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Cologne upsets Leipzig 2-1 giving Bayern chance to pull away

BERLIN (AP) – Cologne captain Jonas Hector scored twice for Cologne to upset Leipzig 2-1 and boost its chances of Bundesliga survival on Tuesday. Second-place Leipzig’s defeat gives Bayern Munich a chance to move 10 points clear with a win over Bayer Leverkusen later.

Leipzig dominated the first half in terms of chances and possession but was caught out after the break when Hector – a defender – headed in the opener after Dayot Upamecano left him in too much space at the far post for Jannes Horn’s cross. Amadou Haidara equalized in the 59th, but Hector scored again a minute later, firing inside the right center after playing a one-two with Ondrej Duda, who set him up with his heel. It was the first time the German defender scored twice in a Bundesliga game.

Justin Kluivert hit the side netting in injury time as Leipzig desperately pushed for an equalizer, but Cologne held on for what could be a vital win. Cologne remained second from bottom in an automatic relegation place, behind Hertha Berlin on goal difference and just one point behind Arminia Bielefeld, hosting bottom side Schalke later. Schalke needs at least a draw against Bielefeld to avoid its fourth relegation from the league. Also, later, Eintracht Frankfurt was facing Augsburg.

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