The Bundesliga resumed on Friday after an unprecedented two-month winter break between Bayern Munich and Leipzig, which saw a faultless 1-1 draw.
Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg equalized after Erik Maxim Chopo-Motting’s first-half strike as third-placed Leipzig stayed six points behind league leaders Bayern.
“After a two-month break we did well and there were other things we could have done better,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said. “We were a little too busy in the final third.”
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer made his Bayern debut on Thursday as a replacement for the injured Manuel Neuer following his move from Borussia Mönchengladbach, but the Swiss goalkeeper had little chance to shine in a lackluster contest.
“I was really looking forward to it,” Sommer said. “Of course, a new team, and I’m a new goalkeeper, so it wasn’t always perfect, but it was fun. We would have loved to win.”
The German league’s winter break was extended to accommodate the World Cup, which itself was moved to mid-season to avoid the sweltering summer temperatures in Qatar.
Bayern, who also had their winter training camp in the Persian Gulf nation, enjoyed the better start with Serge Gnabry’s deflected shot hitting the post and Leon Goretzka having a goal disallowed for offside. .
Gnabry reached for Choupo-Moting to break the deadlock in the 37th.
Halstenberg equalized early in the second half, but Bayern were unhappy with Andre Silva’s foul on Joshua Kimmich. Goretzka was booked for excessive protest. Kimmich was already more to blame for his negligence.
The draw leaves Bayern five points behind second-placed Freiburg, who visit Wolfsburg on Saturday. Bayern are chasing an 11th consecutive German championship title.
This story was published without editing the text from a wire agency feed.
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