Dortmund fail to maintain paceSports | REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 Jan 2021
French winger Moussa Diaby starred with a goal and a assist as Bayer Leverkusen went second in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Diaby's early opener was canceled out by a 67th-minute equalizer from Julian Brandt against his former club.
And Dortmund were left to regret missed chances when Diaby set up a superb goal by 17-year-old midfielder Florian Wirtz 10 minutes from time.
"The second half was an open exchange of blows. but we did well in the end," Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz said.
The away loss was a fresh blow to Dortmund's title hopes, leaving them seven points adrift of Bayern Munich.
"We were not able to keep up the level needed for 90 minutes," Brandt said. "A lot can happen in 17 games," he added, but Dortmund are far from Bayern.
In Spain, Moroccan goalkeeper Bono rescued Sevilla with a 91st-minute penalty save to earn a 2-1 win at Alaves. That took Sevilla up to fourth in La Liga.
Bono dived just right to palm away and then gather a spot-kick from striker Joselu after Sevilla defender Jules Kounde had been penalized for handling the ball.
Sevilla had taken a third-minute lead through Youssef En-Nesyri, but Edgar Mendez leveled in the 12th for Alaves, playing their first league game since Abelardo Fernandez returned as coach to succeed Pablo Machin.
Julen Lopetegui's side restored their lead on the half hour with a strike by Suso.