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Bayern Munich chief fumes as “joke of the year” gives Dortmund hope in Bundesliga title race

By William Eldridge

Published: 20:07, 11 May 2019 | Updated: 16:56, 14 September 2021

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß has been left fuming at the “joke of the year” after his side’s disallowed goal against RB Leipzig. 

The German giants drew 0-0 with Leipzig which denied the reigning Bundesliga champions the chance to secure their seventh consecutive league title with one game left to play.

A second-half strike from Leon Goretzka was ruled out by VAR, meaning Bayern remain just two points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund with 90 minutes of the league season left to play.

The goal was disallowed after centre-forward Robert Lewandowski was ruled to have been in an offside position as Goretzka volleyed his effort past the reach of Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Bayern president Hoeneß vented his fury at the decision, claiming that the VAR call should win “joke of the year”.

Hoeneß said: “The so-called offside is the joke of the year, it was not a clear wrong decision, the VAR is there to correct clear wrong decisions.”

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The draw means that the Bundesliga title-race will go right to the wire after a last-minute goal from Mario Gotze helped secure Borussia Dortmund a vital 3-2 win at home against Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Bayern are top with 75 points with Dortmund close behind on 73 points. Bayern can secure the title with a win against Europa League finalists Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday.

Dortmund face a much tougher task on the final day, travelling to fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach. However, Lucien Favre knows a defeat for Bayern will allow his side the chance to secure a first Bundesliga title since 2012.