Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are now winless in their last three games after being held to a 2-2 draw at ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in the German league.
After last month’s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid and their 1-1 league draw with Cologne before the international break, this was neither the performance nor the result coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted.
Despite the draw, Bayern maintain a two-point lead in the Bundesliga ahead of Wednesday’s key Champions League game at home to PSV Eindhoven.
Bayern’s Arjen Robben and Frankfurt’s Szabolcs Huszti both scored first-half goals.
After Germany international Joshua Kimmich put Bayern head, Frankfurt had Huszti sent off, but Mexico midfielder Marco Fabian scored their crucial second equaliser 12 minutes from time.
Ancelotti started with striker Robert Lewandowski on the bench in Frankfurt as it emerged winger Franck Ribery is out for the next three weeks with a fresh injury.
Robben cut back inside and fired a superb shot at a tight angle past Frankfurt’s Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky with just 10 minutes gone.
Bayern lived dangerously, despite dominating possession.
With 15 minutes gone, Frankfurt’s Timothy Chandler hit the inside post.
Then Alexander Maier’s bullet-header was saved by Bayern’s Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Huszti put Frankfurt level just before the break when the midfielder took advantage of a lucky bounce to get behind the Bayern defence and slot home on 43 minutes.
It was Frankfurt’s first goal against Bayern since 2011.
Kimmich put Bayern ahead when he got on the end of Hummels pass and slotted home on 62 minutes for his sixth goal in his last seven games for his club.
To add insult to injury, Eintracht were reduced to ten men for the last 25 minutes when Huszti was shown a red card for a second bookable offence.
But Frankfurt hit back and when US international Chandler swung in a shot, Fabian chested the ball into the empty net.
Bayern are two points clear of second-placed Cologne, who are enjoying their best start to the season since the Bundesliga started in 1962.
French striker Anthony Modeste scored both goals in the first-half including a converted penalty in a 2-1 win at Ingolstadt, for whom Lukas Hinterseer netted a late penalty.
The result saw Ingolstadt drop to the bottom of the table, replacing Hamburg, who picked up a point in a goalless draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach.