Euro Watch: Bayern fail to capitalise on Dortmund slip
- 08 October 2013 10:14
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
It's a rare Bundesliga round when both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich fail to claim three points.
However, that's just what happened on week eight of the competition.
Both Champions League finalists made heavy weather of their matches, with Dortmund losing 2-0 to Monchengladbach on Saturday afternoon and Munich only drawing 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen hours later.
Pep Guardiola’s men looked on course for a seventh straight win in all competitions when Tony Kroos put them ahead after 29 minutes but Sidney Sam levelled less than a minute later.
Both Bayern and Bayer celebrated memorable Champions League victories against City and Real Sociedad respectively in the days preceding this encounter at the BayArena, so perhaps it was unsurprising that the game that followed would be less spectacular.
Munich did enough to register a victory with a flurry of second-half chances but Bayer held on for a point, thanks to a combination of solid goalkeeping and profligacy in front of goal from the visitors.
Despite failing to register a win, Bayern do climb above Dortmund in the standings to top spot, leading by a point.
Guardiola clearly wasn’t too down in the dumps after the draw, as he headed out into Munich to celebrate the last official day of Oktoberfest with his players and their families.
Giant pints of beer, lederhosen and traditional hats were the order of the day for the European champions.
Pep Guardiola in Oktoberfest Outfit with Beer #wiesn#Pep pic.twitter.com/WRL2ZndKJf— Sportpagetv (@Sportpagetv) October 6, 2013
Elsewhere, City’s next Group D opponents CSKA lost the Moscow derby to Dinamo and drop to fifth place in the Russian Premier League.
CSKA are now without a win in their last four league games after falling to a 2-0 defeat at home to Dinamo on Sunday.
Ecuadorian midfielder Christian Noboa gave Dinamo the lead after 57 minutes, before the game was made safe a minute from time by Alexander Kokorin.
Zenit extended their lead at the top with a comfortable 3-0 win at Tomsk.
Viktoria Plzen did not have the opportunity to show a reaction to their 3-2 defeat to CSKA in the Champions League, as they were not in action this weekend.
They remain four points behind Sparta Prague at the top of the Czech Liga and return to action on Saturday with their cup match away at Kladno.
That’s all for this week’s Euro Watch – we’ll be back with more on City’s Champions League rivals after the international break.