Below-par Bayern Munich dropped points for the first time since November in a disappointing 1-1 home draw against resolute Schalke on Saturday.
It all looked plain sailing when Robert Lewandowski chipped the German champions ahead as early as the ninth minute. But Brazilian defender Naldo’s rasping free kick completely deceived ex-Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal only four minutes later to provide a shock equaliser for the visitors.
Bayern could easily have surrendered their proud unbeaten home record against a sharp Schalke side. With the precious point, they moved four points clear of RB Leipzig, who kindly lost at Borussia Dortmund. Wonder if Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will again deliver a wagon full of Weisswurst and Weissbier to Dortmund?
After fortunate victories in Freiburg and Bremen following a month’s hibernation, Bayern were slow and ponderous once again and deservedly had to settle for a point — despite going ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.