Bayer Leverkusen blew the prospect to go prime of the Bundesliga Saturday after stumbling to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt following a second-half personal purpose by Edmond Tapsoba.
With leaders Bayern Munich at dwelling to strugglers Mainz on Sunday, Leverkusen squandered the chance to reclaim first place because the Bundesliga returned from a two-week winter break.
Third-placed RB Leipzig can bridge the two-point hole and leap into first place in the event that they win later at Stuttgart.
Leverkusen additionally misplaced to Bayern by the identical scoreline earlier than Christmas.
“I’ve made my emotions clear within the dressing room,” Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz advised Sky.
“We deserved to lose. Frankfurt had a greater declare to the victory.”
Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri scored with a deft back-heel flick to offer the guests the lead after solely 10 minutes in Frankfurt.
The hosts drew stage 12 minutes later when Amin Younes obtained in behind the defence to attain and Frankfurt grabbed the winner when Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada put in a cross which Leverkusen defender Tapsoba become his personal web.
Earlier than kickoff, Frankfurt director Fredi Bobic confirmed experiences his membership are keen on Bayern’s teenage striker Joshua Zirkzee, after promoting Dutch ahead Bas Dost to Brugge.
Zirkzee may again up Frankfurt’s prime scorer Andre Silva, who has notched 9 league targets this season.
“He is an efficient, younger footballer with loads of potential and we’re in search of a participant of his profile,” mentioned Fredi Bobic.
– Awoniyi shines –
Union Berlin rose to fourth – into the Champions League locations for the primary time within the membership’s historical past – after their 2-0 win at Werder Bremen.
Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi, who has scored in his final three league video games, capped one other spectacular show with a purpose and help.
After Bremen misplaced the ball in their very own half, the 23-year-old Nigeria worldwide took benefit of a two-on-two scenario by drawing the defence and passing to Sheraldo Becker, who fired dwelling on 12 minutes.
Awoniyi doubled Union’s lead on 28 minutes by tapping the ball over the road, simply out of the attain of Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.
Bremen had a penalty attraction turned down when a shot by Japan midfielder Yuya Osako clipped the hand of a Union defender, then Romano Schmid had a purpose dominated offside.
Hoffenheim misplaced each defender Kevin Akpoguma and Germany midfielder Sebastian Rudy with early leg accidents as they crashed to a 3-1 dwelling defeat to Freiburg.
– Winless in 30 league video games –
With the hosts struggling to reshuffle, Freiburg have been 3-0 up at half-time because of a Baptiste Santamaria purpose, a Vincenzo Grifo penalty and an personal purpose by Senegal defender Kasim Adams.
Hoffenheim scored a second-half comfort purpose by way of Togo winger Ihlas Bebou.
Borussia Moenchengeladbach, who host Manchester Metropolis within the first leg of the Champions League final 16 subsequent month, earned their first win in 5 league video games with a 1-0 victory at Arminia Bielefeld.
Swiss striker Breel Embolo netted the profitable purpose simply after half-time when he held off a defender and fired dwelling.
Mid-table Augsburg rebounded after back-to-back defeats with a 1-0 win at Cologne with Brazilian winger Iago netting the late winner.
Backside aspect Schalke are actually 30 video games and not using a win — one wanting the Bundesliga report — after a 3-0 defeat away to Hertha Berlin.
Former Tottenham supervisor Christian Gross, put in as Schalke’s fourth head coach this season, obtained off to a dropping begin as Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi, Colombia striker Jhon Cordoba and his alternative, Poland ahead Krzysztof Piatek, scored for Hertha.
Having netted two minutes after coming off the bench, Piatek had a second late purpose dominated offside.