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Champions held by Borussia in six-goal thriller

Bayern suffered a minor setback in their quest to make up ground in the Bundesliga with a 3-3 draw away to bottom club Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, but the champions ended up thankful for a point after Philipp Lahm’s late strike staved off defeat in a rip-roaring top flight encounter.

The 54,057 capacity crowd at Borussia Park saw Patrick Herrmann and on-fire Mario Gomez trade goals in a whirlwind opening spell, but the champions gained the upper hand and hit the goal-frame twice as the breathless action continued. Bastian Schweinsteiger finally handed FCB an overdue lead, but the midfielder turned from hero to villain with a missed penalty which would surely have wrapped up the points before half-time.

Instead, Borussia administered swift punishment as Marco Reus and sub Igor De Camargo turned the game on its head with two goals in four minutes around the hour mark. Munich angrily laid siege to the home goal and Lahm levelled six minutes from time

The result takes the champions up to ninth on 16 points from eleven matches, now nine off leaders Dortmund. The men from Munich are next in action at the Allianz Arena on Sunday 14 November against Bavarian neighbours Nürnberg.