Munich: Jupp Heyncke`s men bossed the game in Bavaria from start to finish but were indebted to Xherdan Shaqiri for salvaging a point against obdurate opponents
Bayern Munich battered Borussia Monchengladbach throughout their Bundesliga clash on Friday night, but the leaders were ultimately held to a 1-1 draw by their resilient visitors.
For a long time, it appeared as if it might be one of those nights for the Bavarians, who fell behind midway through the first half to a disputed penalty from Thorben Marx. However, Xherdan Shaqiri netted his first Bundesliga goal to level matters just before the hour mark, and the hosts looked certain to force a winner.
They were unable to do so, though, meaning Bayern failed to match their own record for the best first half of a Bundesliga season.
A home victory had looked inevitable right from the off, with Franck Ribery particularly prominent early on. The Frenchman caused all sorts of problems with his movement and quick feet.
However, the visitors weathered the early storm and then silenced the Allianz Arena by taking the lead against the run of play 21 minutes in.
Tolga Cigerci tried to dink the ball to the far post, but his cross struck the arm of Boateng. The defender had turned his back on the ball, but referee Tobias Welz pointed to the spot regardless and Marx drilled home the resulting penalty to put Monchengladbach a goal to the good.
Bayern were left enraged by the penalty decision but they channelled their aggression in the right way and set about peppering Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal with shots. The Gladbach goalkeeper pulled off a spectacular one-handed save to keep out Ribery’s drive from the edge of the area, though he was merely a spectator when Dante’s header from a corner clipped the top of the crossbar.
It had been an eventful few minutes for Dante, who had been on hand to clear off the line after Manuel Neuer had come running out of his area to intercept a long ball forward only to beaten to it by Cigerci.
However, even though Bayern looked vulnerable to the counterattack, Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes opted to make a very attacking substitution just before half-time, sending on Shaqiri in place of Javi Martinez.