Leaders of the German Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen, dominated champions Bayern Munich to secure a convincing 3-0 win on Saturday, extending their lead at the top of the league to five points and asserting their control over the title race.
Goals from Josip Stanisic, Alejandro Grimaldo, and Jeremie Frimpong secured the victory for Leverkusen, who have never clinched a Bundesliga title, and extended their undefeated streak to 31 matches across all competitions this season.
Bayern Munich, in pursuit of their 12th consecutive league title, were largely ineffective, managing just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Xabi Alonso’s team, who also struck the woodwork twice, now sit on 55 points, while Bayern Munich trails in second place with 50 points.
The hosts displayed more aggression compared to Bayern, who initially dominated possession but lacked attacking creativity. Bayern’s defense appeared vulnerable, struggling to cope with Leverkusen’s mounting pressure.
Their defensive lapse was evident when Robert Andrich, capitalizing on a swiftly taken throw-in, delivered a cutback across the box, leaving Stanisic unmarked at the far post to slot home.
Spanish international Grimaldo doubled the lead five minutes into the second half with his eighth league goal of the season and also rattled the crossbar with a sharply curled corner kick.
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Although Leverkusen gradually eased off, they still threatened with Frimpong’s low drive narrowly missing the target in the 73rd minute.
Bayern struggled to find a way back into the game, and even the league’s top scorer, Harry Kane, failed to make an impact.
In the 88th minute, Frimpong struck the post, but the Dutch midfielder finally found the back of the net in stoppage time. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ventured into the opponents’ box for a corner but failed to return in time.
Frimpong capitalized on the opportunity, racing clear and floating a shot from 25 meters into an unguarded net, sealing a memorable victory for Leverkusen.