Bayern lose more Bundesliga points with draw at Hoffenheim


Bayern’s Jamal Musiala, right, kicks the ball past Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, left, during a German Bundesliga soccer match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich in Sinsheim, Germany , on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)


Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich dropped more points on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim, while Stuttgart secured a vital draw in their relegation fight.

Robert Lewandowski’s 29th league goal of the season was all Bayern could get despite dominating the game at Sinsheim, where Christoph Baumgartner opened the scoring in the 32nd minute for Hoffenheim.

It was Bayern’s second consecutive draw in the Bundesliga after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen, and the third game in their last five in which they have dropped points.

Bayern extended their lead to 10 points but second-placed Borussia Dortmund played two fewer games. Bayern have eight games left to play as Dortmund host coronavirus-hit Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday and they still have to face Mainz after their game last week was postponed due to coronavirus infections.

Bayern had three goals ruled out for offside and missed a host of chances, while Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann helped frustrate the visitors with a series of good saves.

Lewandowski eventually equalized in added time in the first half with a powerful header into the corner from Joshua Kimmich, but the Polish star was unable to add to his tally in the second half.

Saša Kalajdžić scored at the last minute to lift Stuttgart out of a direct relegation spot with a 1-1 draw against Union Berlin.

Stuttgart, which ended its nine-game winless streak last weekend, edged out Union City rivals Hertha Berlin on goal difference ahead of Hertha’s game against struggling Borussia Mönchengladbach more late Saturday.

Freiburg moved up to fourth, the final Champions League qualifying spot, with a 3-2 win at home to Wolfsburg.

Vincenzo Grifo opened the scoring with a perfectly placed free-kick in the seventh minute, then rewarded Freiburg’s dominance with a brilliant second goal before the break. Nicolas Höfler crossed from the left and Grifo controlled the ball with his first touch and took it back with the next.

Wolfsburg fought back to equalize in the second half, but Nico Schlotterbeck atoned for a mistake that preceded the equalizer when he let the winner slip away in the 87th minute.

Mainz’s game at Augsburg has been called off due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak among the visitors.


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