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Top three stumble

FCB can go second with win over Dortmund

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spent his Saturday afternoon commenting on the Bundesliga programme as a studio expert for Premiere TV. By about 5.20 pm, the Bayern chairman’s face had acquired a broad smile, as all FCB’s chief title rivals dropped points.

Leaders Hoffenheim required a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to bottom club Borussia Mönchengladbach, after future Bayern starlet Alexander Baumjohann fired the home side in front. Hamburg led 2-0 away to 16th-placed Karlsruhe, but lost 3-2 with the last kick of the match. And on Friday evening, Hertha BSC were forced to make do with a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld.

With the three clubs ahead of them in the standings before the weekend all failing to win, the door has opened for Bayern to claim second place and move within a point of the leaders. That requires victory at the Allianz Arena in Sunday’s re-run of last year’s DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund (Live in English from 4.45 pm on Web Radio). “Our rivals have set it up nicely for us. We have to accept the chance and beat Dortmund,” Rummenigge summarised.