Bayern Munich’s early-season euphoria has been quashed after being held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday, in its third consecutive game without a win.
Rising star Joshua Kimmich looked to have dug Bayern out of a hole again, scoring to put the league leaders 2-1 ahead, minutes before the visitors’ position was made even more comfortable with Szabolcs Huszti’s sending off.
Huszti, who had cancelled out Arjen Robben’s early goal for Bayern, was shown his second yellow card for making a motion with his head toward Renato Sanches’ forehead.
But Frankfurt – which hadn’t scored in the league against Bayern since April 2011 – grabbed an unlikely equalizer when Timothy Chandler crossed for Marco Fabian to score with his chest from close range with 12 minutes remaining.
“You can see what happens when you give everything,” said Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac on his 45th birthday.
Bayern, which had won its first five league games, has now drawn against Cologne and Frankfurt, while it also lost 1-0 at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
“I think 2-2 is a fair result,” said Carlo Ancelotti, the first Bayern coach to have won his first eight matches in charge.
Cologne, one of four unbeaten sides remaining, took advantage of Bayern’s slip by beating Ingolstadt 2-1 at home to go second, two points behind Ancelotti’s side.
Werder Bremen hosts Bayer Leverkusen in the late game.
COLOGNE 2, INGOLSTADT 1
Anthony Modeste fired Cologne ahead midway through the first half with his sixth goal of the season, stopping Yuya Osako’s pass acrobatically with his first touch and then smashing it past Ingolstadt `keeper Orjan Nyland with his next.
The French striker made it 2-0 with a penalty before the break, awarded after Tobias Levels brought down Osako, to become the league’s top scorer.
Lukas Hinterseer scored the visitors’ consolation from the penalty spot in the final minute.
“Excitement, emotions and toughness. Everything that could be in a football game was in it,” said Cologne coach Peter Stoeger.
Ingolstadt slipped bottom after failing to win any of its opening seven games.
BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 0, HAMBURGER SV 0
`Gladbach dominated the game but missed two penalties.
Hamburg, like Ingolstadt waiting for its first win, looked to be in trouble when last defender Cleber was sent off in the 26th minute for bringing down Lars Stindl in the penalty area.
But Rene Adler saved the penalty from Andre Hahn, while Stindl struck the crossbar with another penalty around the hour-mark. TV replays showed Ibrahima Traore fell easily under Douglas Santos’ challenge.
AUGSBURG 1, SCHALKE 1
Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl was hoping for more from his visit to the side he coached for four successful seasons, after claiming just one win and five defeats from his first six games with his new side.
Nabil Bentaleb fired the visitors ahead with a brilliant strike from distance _ in off the crossbar _ in the 65th. The ball came out again but there was no doubt it crossed the line.
But Daniel Baier equalized against the run of play for Augsburg with another fine shot to the top right corner.
Schalke striker Breel Embolo, who had earlier struck the post, was stretchered off with a broken left ankle after a clumsy challenge from Konstantinos Stafylidis. The club said the Swiss striker would be out for the rest of the year.
HOFFENHEIM 2, FREIBURG 1
Andrej Kramaric was the hero for unbeaten Hoffenheim with a late winner from the penalty spot, just minutes after Florian Niederlechner had cancelled out Sandro Wagner’s first half goal.
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