Harry Kane to the rescue again as Bayern snaps 3-game losing streak

BERLIN (AP) — Harry Kane to the rescue again.

The England forward scored twice for Bayern Munich to beat Leipzig 2-1 in the Bundesliga and snap its three-game losing streak across all competitions on Saturday.

Kane secured three points for the Bavarian powerhouse by scoring in the first minute of stoppage time, taking his tally to 27 goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern.

Victory in Bayern’s 1,000 home match in the Bundesliga kept it eight points behind leader Bayer Leverkusen with 11 rounds remaining.

Bayern had previously lost 3-0 at Leverkusen, then 1-0 at Lazio in the Champions League, before Bochum came from behind to win 3-2 in the Bundesliga last weekend.

It prompted the club to announce on Wednesday that coach Thomas Tuchel would leave at the end of the season.

Tuchel found a metal box to sit on during the first half, and the Bayern coach went looking for it after the break so he could sit on it in the second half, too.

Amadou Haidara forced a save from Bayern’s Manuel Neuer before Mohamed Simakan went close for Leipzig as the visitors displayed more ambition in the second half.

But then Kane struck after a good run from Jamal Musiala on a counterattack in the 56th.

Neuer stopped Benjamin Šeško in a one-on-one in the 61st, but couldn’t stop the Slovenian scoring in the 70th when he was deceived by Leon Goretzka’s deflection.

Kane had the final say.


Last-place Darmstadt had two late goals ruled out by VAR and conceded an own-goal as it was held 1-1 at Werder Bremen.

Tim Skarke thought he’d won the game in the seventh minute of injury time for Darmstadt, but the goal was ruled out as the ball had hit his arm from Bremen goalkeeper Michael Zetterer’s attempted clearance.

Skarke had another goal ruled out for offside in the 78th, and Christoph Zimmermann’s own-goal in the eighth minute gave Bremen a share of the points.

Third-place Stuttgart was held 1-1 by visiting Cologne. It was still six points ahead of Borussia Dortmund before Dortmund plays Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Union Berlin and promoted Heidenheim also drew, 2-2, earning a point in their fight against relegation.

Nikola Dovedan fired Heidenheim ahead with a cool finish in the third minute, but Union struck back with two quick-fire goals before the break. Robin Gosens equalized in the 44th, three minutes before András Schäfer’s shot took a decisive deflection off Brenden Aaronson’s back to go inside the right post.

Jan-Niklas Beste finished off a counterattack with a lob over Union goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow to equalize in the 71st, but the Heidenheim forward had to immediately go off with what looked like a hamstring injury.

Union had won its previous four games at home, while Heidenheim is now unbeaten in five games.

Also, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Bochum 5-2.


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Ciarán Fahey, The Associated Press