Soccer-Ten-man Bayern rout Stuttgart as Dortmund lose ground

Soccer-Ten-man Bayern rout Stuttgart as Dortmund lose ground

20/3/2021 9:31:00 PM

Soccer-Ten-man Bayern rout Stuttgart as Dortmund lose ground

MUNICH (Reuters) - Ten-man Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich stayed in the driving seat to retain their title with a 4-0 home drubbing of Vfb Stuttgart, while Borussia Dortmund lost ground in their quest for a top-four finish after a 2-2 draw at Cologne on Saturday.

Lewandowski fired Bayern ahead in the 18th and German Gnabry rounded off a sweeping move to make it 2-0 before the Poland striker finished off Stuttgart with a header and a left-foot shot, thriving from good work by Leroy Sane and Thomas Mueller.The result left Bayern on 61 points from 26 games, four ahead of closest rivals RB Leipzig ahead of a blockbuster clash at the Red Bull Arena on April 3 after the international break.

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Dortmund salvaged a point at Cologne thanks to their Norway striker Erling Haaland's last-gasp equaliser but will see a share of the spoils as a bittersweet outcome having fallen behind in the race for a Champions League qualifying spot.Dortmund stayed fifth on 43 points, four behind Eintracht Frankfurt who gained ground with a 5-2 home rout of Union Berlin after Andre Silva scored twice while Filip Kostic and Timothy Chandler added one each to complement a Robert Andrich own goal.

Haaland fired Dortmund into a third-minute lead with a superb solo effort but Cologne turned the match on its head after Ondrej Duda converted a penalty and Ismail Jacobs hit the roof of the net with a fierce shot from 15 metres.Haaland showed his predatory skills again in the 90th minute to tap in a low cross from the right but Dortmund were unable to force a final twist as the hosts held on in stoppage time.

Third-placed Vfl Wolfsburg, who are 10 points behind Bayern and four ahead of Frankfurt, stayed firmly on course to secure a Champions League berth with a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.Wout Weghorst struck in the 42nd minute after a Joshua Sargent own goal to give Wolfsburg a 2-0 lead before Kevin Moehwald pulled one back on the stroke of halftime.

In Saturday's late kick-off, bottom team Schalke 04 are at home to mid-table Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Hertha Berlin, who occupy the relegation playoff spot, host sixth-placed Bayer Leverkusen in Sunday's standout fixture.(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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