BERLIN: Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as the club world champions gave renewed hope to their title rivals, three days before their Champions League last-16 first leg at Lazio.

Robert Lewandowski netted his 26th league goal of the season for Bayern, but Frankfurt deserved the win thanks to first-half goals by Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada and Amin Younes.

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Frankfurt’s Brazilian defender Lucas Silva Melo (left), Bayern Munich’s French forward Kingsley Coman (center) and Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (R) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Feb. 20, 2021 (February 21 in Manila). AFP PHOTO

Bayern, which drew 3-3 with struggling Arminia Bielefeld on Monday, could see its lead cut to two points by RB Leipzig when it visits Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

“We haven’t learned from the Bielefeld game,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer told Sky.

Fourth-placed Frankfurt is seven points behind Bayern and unbeaten in 11 Bundesliga matches.

It was Bayern’s third league defeat of the season. Its last, a 3-2 reverse at Borussia Moenchengladbach in January, was followed by a shock German Cup defeat at second-tier Holstein Kiel.

It was only the sixth loss head coach Hansi Flick has suffered since taking charge in November 2019.

Frankfurt capitalized on the league leaders’ jaded form since lifting the Club World Cup in Qatar just over a week ago.

Flick saw Bayern’s improved second-half performance as a good “sign” and something “we’re building on.”

Bayern was missing defender Benjamin Pavard plus forward Thomas Mueller, who were both sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19 while midfielder Corentin Tolisso was sidelined by injury.

Frankfurt’s top-scorer, Andre Silva, dropped out before kickoff with a back injury.

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