Jadon Sancho-inspired Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig in a thriller to help the Bavarians clinch the German league title.
German giants Bayern Munich have won a historic ninth successive Bundesliga title following RB Leipzig’s defeat at Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho scored a brace to help Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 3-2 in their league clash on Saturday. Bayern with 71 points from 31 games are way ahead of their closest title challenger Leipzig, which currently has 64 points from 32 matches. It is to be noted that the German league only has 18 teams in the top division compared to the English or Spanish League, where 20 teams occupy the first division.
This also means that every team in the Bundesliga will have the luxury of playing four games less compared to other prominent leagues in Europe. With each team able to play only 34 matches in a single season, Leipzig cannot mathematically overtake the German giants on the back of their latest defeat. Following the happy news at the Signal Iduna Park, Bayern can now extend their lead at the top when they play Borussia Monchengladbach later on Saturday.
Leipzig anyway had a mountain to climb. They not just had to win at Dortmund, but also needed to win their remaining two matches and hope that Bayern suffer a monumental collapse. Unfortunately, they were not able to keep up pace with the Bavarians.
Marco Reus gave the hosts an early lead on Saturday night. From there on it was the Sancho show! The English winger continued his impressive 2021 form and gave a timely reminder to England head coach Gareth Southgate ahead of the Euros, on what he could bring to the team.
With Dortmund’s lead intact from the first half, Sancho cut in from the left flank before putting the ball past the goalkeeper into the far corner with his right foot to double the home team’s advantage on 51 minutes.
Just past the hour-mark, Lukas Klostermann’s header from a corner reduced the deficit for Leipzig on 63 minutes. Buoyed by the goal, the visiting team kept pushing forward and got their equaliser with 13 minutes to play when Hwang Hee-Chan cutback for Dani Olmo to slot in. Just when it looked like a draw was on the cards, Sancho sealed Leipzig’s fate by netting the winner on 87 minutes.
The victory has moved Dortmund into fourth place – the final Champions League qualifying position. However, Eintracht Frankfurt are only two points behind in fifth and are yet to play this weekend.
Meanwhile, David Alaba and manager Hansi Flick will leave Bayern at the end of the season. On the other hand, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann will join the Bavarians once the current campaign ends.