Runaway leaders Bayern Munich failed to win in the Bundesliga for the first time this season as Eintracht Frankfurt produced a resilient defensive performance to secure a goalless draw.
The champions had won their first 10 league matches but wasted good chances on a night when the Frankfurt back four excelled, but the draw was enough to move Bayern eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who have a game in hand on the champions.
Pep Guardiola’s men made a strong start to the game and threatened to take an early lead when Arturo Vidal’s powerful header was tipped over the crossbar by Lukas Hradecky.
Xabi Alonso almost scored the opening goal as his free kick found Javi Martinez, who sent a header just wide of the post.
After being frustrated in the opening 45 minutes, Bayern were gifted an opportunity early in the second half when a misplaced pass was intercepted by Douglas Costa, but the Brazilian could only send his shot wide.
Despite rarely offering any signs of attacking intent, Frankfurt twice wasted good chances to take the lead against the run of play as Alexander Meier miscued his shot from a promising position, before Manuel Neuer denied Marc Stendera after handing possession to the midfielder. Robert Lewandowski should have punished the misses when he climbed highest to meet Philipp Lahm’s cross moments later, but his header drifted just past the post with Hradecky beaten.
Frankfurt refused to stray from their game plan in search of a possible winner, and the home fans were left breathing a sigh of relief when Lewandowski fired wide after being released by Arjen Robben’s clever lobbed pass. Celebrations were cut short late on when Lewandowski was halted by the offside flag after finally finding the net, and the disappointment continued for Guardiola’s side as Frankfurt held on for the point.
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