Report: Leverkusen 3 Bayern 1

first_imgBayer Leverkusen came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 and land another damaging blow against the champions’ Bundesliga title defence.Ex-Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz did his former club a huge favour despite Leon Goretzka giving Bayern a 41st-minute lead.Leon Bailey launched a fabulous free-kick into the top-left corner before Kevin Volland and substitute Lucas Alario sealed victory for a vibrant Leverkusen, who move up to seventh in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Instead of being punished for their 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, Dortmund’s lead over Bayern at the summit edges up to seven points.Mats Hummels survived an early penalty shout for handball when he blocked Volland’s shot at close quarters.Leverkusen centre-back Sven Bender required treatment after a pair of brave challenges to deny Robert Lewandowski, but his team fell behind shortly before the interval.Kingsley Coman made the most of the hosts’ high line to charge in on goal. Lukas Hradecky saved but Thomas Muller sent the ball back into the box from the right for Goretzka to head home.Lewandowski thought he had made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time, but a VAR review confirmed he was fractionally offside before stylishly converting Coman’s pass.Bosz’s men made the most of that let-off by restarting on the front foot and Bailey’s wonderful strike brought them level after Coman tripped Volland.Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich scampered towards the same corner to claw Julian Brandt’s 60th-minute volley behind.Coman continued to lead a flagging Bayern challenge and they were clinically sliced apart as Karim Bellarabi crossed for Volland to slot past the advancing Ulreich.James Rodriguez had a close-range header blocked but a late Bayern onslaught never truly materialised before Alario dispatched Brandt’s low cross in the 87th minute.FINALA massive result for the Werkself!!3 great goals and 3 points!#B04FCB | 3-1— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) February 2, 2019What does it mean?Attacking verve, a relentless tempo and a perilously high defensive line – the year Bosz spent contemplating his Dortmund exit has not shaken his principles on the evidence of this thrilling Leverkusen display. Bayern must now make up seven points over the remaining 14 games, with the Bundesliga title slipping a little more from their once-firm gasp.Brilliant Bailey back in the grooveLeverkusen winger Bailey established himself as one of the most sought-after young talents in Europe last season. His absence from January transfer gossip was indicative of a hard slog this term and the 21-year-old had one goal from 25 appearances in all competitions heading into the Bayern match. Hopefully a picture-book goal proves a catalyst as he adapts to an expansive style under Bosz that should suit his talents.Sule fooled on winnerBayern’s defence regularly appeared ill at ease with Leverkusen’s livewire forward line and centre-back Niklas Sule erred badly on the second goal. His decision to leave Volland and launch a desperate lunge on Bellarabi in full flight was flawed in both conception and execution. The Germany international will also not look back on Alario’s goal with any fondness.Key Opta facts- Bayern suffered their fourth league defeat of the season, the same as in the whole of 2017-18.- Efficient: Three of the four Leverkusen shots on target found the back of the net.- David Alaba made his 328th appearance for Bayern in all competitions, drawing level with Uli Hoeneß. What’s next?Bayern travel to Hertha Berlin in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday, 24 hours after Leverkusen take on Heidenheim of 2.Bundesliga in the same competition. read morelast_img read more

Police take over probe into Avant Garde

The vessel was said to have been carrying 816 T-56 weapons and over 200,000 bullets at the time it was seized by the Navy when it entered Sri Lankan waters off Galle. He said that as a result of the complaint the Galle DIG has initiated investigations over the vessel. The police have taken over investigations into the Avant Garde vessel after the Navy filed a complaint in Galle today.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Navy had filed the complaint with the Galle harbour police. Gunasekera said that according to the Navy complaint, the ship did not have authorization to carry weapons and had three foreigners among the 36 member crew.Earlier, yesterday, the Defence Ministry said it had decided to appoint a team to investigate the Avant Garde vessel based on a report submitted by the Navy. (Colombo Gazette) read more