Bayern lose to Leipzig as title race takes new twist, Hertha down

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Bayern Munich dramatically handed Borussia Dortmund the chance to take over at the top of the Bundesliga after expected Bayern arrival Konrad Laimer scored in RB Leipzig's 3-1 away win on Saturday.

Serge Gnabry had given Bayern a deserved lead but Laimer, who reports say will move to Bavaria in July, and penalties from Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai sealed a definite Champions League spot for third-placed Leipzig and their first ever win in Munich.

Bayern's first home league loss of the season means Dortmund will re-assume the Bundesliga lead by two points if they win at Bavarian side Augsburg on Sunday, with just one round of matches left next Saturday. Bayern go to mid-table Cologne and Dortmund host Mainz.

Austria midfielder Laimer told Sky: "We didn't start the game well. But we said we have to take our chances and in the end we deserved to win."

Asked if he was moving to Bayern, he smiled: "Let's see. My contract runs out at the end of the season and it's nice here. I don't rule it out."

Bayern have won the last 10 Bundesliga titles but have been inconsistent this term after failing to replace goal machine Robert Lewandowski and sacking coach Julian Nagelsmann in March.

New boss Thomas Tuchel, a former Dortmund coach, has since overseen their exits from the Champions League and German Cup as well as handing the title initiative to Dortmund — last champions in 2012.

Bayern seemed to be cruising at half-time after a majestic team goal which started in their own half and heavily involved the vibrant Thomas Müller. Gnabry netted via the post on 25 minutes.

But like so often this season, Bayern lost their way. Laimer scored on 65 after Nkunku's pass was blocked before the France striker — also set to leave for Chelsea in the close season — converted a spotkick after being fouled by Benjamin Pavard.

Szoboszlai made sure of the win and a sixth Champions League qualification in just seven seasons in the Bundesliga for the Red Bull-backed side after Noussair Mazraoui's handball in the 86th.

"It is not like they played so much better than us. But in the second half we were weak in our buildup play and with some mistakes we welcomed Leipzig back in," Müller said.

"If Bayern aren't top of the league, then there is something wrong."

Dortmund also had the title in their hands before a 1-1 draw at Bochum in late April had given Bayern the advantage.

Bottom side Hertha Berlin were relegated after a video review wiped out a goal and Bochum struck in injury time for a 1-1 away draw, which kept Schalke in the relegation play-off spot.

Hertha were last relegated from the top flight in 2012 before bouncing straight back. But the same feat may be trickier this time with the club dogged by boardroom problems and coach Pal Dardai only in interim charge — his third spell at the club.

The west Berliners, outstripped in recent years by smaller rivals Union Berlin from the east of the city, thought they had found a goal in the first half. Dodi Lukebakio kept his cool to net but a video review decided Stevan Jovetic had committed a foul in the build-up.

Lucas Tousart later headed in a corner on 63 minutes to send the Olympic Stadium wild and leave Bochum fretting.

The visitors left the drama until stoppage time though, Keven Schlotterbeck copying Tousart after bizarrely being left largely free in the area to send Hertha down and push Bochum up to fourth-bottom.

Schalke are third-bottom following Sebastian Polter's late leveller in a 2-2 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, where a video check did not rule out the visitors' equalizer at 1-1 from Daichi Kamada.

VfB Stuttgart, who travel to Mainz on Sunday, are two points behind Schalke in the second automatic relegation berth. Bochum have a point more than Schalke and host Bayer Leverkusen next Saturday.

Werder Bremen are safe after a 1-1 home draw with Cologne.

Leverkusen, chasing a European spot having lost out to Roma in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach in Sunday's late game. But they cannot catch fourth-placed Union, who lost 4-2 at practically-safe Hoffenheim, or fifth-placed Freiburg, 2-0 winners at Wolfsburg on Friday.

Union and Freiburg, both looking for a maiden Champions League berth and level on points, fight it out for the final top-four spot next Saturday when the Berliners host Bremen and Freiburg visit Frankfurt.

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