FRANKFURT: The German Bundesliga title race will go to the last day next weekend after champions Bayern were held to a controversial goalless draw at RB Leipzig.
Niko Kovac’s side thought they had made a crucial breakthrough at the Red Bull Arena early in the second half through Leon Goretzka but the goal was ruled out after VAR indicated a narrow offisde against Robert Lewandowski.
Borussia Dortmund, having to defeat Fortuna Dusseldorf, duly maintaine title hope with a a 3-2 victory.
American Christian Pulisic, who is set to join Chelsea in the summer, put the home side in front with a close-range header in the 41st minute. Pulisic was given an emotional send off by the club and the Dortmund supporters.
Oliver Fink equalised two minutes into the second half when he headed in from a corner. Thomas Delaney restored Dortmund’s lead on 53 minutes.
Dusseldorf were awarded a penalty three minutes later after a VAR review for a foul by goalkeeper Marwin Hitz on Dodi Lukebakio but the forward dragged his spot-kick wide.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Adam Bodzek was shown a red card for a high tackle on Jadon Sancho in the 82nd minute before Mario Gotze added Dortmund’s third goal in stoppage time.
Dawid Kownacki then set up a tense finale when he fired in a second goal for Dusseldorf.
Kovac , expects the Bavarians to beat his former club Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday to clinch the title at home for the first time since 2000. Dortmund will conclude their campaign away to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Hannover beat Freiburg 3-0 but were still relegated from the Bundesliga while Stuttgart will play in the relegation playoff after seeing off Wolfsburg 3-0.
In Holland . . .
Robin van Persie will hang up his boots after an 18-year career today when he plays his last game for Feyenoord, against ADO Den Haag in Rotterdam. “The goal was go out with honour because football is my passion,” the 35-year-old said yesterday.
Van Persie’s 50 goals in 102 international appearances make him the top goalscorer for Holland, added to club achievements, which include winning the FA Cup with Arsenal and the Premier League with Manchester United. He also played in Turkey before returning to his first professional club to see out his career, announcing he would quit a year ago.
In Spain . . .
Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane dismissed speculation concerning Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba in the build-up to their penultimate La Liga game of the season at Real Sociedad.
Zidane told a press conference: “I don’t want to answer that [question about Bale]because I’m the Real Madrid coach and he’s just doing his job. I need to be thinking about tomorrow’s game and us performing well. We’ve had a good week of preparations and what I’m concerned about is that we have a good game to be involved in.”
On Pogba, Zidane replied: “Every coach and football lover likes good players. He’s a Manchester United player and I’m not going to discuss signings with you..”
In Italy . . .
A rare Hakan Calhanoglu goal gave AC Milan a 1-0 win at mid-table Fiorentina in Serie A to keep them in the hunt for a Champions League place.
The Turkish midfielder met Suso’s cross with a glancing header to break the deadlock in the 36th minute and leave Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella waiting for his first win since taking charge one month ago. Milan, needing a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League, are fifth with 62 points, one behind Inter Milan, who play tomorrow when they host relegated Chievo. Third-placed Atalanta have 65 points after beating Genoa 2-1.