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A matter of time

Relentless Reds closer than ever to top spot

Five minutes from the end of Saturday’s Bundesliga encounter, and with Mario Gomez advancing alone on Borussia Dortmund keeper Marc Ziegler, the Bayern faithful leapt from their seats: a goal now, and their heroes would be top of the table at last. But the centre-forward felt fellow striker Ivica Olic, who had just come on as a sub, needed the goal more than him, and passed towards his team-mate’s feet. However, Olic had not been expecting the ball, and the chance went begging. The score remained unchanged, and FCB ended up beating BVB 3-1, almost as if Louis van Gaal’s men were enjoying the idea of delaying for a little while longer the moment when they returned to the top of the pile. With 22 matches played, Bayern are now just a single goal behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

“I might have been a bit too nice,” Gomez admitted afterwards. “I was sure it would be a goal. If I’d gone for it myself, the keeper might still have saved it, which is why I passed. But Ivi never expected it, so it all backfired.” The fans will have to wait a little while longer before their team goes top of the pile.

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