Frankfurt hold Bayern to a goalless draw

Frankfurt held Bayern Munich to a goalless draw to deny the front-runners their 11th win in as many games at the opener of the 11th round in the Bundesliga. The German giants dropped points for the first time this season as Josep Guardiola’s men lacked in ideas to overcome Frankfurt’s bulwark on Friday.

Bayern Munich created threatening chances but the likes of Robert Lewandowski were unable to break down the stubborn resistance of Frankfurt.   -  Reuters

Frankfurt held Bayern Munich to a goalless draw to deny the front-runners their 11th win in as many games at the opener of the 11th round in the Bundesliga.

The German giants dropped points for the first time this season as Josep Guardiola’s men lacked in ideas to overcome Frankfurt’s bulwark on Friday.

Bayern took the reins from the kick-off against the defensively-minded hosts, who kept all their men behind the ball. Despite a 72 per cent ball possession in the first-half Bayern failed to find a gap.

Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, however, had to make a save as Arturo Vidal dangerously headed on target in the opening period.

After the restart the visitors from Munich started where they left off as Hradecky was again on guard to deny Douglas Costa from a promising position.

Meanwhile, Frankfurt gained a foothold into the game when Alexander Meier and Marc Stendera tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern continued to produce the more threatening chances but neither Robert Lewandowski nor Philipp Lahm were able to score the decisive goal on the road.

With the result, Frankfurt reaped their fourth draw of the season to climb to 11th on the table.

Nonetheless, the Bavarians remain atop the standings with a seven-point advantage for the moment.

Saturday fixtures: Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund; Schalke vs Ingolstadt; FC Augsburg vs Mainz 05; 1. FC Koln vs Hoffenheim; Hertha Berlin vs Monchengladbach; Wolfsburg encounter Bayer Leverkusen.

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