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Bayern Munich falter in title race following 3-1 defeat to RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich falter in title race following 3-1 defeat to RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich look set to miss out on the Bundesliga title after a dismal 3-1 defeat to RB Leipzig today.

Christopher Nkunku starred as Leipzig secured a first-ever league victory over Bayern at the Allianz Arena to set up a tantalising finale to the Bundesliga title race. 

Heading into the game, Bayern knew they needed three points to keep their fate in their own hands, and Thomas Tuchel admitted as much.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to edge their noses out in front, with Serge Gnabry curling home a delightful right-footed effort from inside the penalty area after just 25 minutes.

However, Tuchel’s side dropped off after breaking the deadlock, with the visitors coming close to levelling matters as Yann Sommer denied Nkunku from close range.

Marco Rose’s side were unlucky not to have equalised before the break, and losing their rhythm after the half-time interval did not help their cause.

However, Leipzig snatched a leveller in the 65th minute against the run of play, with Bayern caught out by a devastating counter-attack. 

Joao Cancelo did his best to thwart the attack, but Konrad Laimer was on hand to lash home the rebound.

Laimer’s strike shifted the momentum in favour of the visitors, who were desperate to end their wretched record against the Rekordmeister.

Things went from bad to worse for the Champions when Nkunku was hacked down by Benjamin Pavard inside the penalty area.

Leipzig were awarded a penalty and the Chelsea-bound striker stepped up to convert, silencing the Bayern faithful and turning the title race on its head.

Rose’s side needed a win to secure their place in next season’s Champions League, but thrashing Bayern on their own patch was icing on the cake.

Ten minutes later, the home crowd went from silence to despair as Noussair Mazraoui was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area.

Nkunku passed on the chance to double his tally, but Dominik Szoboszlai made no mistake doubling Leipzig’s lead with a well-taken penalty.

Leipzig’s famous victory will be celebrated in the Borussia Dortmund camp, with the Black and Yellows now just two wins away from a first Bundesliga title since 2012.

Dortmund are up against a lowly Augsburg side on Sunday, knowing a win puts them within touching distance of ending Die Roten’s 10-year reign of terror in the German top flight.

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