Two first-half goals two minutes apart forced a 1-1 outcome between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday night at Bayarena in Bundesliga action, though both clubs moved up the table.
Borussia Dortmund suffered a stunning 2-0 loss to Gladbach earlier in the day, putting Munich in first and Leverkusen right behind in a tie for second with a point each after the draw.
Leverkusen remain unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga matches, and it’s the second draw for Munich this season.
Munich midfielder Toni Kroos recorded the first blow in the 29th off a low ground pass from Franck Ribery to the left of the box. It was Kroos's first goal of the season, and 22nd of his career.
Two minutes later, Leverkusen winger Sidney Sam netted the equalizer for his sixth goal of the season. Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer initially saved Sebastian Boenisch’s attempt, but Sam came up the with the rebound and deflected it in.
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Ribery failed to convert his five shots into a goal, but picked up his third league assist of the year.
Keeper Bernd Leno earned significant praise for his incredible display in the Leverkusen net. Leno made 10 saves off 11 targeted Munich shots, while his club struggled to maintain any sort of possession. Munich won the possession battle 77-23, and forced 14 corner kicks.
Each side was booked roughly midway through the second half. Boenisch was shown a yellow card in the 52nd after a rough foul on Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, and defender Jerome Boateng notched a yellow in the 67th.