November 24, 2018 / 4:49 PM / 16 days ago

Duesseldorf stun Bayern with stoppage-time equaliser

BERLIN (Reuters) - Dodi Lukebakio completed a hat-trick in stoppage time to earn Fortuna Duesseldorf a remarkable 3-3 draw at champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich v Fortuna Duesseldorf - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 24, 2018 Fortuna Dusseldorf's Dodi Lukebakio celebrates at the end of the match with Robin Bormuth REUTERS/Michael Dalder

The result was a major success for promoted Duesseldorf but left Bayern in shock and without a win in three league games.

The Bavarians, who had twice led by two goals and had almost 75 percent possession, are now fifth on 21 points, nine behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who beat Mainz 05 2-1.

“We have only ourselves to blame,” Bayern’s double scorer Thomas Mueller told reporters. “I am a bit perplexed because again we again conceded a goal late in the game. That makes the hunt for a top spot harder.

“We seem to be stuck in a phase where everything is punished. Now we stand here again and wonder what happened. Maybe we are lacking a bit of an edge.”

Niklas Suele put the hosts ahead in the 17th and Mueller added another goal three minutes later as Bayern looked to be cruising to an easy win.

They were in desperate need of a confidence boost after their loss to Dortmund on the previous matchday, before the international break.

But Duesseldorf managed a 44th-minute goal through Lukebakio, on loan from Watford this season, with their only real scoring chance in the first half.

Mueller, struggling for form for a second consecutive season, restored their two-goal lead in the 58th with a low shot from a superb Robert Lewandowski pass but Bayern, lacking any real pace and determination up front, failed to kill off the game.

Belgian Lukebakio scored again to set up a nervous finale and the 21-year-old left the best for last, snatching the 93rd-minute equaliser after running away from his marker to beat keeper Manuel Neuer and pile more pressure on embattled Bayern coach Niko Kovac.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ian Chadband and Clare Fallon

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