Bayer Leverkusen sealed a stunning 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund to deny the visitors the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Bailey came on for the final 20 minutes with his side 3-2 down and after slottting home the equaliser, the Jamaican winger’s audacious backheel led to Lars Bender heading in Leverkusen’s winner.
It was the first time Dortmund teenager Erling Braut Haaland had failed to score for his new club after hitting eight goals in his first four games. Leverkusen are now fifth while Dortmund stay third. However, Borussia could finish the weekend six points behind Bayern Munich if the defending champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home on Sunday.
The goals flew at the BayArena with three disallowed efforts on top of the two Kevin Volland also scored for Leverkusen. Mats Hummels, Emre Can — who was making his first Dortmund start — and Raphael Guerreiro netted Dortmund’s goals. Former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Can scored a stunning goal to put Dortmund 2-1 up in the first half, curling his shot inside the top corner.
Volland put Leverkusen ahead on 20 minutes by firing home with his second touch, but Hummels equalised almost immediately by heading home a corner. With both teams attacking hard, French forward Moussa Diaby had a goal ruled offside, just before Can’s stunning strike. However, Volland levelled for Leverkusen when he rifled home on 43 minutes. The second-half was just as packed with end-to-end action. A superb goal by Jadon Sancho was cancelled when the video assistant referee spotted a push by Dortmund’s 17-year-old winger Giovanni Reyna in the build-up.
At the other end, Volland hit the post with an hour gone when he managed to get in behind the defence. Dortmund finally went 3-2 up when Achraf Hakimi started a move which released left-back Raphaël Guerreiro, who drove his shot home on 65 minutes.
The scene was set for Bailey, who had a goal disallowed soon after coming on, but was not to be denied. After after sweeping home a goal of his own on 81 minutes, he back-heeled to Dutch midfielder Daley Sinkgraven who crossed for Bender to nod in the winner. There was just 82 seconds between the final two crucial goals.