European football: Leverkusen close on Bundesliga glory after Bayern crash

Florian Wirtz scores only goal for unbeaten Bundesliga leadersGerman champions slump from 2-0 up to lose at Heidenheim

The Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen battled past Union Berlin 1-0 on Saturday to equal a league record unbeaten run of 28 consecutive matches and all but secure their first league title with a 16-point advantage at the top and six matches remaining.

The visitors, who are also through to the German Cup final and face West Ham United next week in their Europa League quarter-final first leg, put Union on the back foot from the start. Despite a string of chances Xabi Alonso’s team had to wait until deep in first-half stoppage time for Florian Wirtz to convert a penalty. Minutes earlier, Union had Robin Gosens sent off after a second booking.

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