Footbuzz: Borussia Held Bayern
Posted November 16, 2008on:
BERLIN: United States midfielder Michael Bradley’s late equaliser sealed Borussia Moenchengladbach’s stunning fight-back to claim a 2-2 draw and end Bayern Munich’s winning streak yesterday as Leverkusen stayed top of the league.
Franck Ribery and Luca Toni had put Bayern 2-0 up at Gladbach, before the home side scored twice in the last 15 minutes to keep Bayern third in the table.
Canada striker Rob Friend scored with a header on 78 minutes before Bradley got his head to a cross on 81 minutes to share the points and bring Bayern’s five-match winning streak to an end.
Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen stayed top of the Bundesliga after their 2-1 win over Schalke 04 thanks to first-half goals by Germany strikers Patrick Helmes and Stefan Kiessling.
Schalke’s Kevin Kuranyi scored a consolation goal as Leverkusen were reduced to ten men with just over an hour played when Gonzalo Castro was sent off on 67 minutes, but the league leaders hung on.
Second-placed Hoffenheim had a tough time as guests Wolfsburg twice equalised as the scores were locked 2-2 at half-time.
Two goals in three minutes gave Hertha Berlin a 2-1 win over Hamburg at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to fire the home side to fourth in the table.
Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
In yesterday’s other results, VfB Stuttgart drew 0-0 with Armenia Bielefeld and Energie Cottbus picked up only their second win of the season when they beat Karlsruhe 1-0.
On Friday, Hanover and Bochum drew 1-1. — AFP
Cech out of Cup qualifier
PRAGUE: Petr Cech will miss the Czech Republic’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Wednesday because of a thigh muscle injury.
Czech team spokesman Lukas Tucek said Cech had asked coach Petr Rada to be excused duty for the Group 3 game because of the injury.
The Chelsea goalkeeper, who played in the London club’s most recent Premier League game — against Blackburn last Sunday, picked up a thigh injury during the Czech Republic’s 2-1 defeat to Poland on Oct 11.
That saw him sit out the national team’s 1-0 win over Slovenia four days later.
Anderlecht keeper Daniel Zitka will likely take Cech’s starting spot, coach Rada having called up Berlin’s Jaroslav Drobny as back-up. — AFP
Rangers survive late scare
GLASGOW: Rangers survived a late scare to close the gap on Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic to just one point as they defeated St Mirren 2-1 at Ibrox here yesterday.
They did so thanks to a selfless shift from Scottish striker Kenny Miller who set-up both Kris Boyd and Steven Davis to score but couldn’t get the goal his display merited.
Aberdeen drew 2-2 with Hibernian at Pittodrie with goals from Darren Mackie and Zander Diamond for the Dons and Rob Jones and Steven Fletcher for Hibs.
Michael Higdon scored the only goal of the match as Falkirk defeated Motherwell 1-0.
Jamie Hammill and David Fernandez goals sealed a 2-0 win for Kilmarnock over Dundee United while Bruno Aguiar’s first-half goal secured a 1-0 win for Hearts over Inverness Caledonian Thistle. — AFP
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