Lewandowski, Heynckes miss records as Bayern held

Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski and Jupp Heynckes both missed out on records as runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were held to a lacklustre goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday. 

Despite the disappointing result, Bayern are now 20 points clear in the table as second-placed Borussia Dortmund host Augsburg on Monday.

After thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0 at home in the last 16, first leg, of the Champions League on Tuesday, this was a much more frustrating afternoon for off-key Bayern.

Their run of 14 straight wins in all competitions came to an end and it is only the second time they have dropped league points this season at the Allianz Arena.

It was Bayern’s first league draw since October — a 2-2 against Hertha in Berlin.

Despite nearly four times as many chances — 19 shots on goal to Hertha’s five — Bayern could not break through, which cost them two records.

Lewandowski, making his 250th Bundesliga appearance, missed out on the out-right record of scoring in 12 consecutive home league games.

He now shares the league record of 11 with Bayern legends Gerd Mueller and current head coach Heynckes.

The 72-year-old Heynckes also missed the chance to become the first Bayern coach to claim 15 straight wins in all competitions.

Lewandowski, who accounted alone for 10 of Bayern’s chances, was thwarted by Hertha’s goalkeeper Rune Jarstein and the Berlin defence, who ensured he did not add to his 29 goals in all competitions.

Third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt missed the chance to go second with a 1-0 defeat at resurgent VfB Stuttgart.

Winger Erik Thommy scored his first goal for Stuttgart after only 13 minutes to lift his team to 12th — seven points from the relegation places.

It was Stuttgart’s third straight win under new coach Tayfun Korkut.

Ex-Bayern striker Nils Petersen celebrated extending his contract until June 2019 with a second-half penalty as Freiburg earned a point in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim.

Ex-Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric scored his fifth goal in four games, smashing home a free-kick to give Hoffenheim the lead.

But as they have done so often this season, Freiburg fought back.

When Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt brought down Petersen, the striker stepped up to convert the penalty for his 12th goal of the season.

It was another blunder from Vogt, whose poor pass last Saturday was snapped up by Breel Embolo to score the winner in their 2-1 defeat at Schalke.

Borussia Moenchengladbach scored their first goal in five games when World Cup winner Christoph Kramer netted with a second-half volley in their 1-0 win at Hanover.

It was Gladbach’s first goal for 431 minutes and was worth the wait as Kramer hit the top-left hand corner.

The result breaks Gladbach’s run of four straight defeats to leave them seventh.

RB Leipzig can jump from fifth to second if they beat bottom side Cologne at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

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