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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

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.

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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.