Leverkusen collapses in 5-2 loss at Frankfurt in Bundesliga

December 12, 2021 GMT
Frankfurt's Kristijan Jakic celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen at the Deutsche Bank Park, in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
Frankfurt's Kristijan Jakic celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen at the Deutsche Bank Park, in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
Frankfurt's Kristijan Jakic celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen at the Deutsche Bank Park, in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
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Frankfurt's Kristijan Jakic celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen at the Deutsche Bank Park, in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
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Frankfurt's Kristijan Jakic celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen at the Deutsche Bank Park, in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen threw away a two-goal lead to lose 5-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday and miss the chance to put pressure on the Bundesliga leaders.

Leverkusen’s defeat is another boost to table-topping Bayern Munich, which extended its lead to six points Saturday when it beat Mainz and second-place Borussia Dortmund drew at Bochum.

Two early goals from Patrick Schick briefly seemed to have put Leverkusen in control but Brazilian defender Tuta soon responded with a volleyed goal for Frankfurt before Jesper Lindstrom equalized on a counterattack.

Evan Ndicka gave Frankfurt the lead for the first time in the 50th minute on a rebound before Kristijan Jakic and Djibril Sow extended Frankfurt’s lead.

Leverkusen stays third after missing a chance to move to within a point of Dortmund, while Frankfurt rises three places to ninth.

FÜRTH BEATS UNION

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Promoted Greuther Fürth finally achieved a historic win in the Bundesliga, but no fans were there to see it.

Norwegian striker Havard Nielsen’s goal was enough for Fürth to beat Union Berlin 1-0 for its first win of the season, though Fürth stays last. It was also the club’s first-ever home win in the top division after failing to win any of its home games in its only previous Bundesliga season in 2012-13.

Cheers from club staff echoed around the stadium after Nielsen’s deflected shot during a scramble in the box in the 56th. Fürth’s home state of Bavaria ruled last week to bar fans from sports events after a rise in coronavirus cases. Union stays sixth.

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