Gladbach, Dortmund share the spoils
Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw that saw both sides drop behind Bayern Munich at the top of the standings.
Robert Lewandowski put Dortmund in front in the 40th minute, but Mike Hanke levelled the score in the 72nd minute. With Bayern beating Werder Bremen convincingly, both sides tried to get the win which would have kept them ahead at the top, but they had to settle for a point each.
Dortmund could have led after just 20 seconds when Mario Gotze was put through on goal, but his chest control was not perfect and Filip Daems was able to recover ground and put the ball behind for a corner. At the other end, Raul Bobadilla beat the offside trap and lobbed Roman Weidenfeller but Marcel Schmelzer got around the back to clear the ball just before the line.
The pendulum swung back Dortmund's way minutes later when Lewandowski skipped past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but had the ball taken away from him by a covering defender before he could shoot into the empty net. Lewandowski broke clear again in the 20th minute, but there were no takers for his low pass into the middle.
An offside decision prevented Kevin Grosskreutz from having a clear run on goal in the 35th minute before Lewandowski gave Dortmund a deserved lead five minutes later. He rose to head Gotze's corner from the right and beat Ter Stegen, who got enough onto the ball to push it away from his team-mate Daems on the line, but it still crept inside the post.
Dortmund seemed pretty comfortable with their lead until the 72nd minute. Bobadilla passed the ball into the path of Hanke, who released a low shot from 20 yards which beat Roan Weidenfeller into the bottom right-hand corner.