BERLIN (AFP) – Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 draw at home to Mainz 05 on Sunday meant defending champions Bayern Munich finished the weekend four points clear in the Bundesliga.
An early strike by Germany squad member Max Kruse for ‘Gladbach at Borussia Park was cancelled out by a dubious first-half penalty, converted by midfielder Jonas Hofmann.
Referee Manuel Graefe awarded Mainz a spot-kick after the ball clipped the hand of Borussia defender Julian Korb from a cross and Hofmann, who is on loan from Borussia Dortmund, converted the penalty.
Hosts ‘Gladbach were denied a late winner by a goal-mouth scramble and the single point left them third, missing out on the chance to reclaim second place from Hoffenheim, who beat Schalke 04 2-1 on Sunday.
The result in Moenchengladbach means Pep Guardiola’s Bayern now have a significant lead over the chasing pack after their 4-0 romp over Hanover 96 on Saturday at Munich’s Allianz Arena.