LEVERKUSEN: Moussa Diaby scored one goal and set up the winner for Florian Wirtz as Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Tuesday (Jan 19) to move into second place in the Bundesliga and snap a four-game winless run this year.
The 21-year-old Frenchman terrorised 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.
He should have added at least one more goal, carving out several good scoring chances with Dortmund struggling to contain the speedy winger and keeper Roman Buerki denying him repeatedly.
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.
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 which moved them into second place on 32 points.
"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," Reus said.
RB Leipzig, in third place on 32, will move back into second place with a win over Union Berlin also on Wednesday.