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Bundesliga roundup: Players make stand against racism as top two win

Bundesliga roundup: Players make stand against racism as top two win
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Bayern Munich win at Bayer Leverkusen while Borussia Dortmund edge out Hertha Berlin.

Bayern Munich moved closer to an eighth successive Bundesliga title and joined a number of clubs in demonstrating their support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday afternoon.

Players from the Bavarian club wore T-shirts saying 'Rot Gegen Rassismus' which translates to 'Red Against Racism' as they warmed up prior to a 4-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bayern players also wore armbands with the message 'Black Lives Matter' during the game, where goals for Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski handed them victory at the BayArena.

Lucas Alario gave the hosts a ninth minute lead before Bayern put their foot on the gas, with the hosts' 17-year-old Florian Wirtz pulling one back in the closing stages.

A 10th successive victory in all competitions keeps Bayern seven points clear at the top of the standings ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 in a match where players from both sides knelt together around the centre circle before the match.

Dortmund players also warmed up for the encounter with T-shirts saying 'No Justice, No Peace' and 'United Together'.

The German Football Association (DFB) announced earlier this week it would not penalise anyone campaigning against racism in the "coming match days" after several players last week paid tribute to George Floyd.

Floyd, an African-American, was killed in Minneapolis last week after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck while in custody. Floyd's death has sparked protests across the United States and the rest of the world.

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England and Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho was among those who paid tribute to Floyd last week and he started against Hertha at Signal Iduna Park, where Emre Can's 57th-minute goal was all that separated the sides.

RB Leipzig remain third but fell four points behind Dortmund after Christian Strohdiek's last-gasp effort secured a 1-1 draw for rock-bottom Paderborn.

Timo Werner, who is close to completing a deal to join Premier League side Chelsea, teed up Patrik Schick to open the scoring after 27 minutes but Dayot Upamecano saw red just before half-time for Leipzig.

It seemed the hosts would prevail with 10 men but Strohdiek struck two minutes into added-on time to earn Paderborn a point.

Rouwen Hennings scored in each half to secure a 2-2 draw for Fortuna Dusseldorf at home to 10-man Hoffenheim.

The visitors fell behind and were then a man down after captain Benjamin Huebner was sent off inside the opening 10 minutes but Moanes Dabbur levelled shortly afterwards, then Steven Zuber put them ahead after the hour mark.

With 14 minutes remaining, Hennings scored a penalty as the sides settled for an entertaining draw.

Goals in the 43rd and 77th minutes from Moussa Niakhate and substitute Pierre Kunde respectively sealed a 2-0 win for Mainz at local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt – a success which improves the visitors' survival hopes.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBayern MunichBayern342644100326882
2Borussia DortmundDortmund34216784414369
3RB Leipzig341812481374466
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach34205966402665
5Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen35197962451764
6Hoffenheim34157125353052
7Wolfsburg341310114846249
8Freiburg34139124847148
9Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt34136155960-145
10Hertha Berlin34118154859-1141
11Union BerlinUnion Berlin34125174158-1741
12Schalke 04Schalke35913133959-2040
13Augsburg35109164663-1739
14Mainz 0535114204466-2237
15FC Koln34106185169-1836
16Werder Bremen3487194269-2731
RFortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf34612163667-3130
RSC PaderbornSC Paderborn3448223774-3720

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