Stuttgart midfielder Sami Khedira hit an injury-time equaliser to seal a 2-2 draw with ten-man Bayern Munich on Saturday, but the point was enough to put Jurgen Klinsmann-coached Bayern top of the Bundesliga. Munich have turned around their league position from 11th at the start of October to lead the table on Saturday night by a point. Second-place Hoffenheim have the chance to regain the lead providing they can pick up at least a point against Schalke 04 on Sunday.
Second-half goals by Tim Borowski and Luca Toni had cancelled out Khedira's header at the end of the first-half, until the 21-year-old hit his second of the game with virtually the last kick of the match. Bayern had earlier been reduced to ten men when defender Massimo Oddo was shown a straight red for hacking down midfielder Christian Traesch with five minutes left.
"It was an exciting derby, I had the feeling we had done enough for victory, but the red card was the turning point," Klinsmann said. "But I am content with what the team have done in the last three months and we are better prepared for the next round of games in the new year."
Stuttgart, whose coach Markus Babbel remains unbeaten after two wins and a draw having taken over three weeks ago after Armin Veh was sacked, had taken the lead in injury time at the end of the first-half through Khedira. The Germany Under-21 midfielder stood his ground in the heart of the Munich defence and headed home past Rensing to make it 1-0 at the break. But Bayern equalised within three minutes of the re-start after Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger drove his shot through the defence and although goalkeeper Jens Lehammn saved, Borowski pounced on the loose ball to score.
Stuttgart squandered an excellent chance to regain the lead when Brazilian striker Cacau pushed his shot wide with only Rensing to beat, Stuttgart were made to pay when Toni turned in Borowski's cross on 66 minutes to make it 2-1. But Khedira spoiled Bayern's party when he volleyed home his shot with the 90 minutes up as Stuttgart poured forward in an attempt to force the equaliser.
"The team did exactly what I asked them to do," Babbel said. "There was passion and a willing until up to the very last minute. But I am not completely happy, because we had our chances to win and we didn't take them."
Third-placed Hertha Berlin kept the pressure on the leaders with a 4-0 win over Karlsruhe at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The home got an early break through when Maximilian Nicu smashed in a goal on eight minutes after a mistake in the home defence. Bulgaria's Valeri Domovchiyski, midfielder Fabian Lustenberger and Brazilian Raffael scored goals in the final 15 minutes.
Hamburg are fourth after their 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt as Croatia striker Mladen Petric sealed victory with a second-half header. Bayer Leverkusen are fifth after they were held 1-1 at home by struggling Energie Cottbus. Werder Bremen climbed to seventh after a 2-1 triumph over Wolfsburg as an own goal from Wolfsburg's Brazilian midfielder Josue gave the hosts three points.