Superb Sahan strike foils Dortmund

Berlin: Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund completed their third game without win when they were held 1-1 at home by Kaiserslautern after a superb Olcay Sahan strike gave the visitors a surprise point.

As in the previous two matches, Dortmund scored first only to see their efforts undone after halftime.

Held 1-1 by Borussia Moenchengladbach of last weekend and beaten 3-2 at home by Olympique Marseille in the Champions League in midweek, Dortmund went ahead through Shinji Kagawa in the 27th minute.

Ilkay Gundogan found Kagawa on the edge the area and the Japan midfielder drilled his effort into the bottom left-hand corner.

Kaiserslautern, 15th in the table, levelled on the hour when Lukasz Piszczek mis-directed a headed clearance and the ball fell to Sahan, who fired a dipping volley beyond bemused goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

The visitors nearly snatched a win when Itay Shechter`s header was stopped on the line by Weidenfeller and, although the Israeli forced over the rebound, his effort was disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper.

Mario Goetze then rattled the bar for Dortmund who were unable to find the winner despite a bout of late pressure.

Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Schalke 04 were level at the top on 31 points with the Bavarians away to VfB Stuttgart in the weekend`s final match.

Bureau Report

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