Bayern machine firing as German title rival Leipzig falters

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Don’t bet against Bayern Munich.

The Bavarian title-winning machine is back on track and Bundesliga leader Leipzig is suddenly sputtering.

If Bayern does win its eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, then Saturday will likely be seen as a key turning point. It was the day when Leipzig’s winning run was ended 2-0 by Frankfurt and when Bayern routed Schalke 5-0. That left Bayern one point off the top spot.

It wasn’t just a demolition, but also a demonstration of Bayern’s strength in depth, with five different players scoring the goals. Leon Goretzka in particular, scored with a scissor kick and set up chance after chance against his old club. Since the winter break, Bayern has scored
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