Bundesliga title race kept alive as Bayern Munich draws 1-1 against Nurnberg

Nurnberg and Bayern Munich both let late opportunities for a winner go begging as they fought out a derby draw at Max-Morlock-Stadion.

Published : Apr 29, 2019 00:22 IST

Tim Leibold hit the post with a last-gasp penalty as Bayern Munich escaped with a dramatic 1-1 draw at Nurnberg on Sunday.

Alphonso Davies' errant elbow to the face of Georg Margreitter gifted full-back Leibold the chance to be the hero for the relegation-threatened host, but his spot-kick came back off the inside of the post. Kingsley Coman then failed to convert a breakaway one-on-one in a frantic finish to a contest that ended with Bayern inching two points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top.

Serge Gnabry had earlier struck in the 75th minute to cancel out Matheus Pereira's opener and, though it was let off the hook late on, Niko Kovac may well view the result as two points dropped following Dortmund's loss to Schalke on Saturday.

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David Alaba tested Christian Mathenia in the 22nd minute and the goalkeeper proved up to the task, tipping a fine free-kick onto the crossbar. The deadlock remained intact at half-time after the referee deemed Ewerton to have legally challenged Joshua Kimmich in the Nurnberg box.

Match official Tobias Stieler delayed the restart in response to Bayern fans lighting flares, but Nurnberg made the breakthrough in the 48th minute. Sven Ulreich parried Eduard Lowen's tame initial effort only as far as winger Pereira, who curled a classy follow-up finish into the bottom left corner.

Bayern increased the tempo and, after the bar kept out a James Rodriguez free-kick, the visitor found a fortuitous equaliser, Robert Bauer's attempted clearance bouncing in off substitute Gnabry.

The woodwork ultimately proved an ally to Kovac's men as Leibold's failure to convert from 12 yards and Coman's subsequent inability to beat Mathenia when clean through on goal meant the points were shared.

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What does it mean? Door swings ajar for Dortmund

It was a rollercoaster clash at Max-Morlock-Stadion and the happiest man at the end of it all will be Lucien Favre. The Dortmund boss declared his team's title tilt over after a Revierderby defeat, but Bayern's slip-up here keeps it in touch as the finish line approaches.

Nurnberg indebted to Mathenia

Bayern profited from a slice of good luck at one end and were frustrated by a lone figure at the other. Mathenia thwarted the visitor on several occasions and stood tall when it mattered most, making himself big to unnerve Coman for the game's final chance.

Coman squanders glorious chance

France winger Coman was unable to get the better of right-back Bauer for long periods and must shoulder the blame for producing a poor finish with the match up for grabs deep into added time.

What's next?

Bayern will expect to improve at home to Hannover next Saturday, while Nurnberg's fight for survival continues away to Wolfsburg on the same day.

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