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Dortmund beat Bayern in Bundesliga clash

By AAP Newswire

Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus helped Borussia Dortmund twice come from behind to defeat champions Bayern Munich 3-2 and retain their advantage at the top of the Bundesliga.

"It looks like a lot, feels like it, too," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said of the seven-point gap after his side's best performance in weeks.

"But in football everything is possible."

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored twice against his former side only for Reus to reply both times, first with a penalty, then with a brilliant volley to Lukasz Piszczek's cross.

Reus missed good chances to score again but Alcacer, who came on with half an hour remaining, scored in the 73rd minute after Axel Witsel split the Bayern defence with a perfect through ball.

The Spaniard stayed cool in front of Manuel Neuer to score his eighth goal in just his sixth league appearance.

Lewandowski, who'd had a goal ruled out for offside, had an injury-time equaliser ruled out by the video assistant referee, again for offside.

Dortmund maintained their four-point lead over second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, who defeated Werder Bremen 3-1 away.

Former Augsburg 'keeper Marwin Hitz made his league debut for Dortmund after regular No.1 Roman Buerki dropped out with a thigh problem.

Bayern made a promising start and Lewandowski broke the deadlock on 26 minutes half with a powerful header to Serge Gnabry's precise cross.

Neuer was adjudged to have brought down Reus early in the second half with the attacker scoring from the resultant penalty on 49 minutes.

Lewandowski grabbed his second minutes later, another header after Joshua Kimmich chipped the ball in.

Reus should have scored again when Jadon Sancho found him completely free, but Kimmich got back with a goal-line clearance for Bayern.

Reus equalised on 67 minutes before Alcacer scored the winnwer on 73 minutes, just four minutes after coming on.

"We have to correct a lot of things. There's a huge amount to improve," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said.

Earlier, Alassane Plea scored a hat-trick for Monchengladbach as they consolidated second place.

French striker Plea grabbed three goals in a 13-minute spell either side of halftime.

Fifth-placed Hoffenheim beat Augsburg 2-1 while Mainz won at Freiburg 3-1 to move into the top half of the table.

Second bottom Fortuna Dusseldorf ended their six-game losing streak in the league with a 4-1 win at home over 10-man Hertha Berlin while bottom side Stuttgart ended Markus Weinzierl's three-game losing start as coach with a 2-0 win at Nurnberg.