Leroy Sané’s free kick challenge in training
Leroy Sané shows his amazing technique in free kick training.
Bayern Munich missed the chance to open an 11-point gap at the Bundesliga summit as they were held to a thrilling 1-1 draw by Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side were 5-0 up after 37 minutes in the reverse meeting last October, and needed just 18 minutes at the Allianz Arena to take the lead through Niklas Sule.
Thomas Muller’s own goal levelled things up in the first half, but neither team could find a winner after the interval despite an end-to-end affair that produced a host of opportunities.
The result leaves Bayern nine points clear of second-placed Dortmund, who have a game in hand and are not in action until March 13, while Gerardo Seoane’s Leverkusen sit 14 adrift of the leaders in third.
Amine Adli drilled the first chance of the contest narrowly wide for Leverkusen, and it was Bayern who opened the scoring shortly after.
Sule slammed past Lukas Hradecky following Charles Aranguiz’s goal-line clearance from a deflected Joshua Kimmich corner, before Serge Gnabry flashed just wide.
Parity was soon restored when Muller poked Kerem Demirbay’s free-kick into his own net, and Leverkusen should have headed into half-time ahead.
Adli rounded Sven Ulreich following Dayot Upamecano’s wayward pass but could only strike the post, before the same visiting player shot wide when clean through, and then the Bayern goalkeeper thwarted Aranguiz minutes later.
Jamal Musiala forced a smart Hradecky stop after the break, while Florian Wirtz’s deft touch squirmed just off target with Ulreich seemingly beaten at the other end.
Hradecky denied substitute Marcel Sabitzer when one-on-one immediately after his introduction as Bayern’s push for a winning goal came to no avail.
Sule (18′), Muller (36′)