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Bayern held as Leipzig book Champs League

dpa logodpa 15/04/2017

Bayern Munich couldn't score against a 10-man Beyer Leverkusen side but it was a banner day for Leipzig who sealed their Champions League qualification.

RB Leipzig trounced Freiburg 4-0 to move within eight points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich who failed to take their chances in a goalless draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Promoted Leipzig have now secured a Champions League qualifying place for next season, while Hoffenheim stayed third in a 5-3 defeat of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund overcame Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 in a game played amid heightened security following Tuesday's bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus.

At the bottom end of the table, Augsburg and Mainz both ended negative series with victories - Augsburg beating Cologne 2-1 while having two players dismissed late on, and Mainz edging Hertha Berlin 1-0 - while Wolfsburg defeated fellow strugglers Ingolstadt 3-0.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti made five changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League, resting Franck Ribery and leaving Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso and Arjen Robben initially on the bench.

They created a series of chances but could not take advantage of a sending off for Leverkusen's Tin Jedvaj following a second booking on the hour - perhaps missing suspended striker Robert Lewandowski for the killer touch.

Bayern move to 69 points, with Leipzig on 61 now assured at least fourth place and a Champions League qualifying spot.

A seven-point lead over Hoffenheim also gives them high hopes of a top-three place and direct qualification into the group stage.

Leipzig's win over Freiburg was their fourth in a row, with Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner, Naby Keita and Diego Demme on target.

"I'm very satisfied with the game," Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl said.

"We were well prepared for a difficult game and solved things very well. After the third goal we took the pace out of the game a bit, but we saw also in the second half that Freiburg can play."

In Dortmund, the home side in their first league game since Tuesday's bomb attack were quickly into their stride and Marco Reus - back after some six weeks out with a thigh injury - scored after six minutes with a neat back heel from Christian Pulisic's pass.

Frankfurt levelled just before the half hour with a superb 25-metre drive into the top corner by Marco Fabian, matched six minutes later by a piledriver from Sokratis Papastathopoulos to put Dortmund back in front.

Borussia made sure of the points four minutes from time when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished a counter-attack, taking a pass from Ousmane Dembele to chip keeper Lukas Hradecky for his 26th league goal of the season.

"I was very satisfied with the first half; we had a good atmosphere and a lot of intensity in the game," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.

"We played bravely, we found space and created chances. It was an extraordinary performance of character by my team. It was a great afternoon for us."

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