Bailey denies Dortmund late as Leverkusen win seven-goal thriller
Berlin: Leon Bailey scored one late goal and made another on Saturday as Bayer Leverkusen earned a stunning 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund to deny the visitors the chance to move level on points with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Jamaica winger Bailey came on for the final 20 minutes with his side 3-2 down and after slotting home the equaliser with nine minutes left, the Jamaican winger’s audacious backheel seconds later led to Lars Bender heading in Leverkusen’s dramatic winner.
The defeat for Dortmund, which leaves them third on 39 points, was also the first time teenager prodigy Erling Braut Haaland failed to score after hitting eight goals in his first four games for his new club.
Leverkusen are now fifth, two points off the Champions League places.
Dortmund could finish the weekend six points behind Bayern Munich if the defending champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home on Sunday, after conceding for the 32nd time this season.
“We have problems, we’re conceding too many goals,” fumed Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre.
“We have to control the situations better and play smarter.”
The goals flew at the BayArena with three disallowed efforts on top of the two Kevin Volland also scored for Leverkusen.
Volland put Leverkusen ahead on 20 minutes by firing home with his second touch, but Hummels equalised almost immediately by heading home a corner.
Emre Can put Dortmund 2-1 up with a rifled finish in the 33rd minute before German Volland levelled just before the break.
Dortmund took the lead again in the 65th minute when Achraf Hakimi started a move which released left-back Raphael Guerreiro, who drove his shot home. – AFP