BERLIN: Harry Kane scored the go-ahead objective to assist Bayern Munich to a 3-1 comeback house win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, holding scorching on the heels of leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who received 2-0 at Darmstadt.
Bayern keep simply two factors behind Xabi Alonso’s unbeaten facet, with the 2 going through off subsequent Saturday in Leverkusen.
“The massive recreation is coming. We wished to point out our followers one thing,” Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka stated after the match.
However whereas Leverkusen secured a cushty win at last-placed Darmstadt because of a brace from Nigeria winger Nathan Tella, Bayern have been as soon as once more bailed out by Kane, who now has 24 objectives in 20 league video games this season.
Gladbach traveled to Munich boasting a superb current document towards the perennial German champions, with Bayern successful simply considered one of their previous six matches.
Bayern conceded early after a horror cross from Manuel Neuer allowed Gladbach to waltz by the penalty field, with Nico Elvedi tapping in from shut vary.
Bayern youth product Aleksandar Pavlovic drew the house facet degree simply earlier than half-time when he slid by the Gladbach protection and drilled within the equalizer.
Gladbach have been brave towards an injury-hit Munich facet who’ve lacked confidence and fluency because the winter break.
Kane nonetheless stepped up with 20 minutes remaining, heading in after a mistake from Gladbach ‘keeper Moritz Nicolas.
Kane’s twenty fourth league objective of the season retains him on observe for the all-time document of 41 objectives in a Bundesliga season, set by his Bayern predecessor Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel set his sights on subsequent week’s top-of-the-table conflict.
“Leverkusen are taking part in an impressive season, however we’ve bought simply two factors fewer.
“We’ll journey to Leverkusen with a transparent objective — to inflict a primary defeat of the season on them and to overhaul them into prime spot.”
Bayern veteran Thomas Mueller was offered with a particular shirt after successful his five hundredth match with the German champions, however advised reporters: “I’m not such a fan of those commemorations.”
“Subsequent week we play Leverkusen. The sensation of successful is an exquisite factor. We wish to expertise that in Leverkusen as effectively.”
Leverkusen’s win ensured they might keep prime of the desk forward of Bayern’s go to.
Making his first league begin since transferring to Leverkusen from Southampton in the beginning of the season, Tella put Leverkusen forward after half an hour, shedding his marker to move in a looping chip from Alex Grimaldo.
Tella doubled up early within the second half, blasting in from shut vary previous the helpless Darmstadt ‘keeper.
Stuttgart took benefit of Borussia Dortmund’s 0-0 draw at Heidenheim on Friday, successful 3-1 away towards a 10-man Freiburg to go three factors clear in third place.
Brighton loanee Deniz Undav gave Stuttgart the lead after simply three minutes, with Germany winger Chris Fuehrich added one other simply 4 minutes later.
Freiburg misplaced Merlin Roehl to a straight pink card for an unsightly studs-up deal with after simply 18 minutes, however they pulled a objective again by Lucas Kuebler late within the first half.
Maximilian Mittelstaedt scored for Stuttgart with quarter-hour remaining to seal victory.
In Saturday’s late recreation, Cologne received simply their third match of the season, triumphing 2-0 at house over Eintracht Frankfurt, who completed with 9 males.
Frankfurt defender Niels Nkounkou picked up a second yellow for a silly tug on the leg of Faride Alidou, with the midfielder scoring from the following free kick.
Jan Thielmann scored Cologne’s second on the counter with ten minutes remaining to seal the victory, moments earlier than Tuta was despatched from the pitch for selecting up his second yellow.
Nonetheless within the play-off spot, Cologne’s win allowed them to widen the hole on the automated relegation locations to 4 factors.
Elsewhere, Augsburg scored a penalty in damage time to grab some extent in a 1-1 draw at Bochum.
Werder Bremen scored after simply two minutes by Marvin Ducksch to win 1-0 at lowly Mainz.