2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Moussa Diaby (14')
  • Florian Wirtz (80')
  • Julian Brandt (67')

Bayer Leverkusen's Diaby devastating in win over Borussia Dortmund

Leverkusen into 2nd as Dortmund's struggles persist (1:39)

Florian Wirtz nets the late winner for Bayer Leverkusen as Borussia Dortmund stumble again in the Bundesliga. (1:39)

Moussa Diaby scored one goal and set up the winner for Florian Wirtz as Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Tuesday to move into second place in the Bundesliga and snap a four-game winless run this year.

The 21-year-old Frenchman was devastating against the Dortmund defence throughout a one-sided first half when he fired the hosts in front, finishing off a quick break in the 14th minute.

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He should have added at least one more goal, carving out several good scoring chances.

Dortmund's attack briefly sprung to life after the break and Julian Brandt curled in an equaliser in the 67th minute before Jadon Sancho fired narrowly wide a little later.

But Leverkusen rebounded, with Diaby launching another quick move and setting up Wirtz for the winner in the 80th to earn their first win in five league games and move into second place on 32 points. Dortmund are fourth on 29.

"This win was very crucial for us," said Leverkusen's Lars Bender. "After the equaliser we had to overcome some difficult moments and had a bit of luck as well. But we had lots of counter-attacks and luckily scored the winner with one of them."

Dortmund's title hopes suffered a serious blow and the Ruhr valley club have now won just three of their last nine games.

Dortmund are fourth on 29 points and will be 10 behind leaders Bayern Munich if the champions beat Augsburg on Wednesday.

"It was a very disappointing evening for us because we wanted after Saturday's [draw] against Mainz to beat a direct rival," Dortmund captain Marco Reus said.

"The issue of the league title did not play any relevant role before nor after the game."

Leaders Bayern Munich, on 36, travel to Augsburg on Wednesday. RB Leipzig, in third place also on 32, host Union Berlin.

German Bundesliga Standings

1 Bayern Munich 24 +37 55
2 RB Leipzig 24 +26 53
3 VfL Wolfsburg 24 +17 45
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 +14 43
5 Bayer Leverkusen 24 +16 40
6 Borussia Dortmund 24 +15 39
7 FC Union Berlin 24 +10 35
8 SC Freiburg 24 -1 34
9 VfB Stuttgart 24 +8 33
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 24 +3 33
11 TSG Hoffenheim 24 -2 30
12 Werder Bremen 23 -6 27
13 FC Augsburg 24 -13 26
14 FC Cologne 24 -20 22
15 Hertha Berlin 24 -15 21
16 Arminia Bielefeld 23 -23 19
17 Mainz 24 -21 18
18 Schalke 04 24 -45 10