Bay­ern held again in Bun­desliga

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Bay­ern Mu­nich's early-sea­son eu­pho­ria has van­ished af­ter a 2-2 draw at 10-man Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt in the Bun­desliga on Satur­day for the Ger­man gi­ant's third con­sec­u­tive game with­out a win.

Ris­ing star Joshua Kim­mich looked to have dug Bay­ern out of a hole again, scor­ing to put the league lead­ers 2-1 ahead, min­utes be­fore the vis­i­tors' po­si­tion was made even more com­fort­able with Sz­abolcs Huszti's send­ing off.

Huszti, who had can­celled out Ar­jen Robben's early goal, was shown his sec­ond yel­low card for mak­ing a mo­tion with his head to­ward Re­nato Sanches' fore­head.

But Frank­furt — which hadn't scored in the league against Bay­ern since April 2011 — grabbed an un­likely equal­izer when Ti­mothy Chan­dler crossed for Marco Fabian to score with his chest from close range with 12 min­utes re­main­ing.

Bay­ern, which had won its first five league games, has now drawn against Cologne and Frank­furt, while it also lost 1-0 at Atletico Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Cologne, one of four un­beaten sides re­main­ing, took ad­van­tage of Bay­ern's slip by beat­ing In­gol­stadt 2-1 at home to go sec­ond, two points be­hind Ancelotti's side.

WERDER BRE­MEN 2, BAYER LEV­ERKUSEN 1

Ous­man Man­neh, a 19-yearold for­mer refugee thrust into the lime­light due to in­juries to Bre­men's reg­u­lar strik­ers, proved the hero with his first Bun­desliga goal.

"I came here in 2014," Man­neh said of his ar­rival from Gam­bia. "All I wanted to do was play foot­ball. That's what I fol­lowed un­til today I'm here. I'm very happy."

Zlatko Junuzovic fired Bre­men ahead early, slam­ming home the re­bound af­ter Bernd Leno did well to block Man­neh's ini­tial ef­fort.

Hakan Cal­hanoglu equal­ized shortly af­ter­ward.

The vis­i­tors kept up the pres­sure as Bre­men was in­creas­ingly forced back. Cal­hanoglu drew a smart save from Felix Wied­wald be­fore the break, when Bre­men saw Serge Gnabry forced off in­jured. But Man­neh stretched to grab the goal be­fore the hour-mark, and Bre­men held on for its sec­ond win un­der for­mer un­der-23 coach Alexander Nouri.

COLOGNE 2, IN­GOL­STADT 1 An­thony Modeste fired Cologne ahead mid­way through the first half with his sixth goal of the sea­son, stop­ping Yuya Osako's pass ac­ro­bat­i­cally with his first touch and then smash­ing it past In­gol­stadt 'keeper Or­jan Ny­land with his next.

The French striker made it 2-0 with a penalty be­fore the break, awarded af­ter To­bias Lev­els brought down Osako, to be­come the league's top scorer.

Lukas Hin­ter­seer scored the vis­i­tors' con­so­la­tion from the penalty spot in the fi­nal minute.

In­gol­stadt slipped bot­tom af­ter fail­ing to win any of its open­ing seven games.

MOENCHENGLAD­BACH 0, HAM­BURGER SV 0

'Glad­bach dom­i­nated but missed two penal­ties.

Ham­burg, like In­gol­stadt wait­ing for its first win, seemed in trou­ble when last de­fender Cle­ber was sent off in the 26th minute for bring­ing down Lars Stindl.

But Rene Adler saved the re­sul­tant penalty from An­dre Hahn, while Stindl struck the cross­bar with an­other penalty around the hour-mark. TV re­plays showed Ibrahima Traore fell eas­ily un­der Dou­glas San­tos' chal­lenge.

AUGS­BURG 1, SCHALKE 1 Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl was hop­ing for more from his visit to the club he coached for four suc­cess­ful sea­sons, af­ter claim­ing just one win and five de­feats from his first six games with his new side.

Na­bil Ben­taleb fired the vis­i­tors ahead with a bril­liant strike from dis­tance — in off the cross­bar — in the 65th. The ball came out again but there was no doubt it crossed the line.

How­ever, Daniel Baier equal­ized against the run of play for Augs­burg with an­other fine shot to the top right cor­ner.

Schalke striker Breel Em­bolo, who had ear­lier struck the post, was stretchered off with a bro­ken left an­kle af­ter a clumsy chal­lenge from Kon­stanti­nos Stafy­lidis. The club said the Swiss striker would be out for the rest of the year.

HOF­FEN­HEIM 2, FREIBURG 1 An­drej Kra­maric was the hero for un­beaten Hof­fen­heim with a late win­ner from the penalty spot, just min­utes af­ter Flo­rian Nieder­lech­ner had can­celled out San­dro Wag­ner's first half goal.

Frank­furt's Marco Fabian, left, and Bay­ern's Re­nato Sanchez

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