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Leverkusen is on the verge of their first Bundesliga title after Bayern's defeat

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Bayer Leverkusen is on the verge of their first Bundesliga title (Tobias SCHWARZ)

Bayer Leverkusen are just three points away from their first Bundesliga title after a 1-0 win at Union Berlin on Saturday, while Bayern Munich blew a two-goal lead with a 2-3 defeat at Heidenheim.

Bayern were on the right track at half-time thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Serge Gnabry, but conceded three goals in the second half and lost their second game in a row.

Florian Wirtz scored a penalty deep into first-half injury time as Leverkusen had to work hard against 10-man Union in the German capital, extending their unbeaten run to 41 games this season.

Xabi Alonso's side need just three points from their remaining six games to secure their first league title in the club's history.

Bayern, who have a run of 11 consecutive Bundesliga titles, could relinquish their crown to Arsenal next week between the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Union did their best to hold on despite Leverkusen's relentless pressure, but gave way just before half-time when German defender Robin Gosens received a second yellow card after a desperate tackle on Nathan Tella near the penalty area.

After some chaotic scenes on the ensuing free kick, the ball hit Union captain Christopher Trimmel's arm, giving Leverkusen a penalty after a lengthy VAR review.

Wirtz calmly converted the penalty, his third goal in his last two games.

Late in the second half, the news that Bayern were behind in Heidenheim spread to the away fans and left them buzzing.

“Of course the situation is great, but we don’t want to celebrate yet,” said Alonso.

“Maybe we can celebrate something next Sunday. Before that there is a Europa League game (at home against West Ham).

“Nothing has been clarified yet and we have to wait a little longer.”

– Bavaria “drastically punished” –

Bayern were in good form at the start despite missing several regular players with injuries, including captain Manuel Neuer, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman. Coach Thomas Tuchel took a cautious approach to Tuesday's Champions League game at Arsenal.

The ever-reliable Kane, who had yet to miss a single league game this season, opened the scoring after 38 minutes, providing an assist from Gnabry.

Gnabry had seemingly put Bayern on the path to an easy victory with his goal shortly before half-time, but the hosts turned the game around at the start of the second half.

Kevin Sessa and Tim Kleindienst both scored within 90 seconds to level the score and stun the visitors.

Kleindienst struck again with 11 minutes left to secure victory in the first home game against Bayern, a goal that was celebrated 460 kilometers away in Leverkusen.

“We were punished drastically for not being able to maintain our energy,” said Tuchel.

“The way we lost today was too easy. Congratulations to Heidenheim. They turned the game on its head.”

Belgian striker Lois Openda scored a first-half brace as RB Leipzig won 4-1 at Freiburg, pushing Borussia Dortmund into fourth place.

Amadou Haidara opened the scoring after just a minute and Openda scored two more goals before half-time after Freiburg's Lucas Hoeler missed a penalty.

Openda, who joined from Lens last summer, has now scored 21 goals for the league season.

Dortmund can leapfrog Leipzig back into fourth place, the last guaranteed Champions League spot, by avoiding defeat against Stuttgart later on Saturday.

Mainz won 4-0 at home against bottom-placed Darmstadt to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

They have lost just one of their last five games and are five points off the relegation play-off spot.

Cologne also stepped up their bid to avoid relegation by scoring twice in added time to win 2-1 at home against Bochum.

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