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BERLIN---Borussia Dortmund held Bay-
ern Munich to a bad-tempered 1-1 draw
in the Bundesliga on yesterday ahead of
their Champions League final in three
"Whoever thought this would be a
friendly game doesn't know Borussia Dort-
mund," Dortmund chief executive Hans-
Joachim Watzke said. "And they don't know
Bayern Munich either."
Kevin Grosskreutz opened the scoring
for host Dortmund with an impressive vol-
ley in the 11th minute. Nuri Sahin sent the
ball to Jakub Blaszczykowski, who waited
before picking out Grosskreutz's run to the
far post with a precise cross.
Mario Gomez equalized with a header
from Rafinha's cross in the 23rd.
Dortmund had penalty appeals waved
away before that when Ilkay Guendogan
tumbled under Diego Contento's challenge.
Guendogan went off as a precaution with
a thigh problem shortly afterward.
Dortmund did get a penalty when Sahin's
shot struck Jerome Boateng's arm, but
Manuel Neuer saved Robert Lewandowski's
effort on the hour.
Rafinha was sent off for an elbow to
Jakub Blaszczykowski's face in the 64th,
two minutes after the Brazilian earned his
first yellow for a foul on Julian Schieber.
The defender had a heated dispute with
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp as he made
his way off the pitch, with Bayern sports
director Mattias Sammer also getting
"We didn't want anyone to suspect it
was a friendly game," Klopp said. "Mr.
Gagelmann (the referee) asked us to shake
hands. It goes on."
Klopp made five changes to the side that
played Real Madrid on Tuesday, while Jupp
Heynckes changed seven from the side that
beat Barcelona on Wednesday.
Five Bayern players were booked, includ-
ing Rafinha. Bayern had previously only
eight yellow cards all season.
"It was a very intense game where noth-
ing was given away," Heynckes said.
Bayern, which wrapped up the title with
six rounds to go, maintained its 20-point
lead over Dortmund, but can no longer
repeat its 1986-87 season feat of winning
the title with just one loss and without
losing away. The club also failed to extend
its record run of 14 successive Bundesliga
"A game against Dortmund, regardless
of where it is, is never a friendly game.
(It's) a duel of eye-level, 50-50, and it's
what we expect in the Champions League
final," Neuer said.
Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen clinched direct
qualification for next season's Champions
League after winning 2-0 at Nuremberg
to finish third.
Stefan Kiessling wrapped up the win
with a penalty in the 62nd minute to
become Leverkusen's record scorer in a
league campaign with his 23rd goal.
Omer Toprak opened the scoring with
a header from a corner in the 26th for his
first Bundesliga goal.
"We can be damned proud. We're playing
Champions League next year --- that's a
dream," said Kiessling, who passed up the
chance to bring his tally to 24 after earning
another penalty in the 84th. He handed
responsibility to Sidney Sam, who crashed
his spot kick off the post.
Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Fortuna
Duesseldorf 3-1 to consolidate fifth place
and leave the visiting side in danger of fin-
ishing the weekend in the relegation playoff
Hoffenheim substitute Sven Schipplock
scored two late goals to salvage a 2-2 draw
at Werder Bremen, Hannover drew 2-2
with Mainz, and relegated Greuther Fuerth
won 2-0 at Stuttgart.
In Frankfurt, Alexander Meier scored on
the rebound in the 30th, and Srdjan Lakic
headed a corner past Fabian Giefer in the
50th, before Duesseldorf substitute Dani
Schahin shrugged off two defenders and
fired inside the left post in the 78th.
Meier secured the result by curling a
fantastic effort inside the far corner in the
Aaron Hunt opened the scoring in Bre-
men with a coolly taken penalty in the sec-
ond minute, and Kevin de Bruyne made it
2-0 by shooting to the far corner in the
But Schipplock pulled one back in the
85th and snatched an unlikely equalizer in
injury time to give his side slim hope of
avoiding the drop.
"Maybe we thought we were through,"
said Bremen defender Sebastian Proedl
after his side's 11th game without a win.
"It was better than in the last weeks."
Hoffenheim was still second from bot-
tom, two points off the relegation playoff
place occupied by Augsburg, which visits
Freiburg on Sunday. Duesseldorf was level
on points with Augsburg, with Bremen
three points ahead. Just two rounds remain
after this weekend.
PARIS---Marseille beat Bastia 2-1 in the
French league yesterday to postpone Paris
Saint-Germain's title celebrations for at
least another week.
With three rounds left and a six-point
lead in Marseille, PSG cannot clinch the
title this weekend but it has a vastly superior
goal difference to Marseille. PSG hosts
Valenciennes on Sunday.
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored in each half
for Marseille at Stade Velodrome to help
keep the pressure on PSG.
Florian Thauvin leveled for Bastia 53 sec-
onds after the interval as Marseille conceded
its first goal in eight matches.
Marseille dominated and should have
secured the points earlier, with both Lucas
Mendes and Gignac hitting the crossbar.
Bastia had a second-half goal ruled out
for offside from former Marseille striker
Marseille took the lead in the 12th minute
following a brilliant through ball from Math-
ieu Valbuena, which Gignac controlled
before feinting round defender Fethi Harek
and curling a shot into the top left corner
from the edge of the penalty area.
Gignac had been a major doubt for the
match after hurting his ankle in the 1-0
win at Lorient last weekend.
The home side went close again four
minutes later but Mendes headed Valbuena's
corner onto the crossbar.
Bastia goalkeeper Mickael Landreau did
well to keep his side in the game, denying
Marseille should still have gone in at
halftime with a comfortable cushion but
Gignac volleyed Valbuena's cross onto the
crossbar seconds before the end of the first
Marseille has almost mathematically
secured second spot. It is seven points
ahead of third-placed Lyon which travels
to Nancy today.
BARCELONA, Spain---Cristiano Ronaldo headed
in two goals to help Real Madrid come from behind
to beat Valladolid 4-3 yesterday and deny Barcelona
the chance to clinch the Spanish league title this
Madrid's ninth straight home win in league play
reduced Barcelona's lead to eight points, meaning
the Catalan side can't seal the domestic title by
beating Real Betis on Sunday with four rounds still
Elsewhere, Valencia eased to a 4-0 win over nine-
man Osasuna to stay in the hunt for a top-four
finish, while Malaga lost 1-0 at Granada to slip three
points behind Valencia in sixth place.
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho didn't make many
changes from the side that bowed out of the Cham-
pions League semifinals to Borussia Dortmund on
Tuesday, with Ronaldo as usual the focus of his
Valladolid deployed its passing game early on and
went ahead in the eighth minute when forward
Oscar Gonzalez picked off a pass for defender Ricardo
Carvalho and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Diego
Valladolid goalie Jaime Jimenez kept Madrid at
bay until Angel Di Maria cut back and unleashed
a left-footed strike that Valladolid defender Marc
Valiente deflected into his own net in the 26th.
The score even, Madrid pressed the visitors into
their area and Ronaldo hit in the 32nd from a cross
by Di Maria, deftly flicking the ball under Jimenez.
But just when Madrid looked set to romp, Val-
ladolid leveled at 2-2 when Omar Ramos placed a
perfectly weighted pass behind Pepe at the far post
for Javi Guerra to tap in.
After Ronaldo rattled the goalframe with a free
kick, Kaka restored Madrid's advantage four minutes
after halftime by rifling the ball beyond Jimenez
after a pass by Karim Benzema came off a defender
and fell to the Brazil star in the box.
Ronaldo gave Madrid the cushion it needed in
The Portugal forward rose up to meet a Mesut
Ozil's corner kick and drive it into the far corner,
taking his league goal haul to 33 this season, second
only to Barcelona's Lionel Messi with 44.
Valladolid, however, wasn't done and added some
drama to the final moments when midfielder Lluis
Sastre blasted in a beautiful volley from outside the
area three minutes from time.
At Mestalla Stadium, striker Roberto Soldado
scored his 19th goal of the season to open for Valencia
in the 39th, and Ricardo Costa headed in the hosts'
second one minute before halftime.
Dortmund's Neven Subotic of Serbia, right, challenges for the ball with Bayern's Claudio
Pizarro during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia
Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Dortmund draws 1-1 with
Bayern in Bundesliga
Marseille beats Bastia to delay PSG's title party
Ronaldo nets 2
as Madrid delays
MILAN---Chievo Verona is all but certain of playing
Serie A football next season after inching closer to
survival with a goalless draw at home to Cagliari.
Cagliari almost got off to the perfect start when
Marco Sau beat the offside trap to race clear on goal
but Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni did well
to parry his powerful shot.
Chievo had the best chance of the match shortly
before halftime. Nicolas Frey nodded on Cyril There-
au's cross to Boukary Drame, whose fierce volley
was well parried by Cagliari goalkeeper Michael
Radja Nainggolan almost won it for Cagliari at
the death, with a long-range screamer which flew
just past the left post.
Chievo has eight points more than relegation-
threatened Genoa and Palermo, who play today.
Chievo all but safe after
0-0 draw with Cagliari
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