Jürgen Klinsmann’s debut as Hertha Berlin coach ended in defeat as 10-man Borussia Dortmund held on for a 2-1 win. Early goals from Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard were enough to ease the pressure on Lucien Favre with his team’s first win in four games in all competitions.
Klinsmann, the former Germany, US and Bayern Munich coach, was hired by Hertha on Wednesday to replace Ante Covic but he could not prevent a fifth straight league defeat.
He said: “It’s annoying, of course. We’d have taken a point at least. But generally I’m very satisfied with the team. They gave all that they have at the moment. We were hoping for more.”
Dortmund’s first win in three league games lifted them to fifth on 23 points while Hertha dropped to a relegation play-off spot on 11.
Leipzig moved to the top of the table with a 3-2 win at Paderborn. The result appeared to be decided early with Patrik Schick and Marcel Sabitzer scoring in the third and fourth minutes. Timo Werner added another in the 26th but Streli Mamba and Klaus Gjasula scored in the second half for Paderborn to set up an unexpectedly exciting finale.
Bayern Munich lost 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen, their first defeat under their interim coach, Hansi Flick. Leon Bailey scored twice to end Flick’s four-game unbeaten run and deny the seven-time defending champions the chance to join Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga.
Bailey’s opening goal after 10 minutes was the first they had conceded since Niko Kovac was sacked four weeks ago. Thomas Müller pulled one back in the 34th minute but Bailey replied with his second on a counterattack 60 seconds later.
Robert Lewandowski struck the underside of the crossbar in injury time. It was the second consecutive Bundesliga game in which the Poland international failed to score after grabbing goals in each of the first 11 matches.
Real Madrid earned a spirited 2-1 win at Alavés with a scrappy late goal from the defender Dani Carvajal. Real’s captain, Sergio Ramos, put the visitors in front by heading home a Toni Kroos free-kick after 52 minutes but gave away a penalty from which Lucas Pérez levelled in the 65th.
Real demonstrated their new-found grit to retake the lead four minutes later. Isco pounced to head a Luka Modric cross against the post and the ball trickled across to Carvajal, who bundled it in from close range.
Alavés threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser but Real stood firm, with Marcelo blocking a goal-bound shot and the goalkeeper Alphonse Areola stopping an effort from the hosts’ captain, Manu García, in the eight minutes of added time.
That put Real on top of La Liga, for a few hours at least, with 31 points from 14 games ahead of Barcelona, who visit their title rivals Atlético Madrid on Sunday.
Alavés, who had lost one of their previous seven home games this season and conceded two goals on their own turf before facing Real, are 13th on 18 points.
Real Sociedad moved up to fourth place in La Liga after a convincing 4-1 home win over the league strugglers Eibar. Robin Le Normand opened the scoring for the hosts after 25 minutes but 10 minutes later Papakouly Diop gave the visitors hope.
Sociedad quickly regained the lead after two minutes of the second half when Mikel Oyarzabal struck. Further goals from Willian José and Martin Odegaard ensured Sociedad’s challenge for the title remained on course.
Two goals from Mario Pasalic helped Atalanta to a convincing 3-0 win in Serie A at Brescia. The Croatian midfielder headed in from close range midway through the first half before adding his second after the break with a neat backheel flick.
Torino were 1-0 winners in Genoa after Bremer struck with a header to the bottom left corner of the goal. Simone Edera was sent off for a second yellow card in the fifth minute of added time but the visitors held on.