Late Brandt goal rescues draw for Dortmund at Bochum

Borussia Dortmund needed an 85th minute equaliser by Julian Brandt to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at promoted VfL Bochum on Saturday as it fell six points behind Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund's Julian Brandt (left) celebrates scoring the equaliser against VfL Bochum with Emre Can (right) on Saturday.   -  REUTERS

Borussia Dortmund needed an 85th minute equaliser by Julian Brandt to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at promoted VfL Bochum on Saturday as it fell six points behind Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.

Brandt bagged a fully deserved leveller after Bochum had taken the lead in the 40th minute with a Sebastian Polter penalty.

Second-placed Dortmund, with suspended coach Marco Rose in the stands, avoided a second straight loss but dropped further behind in the title race on 31 points with Bayern on 37.

Dortmund's Jude Bellingham missed a golden chance to put his team in front when he only had Manuel Riemann to beat but the goalkeeper flicked his shot wide with a reflex save.

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Erling Haaland was then denied by Riemann a little later, with Bochum putting up a fight in its mini Ruhr valley derby.

Despite the pressure it was the host which scored first, with Polter's well-taken penalty.

Dortmund, which lost 3-2 at home to Bayern last week, had chance after chance in a strong second half and Marius Wolf thought he had scored the equaliser in the 53rd only to be overruled by a VAR review for offside.

Bochum was desperately hanging onto its slim lead with Dortmund by the 85th minute having fired 21 shots on goal compared to the hosts' three.

The visitors were finally rewarded with Brandt's low drive. 

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