BERLIN (AFP) – Bayern Munich finished the weekend nine points clear in the Bundesliga after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home by mid-table Paderborn on Sunday.
Wolves’ took a 1-0 lead after Paderborn centre-back Rafael Gomez turned the ball into his own net on 17 minutes and the hosts should have finished the first-half 3-0 up.
Paderborn goalkeeper Lukas Kruse, who had a superb match, saved a penalty by Wolfsburg’s Ivan Perisic with half an hour gone, then Wolves’ Dutch striker Bas Dost had a goal ruled out just before the break after fouling a defender.
Paderborn midfielder Alban Meha converted a penalty on 51 minutes to pull his side level, before both Dost, twice, and Perisic were only denied by point-blank saves by Kruse as Wolves hunted a second goal to no avail.
Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach claimed a point each with a 1-1 draw to move up the table to third and fourth respectively to lag six points behind Wolfsburg.
Hosts Leverkusen opened the scoring at the BayArena when Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu curled a superb shot over Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer with 18 minutes gone.
But Gladbach drew level when Dutch defender Roel Brouwers scored his first goal of the season after he poked home his shot from a corner just before the half-time break.