European champions Bayern Munich remained top of the Bundesliga as they were held in a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday by Werder Bremen, who were only deprived of a shock victory by a series of excellent saves by Manuel Neuer. German goalkeeper Neuer made big saves to twice turn down US striker Josh Sargent as Bremen earned their first point at Bayern in a decade. “We had to invest a lot,” Neuer told Sky. The 34-year-old rebounded after conceding six goals in Germany’s crushing midweek loss to Spain with two brilliant first-period saves in a row.
He used a shoe to block a shot from Sargent, then rushed through the goal to save from Ludwig Augustinsson.
In the later stages, Neuer then stood up to block a shot from Sargent, which had cleared.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick was far from happy that Bremen took the lead in their 50th game at the helm, saying his side “need to defend better”.
Bremen took the lead just before half-time when midfielder Maximilian Eggestein completed a superb attack.
“We conceded a very cheap goal, that’s how Bremen’s plan worked and they defended very well,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.
Kingsley Coman equalized in the 62nd minute at the Allianz Arena when they encountered a Leon Goretzka cross at the far post.
Bayern striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting shot with the goal at his mercy with five minutes left.
However, Neuer’s heroism on the other end preserved the draw to leave Bayern one point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table.
Third-placed RB Leipzig can tie 19 points with defending champions Bayern if they beat Eintracht Frankfurt later on Saturday.
One day after turning 16, Youssoufa Moukoko could become the youngest player in Bundesliga history if he plays for Borussia Dortmund at Hertha Berlin.
Leverkusen climbed to second place with a 2-1 victory over wrestlers Arminia Bielefeld thanks to Aleksandar Dragovic’s late goal.
The win was a relief for Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who scored a horrific self-scoring goal early in the second half.
Leverkusen were leading 1-0 thanks to a Leon Bailey goal when Hradecky sliced a clearance, which rolled into the empty net behind him.
Dragovic stabbed the house almost two minutes long to spare Hradecky’s blush.
Although seven players were quarantined with the coronavirus, the exhausted Hoffenheim side drew 3-3 at home with Stuttgart.
Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric converted a late penalty for his seventh goal in four league games to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
However, in the fourth minute of added time, Stuttgart defender Marc-Oliver Kempf shot the ball through the legs of Stefan Posch of Hoffenheim to equalize.
Schalke’s winless run spanned 24 league games, dating back to January, after losing 2-0 at home to Wolfsburg.
Dutch striker Wout Weghorst and midfielder Xaver Schlager scored the goals for Wolfsburg which took them to fifth place with Schalke remaining second from the bottom.
An equalizer from Daniel Caligiuri with two minutes remaining gave Augsburg a 1-1 draw against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
German midfielder Florian Neuhaus gave Gladbach the lead after less than five minutes.
Augsburg played the last half hour to a downed man as Raphael Framberger was sent off after receiving two yellow cards within 12 minutes of coming on.
With time almost up, Caliguiri’s volley went from the crossbar to snatch a point.
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