- Leverkusen come from behind to surprise Bayern
• Lionel Messi drags Barça back, Gervinho stuns Juve
Bayern Munich suffered a 3-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen who powered back from a goal down to beat the visitors on Saturday, ending the champions’ seven-game winning run in the Bundesliga and leaving them seven points behind the leaders Borussia Dortmund, who drew 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Peter Bosz’s attack-minded Leverkusen scored three goals in the second half as Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland overturned Bayern’s lead, from Leon Goretzka’s 41st minute goal, while Lucas Alario sealed the win with a late strike.
Germany international Goretzka headed in Thomas Müller’s cross after 37 minutes to put Bayern ahead with his fourth goal in the last three league games.
With Kingsley Coman wreaking havoc down the left wing it looked like a matter of time until the champions scored again. But Bailey fired home a stunning 25-yard free-kick eight minutes after the restart to level and Volland completed a stunning break that caught Bayern’s defence napping to secure the lead.
Julian Brandt could have added another goal for the hosts a little later but Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich tipped his volley round the post. Brandt then set up substitute Alario in the 87th for their third with a simple tap-in after another break.
Dortmund took the lead at Eintracht Frankfurt through Marco Reus but the in-form Luka Jovic drew the hosts level in the 36th minute.
In La Liga Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona back from two goals down by scoring twice to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia in a thrilling encounter which ended the La Liga leaders’ streak of eight consecutive league wins.
Valencia, who hit the woodwork in the second minute, went ahead in the 24th with a well-taken finish from French forward Kevin Gameiro and doubled their lead with a powerful penalty from Dani Parejo in the 32nd.
Messi halved the deficit seven minutes later by scoring for the ninth consecutive game in all competitions, converting from the spot after having a goal chalked off as the referee had already blown his whistle to award the penalty.
Barça’s captain equalised in the 64th with an unstoppable curling strike from outside the area, averting a first league loss for the league leaders since November and taking them on to 50 points from 22 games.
The equaliser may have come at a cost though as Messi was treated for a thigh injury shortly after scoring. He is now a doubt for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final at home to Real Madrid.
Atlético Madrid fell to their first La Liga defeat in five months as they were beaten 1-0 at Real Betis, missing a golden chance to close the gap with leaders Barcelona and slipping six points adrift of the Catalans. Álvaro Morata made his debut for Atlético after completing a loan move from Chelsea, but it was another former Real Madrid player in Sergio Canales who made the difference. He scored a penalty midway through the second half to give Betis a victory which took them up to sixth in the table.
In Serie A, Juventus were held to a 3-3 draw by Parma thanks to two late goals from the former Arsenal forward Gervinho.
Two Cristiano Ronaldo goals and one from Daniele Rugani appeared to have put the game beyond doubt at 3-1 but a brilliant flicked goal by Gervinho followed by a stoppage-time equaliser meant the home side’s lead over Napoli, who cruised to a 3-0 win over Sampdoria, was cut to nine points.
Juventus took the lead when Ronaldo collected Blaise Matuidi’s pass in the penalty area and produced a shot which deflected off a defender to beat Luigi Sepe. Rugani doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute after a series of ricochets, Antonino Barillà headed one back two minutes later and Ronaldo restored the two-goal lead with a towering header in the 66th minute.
Gervinho reduced the arrears again by turning in Juraj Kucka’s low cross with a clever back-heeled flick at the near post in the 74th minute. Deep into stoppage time, Juventus failed to clear the ball and Roberto Inglese forced his way to the goal-line and pulled the ball back for Gervinho to finish past Mattia Perin.
Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella missed out on becoming the first player to score in 12 successive Serie A games as his side were comfortably beaten.
Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne both scored within a minute midway through the first half and Simone Verdi added the third from a late penalty. Quagliarella, 36, struggled to impose himself and was unable to break Gabriel Batitusta’s record, the only other player to score in 11 successive matches