Bundesliga Draw At Karlsruhe Denies Bayer Top Spot
Posted November 9, 2008on:
Karlsruhe’s Sebastian Freis (left) is challenged by Bayer’s Michal Kadlec in their Bundesliga match yesterday. The match ended 3-3. – REUTERSpic
BERLIN: Bayer Leverkusen squandered the chance to take over at the top of the Bundesliga yesterday as their 3-0 lead slipped to a 3-3 draw at Karlsruhe.
With both league leaders Hoffenheim and defending champions Bayern Munich playing today, Bayer missed out on their fifth straight league win while Karlsruhe finally broke a five-game losing streak to share the points.
Bayer’s Germany squad members Patrick Helmes and Stefan Kiessling scored goals in the first 17 minutes before a direct free-kick from Michal Kadlec on 24 minutes stunned Karlsruhe to leave the hosts 3-0 down.
But midfielder Antonio da Silva put Karlsruhe back in the game with a goal just before the break and a header from defender Tim Sebastian on 60 minutes put the home team right back in contention.
With Karlsruhe fighting for every drop of possession, Georgia striker Alexander Iashvili hit the equaliser ten minutes from time to share the points.
Hamburg moved back up to third with a 2-1 win at home to Borussia Dortmund and having been hammered 3-0 in the Champions League in midweek by Panathinaikos, Werder Bremen drew 0-0 with strugglers VfL Bochum.
A hat-trick from Brazilian star Grafite including a first-half penalty gave Felix Magath-coached Wolfsburg a 3-0 win at home to bottom side Energie Cottbus which put Wolfsburg up to sixth in the table.
Mid-table Cologne enjoyed a 2-1 win over Hanover on Friday night.
New Straits Times