10-man Bayern held 1-1 by Schalke, Wolfsburg also draws
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich remained winless in the second half of the Bundesliga season after holding on with 10 men to earn a 1-1 draw with Schalke on Tuesday.
The defending champion retained its eight-point lead over Wolfsburg, which clinched a late 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. Wolfsburg beat Bayern 4-1 on Friday but needed a late equalizer from Kevin de Bruyne to escape with a point.
Bayern lost Jerome Boateng to a red card in the 17th minute and was lucky not to fall behind as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer easily caught the resulting penalty from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Arjen Robben put Bayern ahead in the 67th but Benedikt Hoewedes equalized five minutes later.
Also, Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Freiburg 1-0 and Hannover and Mainz drew 1-1.
Bayern dropped points at home for the first time this season, while Schalke stayed fourth.
Boateng was sent off for bringing down Sydney Sam as he surged forward. Choupo-Moting’s penalty was low and weak, and Neuer had no problem diving to his left to smother the ball.
Schalke did not change anything in its game plan and mostly defended despite being a man up. Bayern controlled the game but produced few chances in a dull contest.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola brought in striker Robert Lewandowski early in the second half, livening up the match.
The home team went ahead when Robben headed in a corner from Xabi Alonso.
Schalke’s goal also came from a corner, with Sam providing the cross for Hoewedes to head home.
“It’s frustrating,” Robben said. “We go ahead and then we let him score. We were down a man but we ran and fought, and controlled the game, so it’s disappointing.
“Schalke didn’t do anything, they only defended. We didn’t allow any counter-attacks, we played much better than against Wolfsburg.”
Bayern failed to exploit the inexperience of 19-year-old Timon Wellenreuther, who made his Bundesliga debut in Schalke’s goal in the second half, replacing the injured Fabian Giefer.
Eintracht was also coming off a 4-1 loss in Freiburg and shored up its defense against Wolfsburg.
Frankfurt was the better side and Stefan Aigner scored in the 58th. But De Bruyne followed up his two-goal performance against Bayern by notching the equalizer in the 88th.
Wolfsburg’s latest signing Andre Schuerrle was not in the squad.
Patrick Herrmann scored in the 23rd to secure third-place Moenchengladbach’s win.
Jimmy Briand scored in the 26th for Hannover, but Elkin Soto earned a draw for Mainz in the 77th.