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Champions drop points to gritty Hoffenheim

Bayern drew 2-2 with an energetic Hoffenheim side on Saturday, as Jupp Heynckes' men dominated possession but gifted the home side two goals through defensive lapses, and were unable to raise their game when the going got tough after half-time.

Although the champions still retain the chance of defending their Bundesliga crown, the result realistically sets up a showdown for second in next week’s last match of the season at home to third-placed VfB Stuttgart, as leaders Wolfsburg moved two points and seven goals clear at the top courtesy of a 5-0 win away to Hannover.

The 30,150 capacity crowd at the Rhein-Neckar Arena saw a pulsating first half between two teams committed to attack at every opportunity. The outstanding Franck Ribery opened the scoring, but the home side struck back through Demba Ba and Carlos Eduardo.

Luca Toni headed a deserved equaliser before half-time, but the sides adopted a more cautious approach for long spells after the restart and chances were thin on the ground at both ends, as a game which started thrillingly petered out towards the end.