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Looking Around the League: Bayern Munich and Leverkusen Drop Points

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Lots of the Bundesliga’s best teams dropped points to teams fighting to stay in the league

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

We’re introducing a new regular feature to the site, where we will do a roundup of the weekend’s Bundesliga action. We’ll cover the results and standings after the weekend’s games have concluded, and we’ll highlight some of the best moments and interesting talking points from the latest round of the Bundesliga.

This week’s roundup can serve as a pleasant reminder that everyone is struggling to get results, and that, despite Borussia Dortmund’s poor run of form, they’re somehow still in with a real shot of qualifying for the Champions League.

Results

Here are the results from Round 21 of the Bundesliga season, which is going very well and totally as expected:

RB Leipzig 2-1 Augsburg

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Hoffenheim

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Mainz

Werder Bremen 0-0 SC Freiburg

VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Hertha Berlin

Union Berlin 0-0 Schalke

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 FC Koln

Wolfsburg 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern Munich 3-3 Arminia Bielefeld

Standings

No One Likes a Winner

BVB weren’t the only team to stumble their way through the latest Bundesliga fixtures. Bayer Leverkusen dropped points against Mainz, in a chaotic 2-2 draw. Leverkusen were leading 2-0 going into the final minutes of the game, but Mainz managed to find two late goals and spoil Peter Bosz’s day. The second goal, scored by Kevin Stoger in the 92nd minute, came as a result of a Sven Bender howler. He attempted to intercept a cross in the box, and instead laid it up perfectly for Stoger to bury it.

With many of the teams near the top of the table failing to claim all three points, this was an opportunity for Bayern Munich, who played on Monday evening, to put even more distance between them and the rest of the pack. They managed to fluff their lines, drawing 3-3 with relegation contenders Arminia Bielefeld. They were lucky to get anything out of this game, as Bielefeld spent most of the game in the lead.

In fact, the only teams around Borussia Dortmund that were able to claim all three points were Frankfurt and RB Leipzig. The fight for the top four is still wide open. Bayern Munich, and to some extent RB Leipzig, are putting significant distance between themselves and the rest of the pack, but beyond that, everyone from 3rd to 7th is definitely still in the race, and 8th and 9th might feel they’re still fighting for those spots too.

Football is weird. Everything is weird. Borussia Dortmund have been terrible and are still well in the fight for top four.

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