European football: Bayern Munich stunned by Weiser’s winner for Bremen | European club football

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  • Bundesliga champions seven points adrift of leaders
  • Real Madrid come from behind to snatch win over Almería


Sun 21 Jan 2024 19.54 CET

Bayern Munich slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Werder Bremen on Sunday after a Mitchell Weiser goal to stay seven points adrift of the leaders, Bayer Leverkusen, in the Bundesliga title race.

It was Werder’s first victory in Munich since 2008 and the champions’ second league loss of the campaign as Bayern failed to score in a home league game for the first time since February 2020, ending a run of 65 consecutive home games with at least one goal.

The result leaves them on 41 points in second place with a game in hand. Leverkusen are on 48 after their last-gasp 3-2 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday. VfB Stuttgart are in third place on 34.

The hosts, who face Union Berlin in their postponed league game on Wednesday, looked far from fresh after a short training camp in Portugal earlier this week. They had possession but struggled throughout to break down a disciplined Werder backline.

Werder also put the ball in the net with a quick 25th-minute break only for Justin Njinmah’s effort to be disallowed for a foul at the start of the move.

The former Bayern player Weiser, however, did open the scoring in the 59th minute, charging into the box, then shaking off Alphonso Davies and firing an unstoppable shot past keeper Manuel Neuer.

The hosts then poured forward but had no clear plan with their top scorer, Harry Kane, missing the target with a close-range header in the 72nd minute. The Werder keeper Michael Zetterer then palmed a Leroy Sané shot wide in the 79th before tipping the ball away from Kane’s head a little later.

Bayern’s substitutes Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting and Mathys Tel also had their share of chances but Zetterer stood firm as the visitors held on to secure the win.

Ajax’s Jordan Henderson takes pictures before watching his new team play RKC Waalwijk at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images

In the Netherlands, Jordan Henderson was in attendance as his new team, Ajax, hosted RKC Waalwijk. The home side won 4-1, leaving Ajax fifth in the Eredivisie, three points behind fourth-placed Alkmaar. PSV Eindhoven remain 10 points clear at the top.

In Spain, a Dani Carvajal strike in the ninth-minute of stoppage time rescued Real Madrid, earning them a 3-2 comeback win at home against the bottom side, Almería, on Sunday in a frantic La Liga tussle that was marked by VAR controversy. Real climbed to the top of the standings on 51 points, two ahead Girona who host Sevilla later on Sunday.

Almería, who remained winless after 21 league matches this season, grabbed a two-goal lead with a quick strike from Largie Ramazani inside the first minute and a brilliant volley from distance by Edgar González in a dismal first half for Real Madrid who didn’t record a single shot on target.

A visibly frustrated Real manager Carlo Ancelotti made three changes to start the second half that added impetus to his side. With Vinícius Júnior and Jude Bellingham applying the pressure, Real reduced the deficit in the 56th minute with a Bellingham penalty awarded for a debatable handball after a lengthy VAR check.

However, Almería had a Sergio Arribas effort from a counterattack ruled out a little later after another long VAR check. The referee, Francisco Maeso, ruled there was an infringement in the build-up when the Almería midfielder Dion Lopy was harshly adjudged to have fouled Bellingham when he caught him in the face as he attempted to get his balance.

Five minutes later, Maeso first ruled out Real Madrid’s equaliser for a Vinícius Júnior handball before awarding the goal after deciding it was off the shoulder following another VAR review. The decision left Almeria’s players and manager, Asier Garitano, fuming. Bellingham also had a goal ruled out for a controversial offside in the buildup.

Nine minutes into added time, after a few near misses and a red card for Garitano for complaining to the referee, Bellingham worked his magic inside a crowded box to lift a cross to Carvajal who tapped in the winner at the far post. “Today we were robbed,” Almería’s Gonzalo Melero told Dazn.

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