Injury-hit side held at home amid Flick unrest
Bayern Munich 1
FC Union Berlin 1 BUNDESLIGA leaders Bayern Munich saw their lead cut to five points with six games left after they stumbled to a home draw with Union Berlin.
Teenager Jamal Musiala,
18, had put a secondstring Bayern team ahead in the 68th minute, picking up a Thomas Muller pass and weaving past three players in the box before firing in.
But on 86 minutes Union Berlin’s Marcus Ingvartsen bundled home for a share of the points
– and gave Bayern a scare in the race for the finishing line.
The Bavarians, missing nine players through injury or illness including top striker Robert Lewandowski and winger
Serge Gnabry, dominated possession but let their guard down four minutes from time, allowing Ingvartsen to bundle in a cut-back.
Bayern were far from their best with an unusual line-up that included Josip Stanisic, who was making his senior debut, and rarely threatened.
They had endured a tumultuous week with their 3-2 home loss to Paris SaintGermain in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday amid growing speculation regarding the future of coach Hansi Flick.
Flick, a front-runner for the Germany job after the Euros, has had an uneasy relationship with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and before the game refused to answer questions about his future.
Flick said: “It’s a pity we conceded a late goal. A win for us would have been fair. It’s two points lost. We have to lick our wounds and make sure we are ready for the big event on Tuesday.”
Bayern are now on 65 points, five ahead of secondplaced RB Leipzig, who beat Werder Bremen 4-1 away.
Eintracht Frankfurt tightened their hold on fourth with a 4-3 home win over third-placed VfL Wolfsburg. Eintracht are on 53, a point behind the Wolves, and 10 ahead of fifthplaced Borussia Dortmund.