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Alcácer late show takes Dortmund top as Bayern held at Freiburg | Football


Borussia Dortmund climbed back to the top of the Bundesliga after late drama in their match with Wolfsburg as Freiburg held Bayern Munich to a surprise draw.

Paco Alcácer’s two goals in Dortmund’s 2-0 win, the first a fiercely struck free-kick, the second scored on the counter after Jadon Sancho’s pass, did not arrive until the 91st and 94th minutes, just when it appeared Lucien Favre’s team would not be able to capitalise on Bayern’s slip-up.

Bayern began poorly at Freiburg, and conceded a goal from striker Lucas Höler in the third minute, and it took a combination of Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng making a goalline clearance to prevent a second for 12th-placed Freiburg.

When Robert Lewandowski scored a superbly executed volley to make it 1-1 in the 22nd minute, it appeared the serial champions had resumed normal service but the Polish forward was guilty of missing a free header in the 88th minute. A minute later, Leon Goretzka struck the foot of a post and the winner did not arrive.

In La Liga, Lionel Messi reached 40 club goals for the eighth season in succession when scoring both in Barcelona’s 2-0 derby defeat of Espanyol on his 675th appearance for the club, taking him above Andrés Iniesta on the all-time list. Only Xavi, on 767, has now played more matches for the club.

The Argentinian, who withdrew from a friendly against Morocco on Tuesday because of a groin problem, lofted home a free-kick after 71 minutes and then slotted in from substitute Malcom’s cross.

Despite only three places between them in the table, second-placed Atlético Madrid made short work of Alavés in the Basque country. Saúl Ñiguez opened the scoring after only five minutes, followed swiftly by Diego Costa. Álvaro Morata and Thomas Partey scored in the second half to keep them 10 points behind Barça. Elsewhere, fourth-placed Getafe suffered a surprise 2-0 home loss to Leganés, while Celta Vigo boosted their hopes of survival as a 3-2 victory over Villarreal narrowed the gap between the clubs to one point.

Moise Kean scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute to give Juventus a 1-0 win over lowly Empoli after the runaway Serie A leaders had been jeered off at half-time.

Juventus, missing Cristiano Ronaldo after he suffered a thigh injury in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Serbia on Monday and Paulo Dybala after he pulled up during the warm-up, struggled to break down the visitors until Kean struck in the 72nd minute.

Mario Mandzukic headed into the path of Kean, 19, who fired past Bartlomiej Dragowski. Empoli had enjoyed the better of the first half, angering the home crowd, and Rade Krunic was twice close to giving them a shock lead.

Juventus have 78 points, 18 clear of second-placed Napoli who visit Roma on Sunday. Empoli are 17th, one point and one place above the relegation zone.



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