Bayern surrender two-goal lead

- Agence France-Presse, BERLIN

Oct 3, 2017-

Bayern Munich again surrendered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin on Sunday in their first match since Carlo Ancelotti’s shock sacking, slipping to five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. 

With Willy Sagnol in temporary charge after Ancelotti’s dismissal on Thursday, Bayern went 2-0 up at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium with goals from Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski. But Berlin roared back with two goals inside five minutes from Ondrej Duda and Salomon Kalou to share the spoils. “That’s a bit annoying for us,” said Sagnol, whose team nonetheless moved up to second. “We have to play with more concentration and discipline.” 

Bayern threw away a two-goal lead for the second league game in a row after being held 2-2 at home to Wolfsburg ten days ago. Ancelotti was dismissed after 15 months in the wake of Bayern’s 3-0 drubbing at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann and ex-Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel are among the favourites to take over permanently. 

Sagnol responded to Ancelotti’s sacking by starting forwards Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Lewandowski. The quartet had all criticised the club in recent weeks, playing a role in undermining Ancelotti’s authority. 

RB Leipzig went fourth, just a point behind Bayern, on Sunday night with a 2-1 win at bottom side Cologne thanks to goals by Lukas Klostermann and Yussuf Poulsen. Japan striker Yuyu Osako scored a late consolation goal for Cologne, who have one point from their first seven games. Hoffenheim crashed to their first defeat of the season with a shock 3-2 loss at strugglers Freiburg. Hoffenheim dropped to third, but level with Bayern on 14 points. 

Dortmund ground out a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday, even though star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandered a second-half penalty.

Published: 03-10-2017 08:56

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