Berlin: Ten-man Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich battled to a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke 04 on Tuesday as they struggled to bounce back from last week`s heavy defeat at VfL Wolfsburg.
Arjen Robben headed the hosts in front after 67 minutes as Bayern, who suffered their first league setback with a 4-1 loss at second-placed Wolfsburg on Friday, dug deep after Jerome Boateng gave away a penalty and was sent off in the 17th minute.
Schalke failed to score from the spot kick with Manuel Neuer saving Eric-Maxim Choupo`s weak effort but after Robben`s goal Benedikt Hoewedes levelled with a glancing header in the 72nd to rescue a point and keep his team in fourth place on 31.
Champions Bayern managed to protect their eight point lead over a Wolfsburg side who failed to replicate last week`s form, rescuing a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne`s 88th minute equaliser, his third goal in two games.
Bayern have 46 points ahead of Wolfsburg with 38 while third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, on 33, closed the gap on the wolves thanks to a 1-0 win over visiting Freiburg with Patrick Herrmann on target.
Last season`s Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund, who are bottom of the table, host in-form Augsburg on Wednesday.