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Below-par Bayern fall to new leaders Hertha

Bayern missed a golden opportunity to go top of the Bundesliga for the first time this term after coming unstuck against Hertha Berlin’s obdurate, disciplined defending punctuated by incisive counter-attacks on Saturday. The home side’s 2-1 victory sends them to the top of the standings instead, with Bayern slipping to third a couple of points back.

The 74,228 full house at the Berlin Olympic stadium saw Andrey Voronin, on loan to Hertha from Liverpool, break the deadlock on 38 minutes with the only clear-cut chance of a dour first half.

Bayern found themselves a goal down for the fifth league game in a row, but the Bavarians have become comeback specialists this term and Miroslav Klose duly netted his ninth of the season to level the scores on the hour.

FCB piled on the pressure but all the good work was undone after 77 minutes when Voronin slotted home on the break, condemning the champions to a fourth Bundesliga defeat of the season.