Leverkusen, Dortmund drop points in Bundesliga

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014
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BERLIN (AP) — Freiburg defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 and Borussia Dortmund was held to 2-2 at home by Augsburg as Bayern Munich's main title rivals both faltered in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern led second-place Leverkusen by 10 points with a game in hand, while Dortmund was another four points off the pace.

Freiburg midfielder Felix Klaus scored in the last minute as his side twice came from behind to climb provisionally out of the relegation zone.

"We still have an incredibly long way to go," Freiburg coach Christian Streich said.

Lars Bender scored with Leverkusen's first shot in the fourth minute and Admir Mehmedi equalized with a fine strike in the 27th before Simon Rolfes restored the visitors' lead eight minutes later.

Jonathan Schmid's free kick squeezed inside the near post in the 53rd, thanks to a light deflection from Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling on his 30th birthday, and Klaus scored the winning goal on a counterattack.

"Freiburg were dangerous," Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia said. "We tried to win, then came the counter."

Dortmund endured an afternoon to forget as the side's bad luck with injuries continued. Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski sustained suspected cruciate ligament damage to his right knee in the third minute.

"The opening period was overshadowed by Blaszczykowski's injury," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, who has also had to contend with long-standing injuries to Ilkay Gundogan, Mats Hummels, Lukasz Piszczek and Neven Subotic.

Sven Bender headed home side Dortmund in front in the fifth — one minute after his twin opened the scoring for Leverkusen — but conceded an own goal in the 56th, when he deflected Andre Hahn's cross into his own net.

Nuri Sahin restored Dortmund's lead from a free kick in the 66th, only for South Korea midfielder Ji Dong-won, who will join Dortmund next season, to score Augsburg's equalizer in the 72nd just two minutes after going on as a substitute.

"You could see we'd set our sights high," Klopp said. "But you could also see that that can lead to tension."



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