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Bayern dominate but leaders Bayer cling on

Bayern were frustrated at home by increasingly defensive visitors for the second time in a row as undefeated Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen held out for a point in Sunday’s big game, a match which started well but declined in quality after half-time.

The 69,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw Mario Gomez and Stefan Keißling trade goals in the first quarter of an hour, after which the game took on an absorbing character with spells of dominance for both teams. The play turned scrappy after the interval before Bayern seized the initiative in the closing stages as the visitors shut up shop, but Bayer keeper Rene Adler performed heroics to deny Gomez five minutes from time and Munich were forced to settle for a point at the end.

With 13 games played, Bayern have improved by just one place in the table to seventh on 21 points, still six off leaders Bayer and five adrift of current form team Werder Bremen. Munich are in Champions League action at home to Maccabi Haifa in midweek, before an away Bundesliga trip to Hannover 96 next Sunday.