Robert Lewandowski Strikes Late to Rescue Bayern Munich in Berlin

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Berlin: Robert Lewandowski hit a 96th-minute equaliser as Bayern Munich salvaged a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday and prolonged their lead on the high of the Bundesliga desk to eight factors.

Bayern have been seconds away from solely their second league defeat this season when Lewandowski fired house his 24th objective in all competitons to cancel out Vedad Ibisevic's first-half strike at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

It was a Champions League hangover for Bayern following Wednesday's 5-1 hammering of Arsenal within the final 16 first leg, regardless of coach Carlo Ancelotti making 4 modifications to the facet that beat the Gunners.

Hertha went forward on 21 minutes when Ibisevic ghosted in behind Bayern's defence and deflected Marvin Plattenhardt's free-kick previous Manuel Neuer.

Regardless of having fun with greater than 70 p.c possession, Bayern struggled and Lewandowski's equaliser solely got here deep into added time.

Thiago Alcantara's free-kick discovered Ajren Robben on the sting of the world, his shot was blocked, however Lewandowski drilled house the rebound to disclaim Hertha a primary win over Bayern in 12 makes an attempt.

Second-placed RB Leipzig can shut the hole behind Bayern once they play Borussia Moenchengladbach away on Sunday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Lukasz Piszczek had a hand in all three targets as Borussia Dortmund bounced again from Tuesday's Champions League final 16 first-leg defeat at Benfica with a Three-Zero trouncing of Wolfsburg at house.

Dortmund's iconic south stand, nicknamed the 'Gelbe Wand' (Yellow Wall), which holds 25,000 followers, stood empty.

It was a German FA punishment after hooligans attacked visiting RB Leipzig followers, together with households, earlier this month.

Dortmund went forward when Wolfsburg defender Jeffrey Bruma headed Piszczek's close-range cross into his personal web on 20 minutes.

Poland worldwide Piszczek added the second, heading house Ousmane Dembele's cross on 48 minutes, after which arrange Dembele for the third on 59 minutes.

Hoffenheim climbed to fourth with a 2-Zero win at house to backside facet Darmstadt as ex-Leicester Metropolis striker Andrej Kramaric scored each their targets.

Ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt dropped to fifth after their shock 2-Zero defeat to strugglers Ingolstadt, who had Australia striker Mathew Leckie despatched off and stay second from backside.

Ingolstadt took an early lead by way of French defender Romain Bregerie whereas Frankfurt completed the primary half with 10 males.

Defender David Abraham was proven a purple card when his clearance kick linked with Dario Lezcano's chest on 35 minutes.

Frakfurt's Japan midfielder Makoto Hasebe had a second-half penalty saved, then hit the crossbar from the follow-up, and Pascal Gross scored Ingolstadt's second objective from a penalty on the different finish 13 minutes later.

Ingolstadt additionally performed with a person much less for the final 10 minutes after Leckie was proven a straight purple for the same foul to Abraham — by accident kicking an opponent.

Relegation-threatened Werder Bremen escaped the underside three with a 2-Zero win at Mainz.

Ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry gave Bremen the lead with a towering header on 16 minutes earlier than Denmark worldwide Thomas Delaney slammed house a free-kick to double the lead seven minutes later.

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