Own goal puts Bayern Munich on brink of title

BERLIN - A second-string Bayern Munich team snatched a 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday thanks to a late own goal to stay 20 points clear at the top and on track for their first Bundesliga crown since 2010.

Saturday

Hoffenheim  0-0  Mainz
Hamburg SV  0-1  FC Augsburg
Bremen   2-2  SpVgg Fu
Dortmund  5-1 SC Freiburg
Nurnberg  3-0  Schalke 04
Leverkusen  1-2  Bayern

BERLIN - A second-string Bayern Munich team snatched a 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday thanks to a late own goal to stay 20 points clear at the top and on track for their first Bundesliga crown since 2010.

Mario Gomez fired the Bavarians into the lead with a superb solo effort in 37th minute but Simon Rolfes grabbed the equaliser in the 75th.

Bayern, who will lift the title if they win their next match and second-placed Borussia Dortmund draw, avenged their only league defeat this season when Bastian Schweinsteiger’s 87th-minute free kick deflected into the net off Philipp Wollscheid’s shoulder.

Dortmund demolished Freiburg 5-1 with two goals apiece from Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski and playmaker Nuri Sahin to sprint four points clear of third-placed Leverkusen.

Bayern have 69 points with eight games left, Dortmund are on 49 and Leverkusen 45.

Coach Jupp Heynckes made half a dozen changes to the Bayern team that edged past Arsenal on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals, with Gomez replacing the club’s top scorer Mario Mandzukic.

Agencies

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