Leon Bailey doubles Bayern Munich twice, Leipzig wins in Germany
BERLIN: Leon Bailey scored twice as Bayern Munich crashed 1-2 at home to 10 men Bayer Leverkusen on saturday while RB Leipzig He led the Bundesliga after a nervous 3-2 victory on the lower side Paderborn.
Hansi Flick lost for the first time in five games as Bayern's interim coach after Jamaica's end, Bailey, scored goals in the first half for Leverkusen.
In the center of the table, Leverkusen finished with 10 men after defender Jonathan Tah saw a late red card for committing a foul on Philippe Coutinho.
Leipzig's victory over Paderborn allowed them to open a two-point lead over Borussia Moenchenglabach.
Elsewhere, Jurgen Klinsmann began his term as interim chief of Hertha Berlin with a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund of 10 men at the Olympic Stadium with sold out tickets.
Flick, in command until at least January, had won his first four games with 16 goals scored and zero received, the best start of a coach in Bayern's proud history.
However, little went well in the Allianz Arena for Bayern, which is fourth and follows Leipzig for three points.
I didn't go crazy after winning four games and now I won't, Flick said.
We knew that Leverkusen was good at the counter and risked mercilessly; We do not take advantage of ours.
Bayern hit the wood three times, had 75 percent possession and 24 shots on goal, twice as much as Leverkusen.
The visitors were ahead of 10 minutes when Bailey passed Benjamin Pavard after a brilliant pass from Kevin Volland.
After Serge Gnabry, Iván Perisic hit the wood, Thomas Mueller matched in 33 minutes, but Bayern was level for only 113 seconds while Bailey this time passed with Javi Martinez to beat Manuel Neuer.
Bayern had little luck and even Robert Lewandowski, who scored four goals in 15 minutes on Tuesday's 6-0 beating against the Red Star in Belgrade, failed to score.
Lewandowski shot wide, an unusual sight for the Polish star who has 27 goals in 21 games, then hit the post in additional time as Munich suffered only his second home loss this season.
On Sunday, Moenchengladbach can claim first place by beating Freiburg.
In Paderborn, Leipzig had a 3-0 lead at halftime thanks to goals from Patrik Schick, Marcel Sabitzer and Germany striker Timo Werner, who scored his 13th goal in the league this season.
However, it was a completely different story after the break.
Paderborn, who won a 3-3 draw at Dortmund last weekend, responded with goals from striker Streli Mamba and captain Klaus Gjasula, but Leipzig held on.
We made it more tense than necessary, admitted Leipzig sports director Markus Kroesche.
In the capital, ex- Germany and USA head coach Klinsmann saw his Hertha team lose despite Dortmund playing the entire second-half with 10 men after Mats Hummels was sent off.
Dortmund is fifth, four points behind Leipzig, and his victory relieves pressure on coach Lucien Favre.
We gave everything. It was not easy to defend in the second half with ten men, Favre said.
Jadon Sancho backed his excellent Champions League attack in Barcelona in the middle of the week with a good final after 15 minutes, then Thorgan Hazard did it 2-0 a minute later stabbing at home a center of Achraf Hakimi.
Vladimir Darida withdrew a goal for Hertha at 34 minutes, while Hummels was ejected just before the break for a clumsy foul on Davie Selke.
Selke had a goal in the second half out of play and Dortmund held on.
We deserved more, Klinsmann insisted when Hertha dropped into the descent places. We do not press hard enough.
There were eight cards in the first half, matching the league record, as Cologne drew 1-1 at home against Augsburg and both teams were reduced to ten men in the first 45 minutes.
Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn saved a penalty from Andre Hahn after just nine minutes, then the hosts had defender Rafael Czichos ejected at 39 minutes for a second yellow.
Augsburg striker Florian Niederlechner scored, then Hahn was ejected just before the break for a second reserve offensive.
Colonia finally got a point when substitute striker Jhon Córdoba equaled four minutes from the end.