting in the face of an opponent as his side lost to Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Bundesliga.
With the scores locked at 1-1, Thuram spat at Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch in the 77th minute and was shown a red card after referee Frank Willenborg consulted VAR.
Gladbach coach Marco Rose apologised “on behalf of the whole club”.
“It simply doesn’t belong on a football pitch. It goes way beyond the limits,” he said.
Posch was booked for his part in the altercation and subsequently substituted for Kevin Akpoguma, who set up Ryan Sessegnon for Hoffenheim’s winner four minutes from time.
Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn helped his team to a 0-0 draw at Red Bull Leipzig, where Jan Thielmann almost scored an added-time winner for the visitors.
A change of coach did little to help Schalke snap its long run without a win, with Fabian Klos scoring early in the second half for relegation rival Arminia Bielefeld to beat interim boss Huub Stevens’ team 1-0.
Arminia Bielefeld moved six points above Schalke, who remain rock bottom.
Schalke’s winless run in the Bundesliga is at 29 games and closing in on Tasmania Berlin’s league record of 31 straight games without a victory in the 1965-66 season.
Eren Dinkci scored in the last minute for Werder Bremen to win at Mainz 1-0, while Eintracht Frankfurt won 2-0 at Augsburg.