Bayern fails to clinch Bundesliga, Dortmund keeps race alive
By CiarÁN Fahey | The Associated Press05/11/19, 15:52
Bayern Munich missed the chance to win the Bundesliga in a scoreless draw at Leipzig while Borussia Dortmund kept the title race alive by beating Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2 on Saturday.
Bayern, which would have secured a seventh straight title with a win, blew the first of what coach Niko Kovac called “two match balls” as it allowed Dortmund to close the gap to two points before the final round next weekend.
Bayern boasts a considerably better goal difference by 17 goals, meaning a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich next Saturday will be enough to seal the title. Dortmund must win at Borussia Mönchengladbach and hope for a Frankfurt victory to take the title.
Stuttgart defeated Wolfsburg 3-0 to clinch the relegation playoff place and condemn the bottom two, Hannover and Nuremberg, to the second division.
Gladbach defeated Nuremberg 3-0 away to move to fourth, ahead of Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference, for the last Champions League qualification place. Leverkusen was held at home by Schalke to 1-1.
Also, Werder Bremen won at Hoffenheim 1-0, and Hertha Berlin won at Augsburg 4-3 thanks to Salomon Kalou in injury time.
Frankfurt can reclaim fourth place on Sunday with a win at home against Mainz.