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Dortmund struggle past Stuttgart but Bayern go top

Dortmund struggle past Stuttgart but Bayern go top

Champions Bayern Munich went top of the table for the first time since September, ahead on goal difference of Borussia Dortmund, following the 6-0 demolition of VfL Wolfsburg.

Saul scored the only goal of the game in Atletico Madrid's meeting with Leganes.

Elsewhere, late goals from Paco Alcacer and Christian Pulisic gave Borussia Dortmund a nervy 3-1 victory over struggling VfB Stuttgart on Saturday but they handed over the lead to champions Bayern Munich, who went ahead on goal difference.

Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller were all in the starting lineup of Bayern on Saturday, only days after they were dropped from the national team. Goals from Joshua Kimmich and Lewandowski completed their rout. The Poland worldwide added a late second to take his Bundesliga tally to 197 goals.

Marco Reus broke the deadlock for Dortmund in the 62nd minute from the penalty spot and Marc-Oliver Kempf equalised for the visitors.

The trio have since vented their frustration over coach Joachim Loew's decision but they will be more motivated now, said Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.

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The winger has now scored seven Bundesliga goals this season - also hitting a double in the DFB-Pokal last month - and it is easy to see why Bayern wanted to secure his long-term future.

"They parked a huge bus (in front of goal) - it was hard to find the holes", complained Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.

But all the momentum is with Bayern after its 12th win from 13 league games, while Dortmund - which had a nine-point lead - has only two wins from its last six.

"We tried everything and managed it, we ran a lot and defended a lot, but all in all, the win was deserved".

Third placed Leipzig played out a goalless stalemate with Augsburg, and Borussia Monchengladbach returned to winning ways after beating Mainz 1-0.


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