BERLIN (AP) – Marcus Ingvartsen scored late for Union Berlin to grab a 1-1 draw and cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead on Saturday ahead of a decisive Champions League match in Paris on Tuesday.
Union’s visit came at the wrong time for the European champions, weakened by injury and focused on the Champions League quarter-final second leg. Bayern lost the first leg 3-2 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Bayern struggled to break through a stubborn Union defense until 18-year-old Jamal Musiala finally made the breakthrough in the 68th minute, but Robert Andrich set up Ingvartsen to equalize for the visitors in the 85th minute.
Leipzig cut Bayern’s lead to five points with six rounds remaining with a 4-1 win at Werder Bremen.
Bremen got off to a great start until Dani Olmo broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. Alexander Sörloth scored two more goals for Leipzig just before the break, and Marcel Sabitzer sealed the win after Milot Rashica pulled one back with a penalty.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who on Friday said his squad was not as strong as the previous year, started with reserves Josip Stanisic and Tiago Dantas. It was a debut for 21-year-old Stanisic, a defender, and a first for Dantas.
Right-back Bouna Sarr made a rare start as Flick turned the entire back line from Wednesday’s defeat to PSG, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting returned for the injured Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern’s injury concerns deepened after about half an hour when Kingsley Coman needed treatment on his left knee, but the French forward continued into the break, when he was replaced by Leroy Sané.
18-year-old Christopher Scott came on for his Bayern debut in the 66th minute, and Musiala scored two minutes later. The Union defense failed to clear the ball, which rebounded off Thomas Müller’s shoulder into the lane of Musiala. He danced past several defenders before scoring from close range.
However, Ingvartsen’s equalizer cost Bayern two points, and sent Union flying high in seventh place.
“One point at Bayern is a good result, we should be happy,” said Union coach Urs Fischer, whose side drew 1-1 with Bayern in the previous match in December.
Fourth place Eintracht Frankfurt enjoyed a 4-3 win over third place Wolfsburg, and there was another thriller in the late game, when Ansgar Knauff’s first Bundesliga goal gave Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 win in Stuttgart.
“It has been an extraordinary week for me,” said 19-year-old Knauff, who made his first start for Dortmund against Manchester City on Tuesday.
Dortmund fell behind to a 17th-minute header from Saša Kalajdžić – reportedly a target if Erling Haaland leaves the club – and then took the lead early in the second half with goals from Jude Bellingham and Marco Reus.
Daniel Didavi equalized on the counter-attack in the 78th minute, but Knauff had the final say in his third Bundesliga appearance despite facing four Stuttgart defenders when he fired his shot into the right post.
Hertha Berlin could only draw 2-2 with Borussia Mönchengladbach despite playing most of the game with a player advantage after goalkeeper Yann Sommer was sent off early for the visitors.
Sommer beat Jhon Córdoba as the Hertha forward was about to cross the net.
Encouraged by an extra, Hertha pressed for an opener that came in the 23rd minute with Santiago Ascacibar firing a shot from outside the area.
But Alassane Plea equalized four minutes later with a cool finish at the far post after captain Hertha Niklas Stark was unable to cut through Marcus Thuram’s through ball. Stark then conceded a penalty for a late challenge on Thuram and Lars Stindl put the visitors ahead from the spot.
Córdoba equalized early in the second half but Hertha couldn’t find another goal.
“The ball in the end didn’t want to enter. “It’s bittersweet, honey, but we have to accept it,” said Stark, whose team is just one point above the relegation zone.
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