Borussia Dortmund on Sunday beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-2 to restore a three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with their first league win in four matches as they snapped the visitors’ four-game winning streak.
The Ruhr valley club have 54 points, with champions Bayern Munich on 51 after their 1-0 win over Hertha BSC on Saturday.
Dortmund, who had not won in their previous five games in all competitions, started on the back foot, with in-form Leverkusen having 75 percent possession in the first 15 minutes.
“It was an extremely intense game and in the first 20 minutes Leverkusen dominated,” Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. “Then we got our first goal and we started to defend a bit better. We still need to improve further, but at least today we did it. That was very important.”
The hosts scored when Dan-Axel Zagadou slotted in from close range as their first corner was floated into the penalty area by Raphael Guerreiro.
Kevin Volland drew the visitors level in the 37th minute after a fine combination with Kai Havertz, but a minute later Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho sensationally volleyed home a deep cross from Abdou Diallo to put his side back into the lead.
Mario Goetze looked to have killed off the game when he gave Dortmund a two-goal cushion on the hour mark, but Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah sneaked in at the far post to head home a free-kick and revive their chances in the 74th minute.
Dortmund, who lost 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 first leg earlier this month, managed to hold on for the victory, despite late Leverkusen pressure.
It was also their first win without captain Marco Reus, who was injured earlier this month.
It was a losing return to Dortmund for Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz, who was briefly in charge of the team before being sacked in December 2017.
“We were here to win the game,” Dutchman Bosz said. “We did not manage that so we are very disappointed. We need to defend better.”
Leverkusen dropped to seventh place on 36 points.
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