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Pressure mounts on Tuchel as Bayern lose more ground in title race

Bayern Munich failed to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen as they crumbled to a 3-2 defeat to struggling Bochum on Sunday.

Jamal Musiala gave the visitors the lead with his sixth goal of the season (14) but after a lengthy fan protest delayed proceedings, Bochum levelled when Takuma Asano found the bottom corner from Anthony Losilla’s pass (38).

Kevin Stoeger scores a penalty to give Bochum a 3-1 lead over Bayern Munich
Image: Kevin Stoeger scores a penalty to give Bochum a 3-1 lead

Keven Schlotterbeck rose unmarked from Kevin Stoger’s corner to complete the turnaround before the interval (44) – and Stoger himself extended Bochum’s lead from the penalty spot after Dayot Upamecano was sent off for catching Schlotterbeck with an elbow inside the box (85).

Harry Kane set up a grandstand finish with a close-range finish (87) from Manchester United target Mathys Tel’s cross – his 25th Bundesliga goal of the season.

The England striker then sent a header straight at the Bochum goalkeeper during eight minutes of stoppage time as Bayern slumped to a third straight defeat.

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Harry Kane pulls one back for Bayern as they look to launch a late comeback against Bochum

It means Leverkusen’s advantage at the summit remains at eight points after they battled past Heidenheim 2-1 on Saturday to equal a German record by going 32 matches unbeaten in all competitions. The result also moves Bochum up four places to 11th – to ease relegation fears.

What next for under-fire Tuchel?

Takuma Asano celebrates after equalising for Bochum against Bayern Munich
Image: Takuma Asano celebrates after equalising for Bochum

Tuchel knows he is having to weather a storm at present. In torrential conditions, the Bavarians had Upamecano sent off for the second consecutive match after his dismissal in Wednesday’s Champions League loss to Lazio.

Upamecano had started the game as a substitute, but was forced on as a replacement for Noussair Mazraoui.

Jamal Musiala is congratulated by his team-mates after opening the scoring for Bayern Munich at Bochum
Image: Jamal Musiala is congratulated by his team-mates

By then, Bayern had earned a 13th-minute lead with Musiala drilling in from a tight angle but thereafter, Bochum wrestled control and deservedly extended their proud home record to 18 points from their last 25 at the Ruhrstadion.

Kane missed a glorious chance to double Bayern’s lead when he blazed over when put clean through on goal – and the miss was duly punished.

The hosts struck twice before the break with Asano and Schlotterbeck to complete a stunning comeback for the hosts in a game that was repeatedly interrupted, with fans throwing tennis balls on to the pitch in protest at a planned foreign investment in the Bundesliga.

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Jamal Musiala rifles his shot high into the roof of the net to give Bayern Munich a much needed lead over Bochum!

Earlier on Sunday, Michael Gregoritsch’s late equaliser saw Freiburg fight back to draw 3-3 against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Europa-Park Stadion.

Play was halted midway through the second half because of protests from fans – which saw remote-controlled planes flown around the stadium while sweets were thrown onto the pitch behind one of the goals.

When the action resumed, Ansgar Knauff’s second goal of the game had Frankfurt back in front at 3-2 with 20 minutes left, only for Gregoritsch to head in a last-minute equaliser.

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Harry Kane misses a huge chance to double Bayern Munich’s lead as he fires his shot way over the crossbar

LaLiga leaders Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly city neighbours Rayo Vallecano.

Los Blancos, without Jude Bellingham through injury, had taken an early lead through Joselu and looked all set to go eight points clear of Girona, who play at Athletic Bilbao on Monday night.

However, a 27th-minute penalty from Raul de Tomas proved enough for Rayo to earn a derby point in their first match under new boss Inigo Perez.

At the other end of the table, the bottom two sides Granada and Almeria cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw at Los Carmenes.

Marc Pubill had given visitors Almeria a ninth-minute lead, but Myrto Uzuni equalised with 15 minutes left.

In Ligue 1, Mohamed Bamba scored a first-half brace as relegation-battlers Lorient won 3-1 at Strasbourg to move out of the drop zone.

Monaco saw their top-four ambitions dented with a 2-1 home defeat by Toulouse, with Logan Costa’s late goal securing the points for the visitors, who edged further clear of trouble.

A brace from Martin Terrier saw in-form Rennes beat 10-man Clermont 3-1 and continue their climb up the table.

Africa Cup of Nations winner Oumar Diakite marked his return to club action with a goal as Reims drew 1-1 at home against Lens while Montpellier beat Metz 3-0 at Stade de la Mosson.

What’s next?

Bochum travel to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday February 24 in the Bundesliga; kick-off 2.30pm.

On the same day, Bayern host RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 5.30pm.

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