BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen held Bayern Munich to 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, ensuring neither side could take full advantage of Borussia Dortmund's earlier 2-0 loss at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Bayern was unable to turn almost complete domination into goals at Leverkusen, despite boasting more than two-thirds possession and outshooting the home side by 27 shots to five.
Toni Kroos fired Bayern ahead in the 29th minute, when Franck Ribery pulled the ball back for the unmarked former Leverkusen player to rifle his shot under the crossbar.
Leverkusen pulled one back out of nothing a minute later, when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer failed to deal with Lars Bender's cross and then parried Sebastian Boenisch's shot from the rebound to Sidney Sam, who scored from close range.
Thomas Mueller should have restored Bayern's lead five minutes later when he headed over with the goal at his mercy, and Bayern missed a host more chances with Leverkusen 'keeper Bernd Leno in inspired form.
"Leverkusen played with 11 players and one of these players was Bernd Leno. When Leno is such an outstanding goalkeeper ..." Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
Mueller might have had a penalty in the second half, when he appeared to be pulled back by Omer Toprak, yet Bayern had ample other opportunities.
"I don't know. We did everything," Guardiola said. "Congratulations to my players. We're first in the table. I'm proud of our performance. We played very, very well. And that's football."
Bayern moved one point ahead of Dortmund, which is level with Leverkusen after eight games.
Dortmund dominated its game in Moenchengladbach but was dealt a blow when Mats Hummels was sent off after conceding a penalty by fouling Havard Nordtveit with 10 minutes to go.
Max Kruse scored from the spot a minute later, five minutes before Juan Arango set up Raffael to seal Dortmund's first defeat of the season.
"The defeat is down to our own stupidity," Dortmund winger Kevin Grosskreutz said. "'Gladbach have a very good team, which we dominated over 80 minutes. If only we'd scored."
Dortmund had 27 shots on goal compared to the home side's six, but failed to get past 'Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
"The 2-0 was clearly undeserved after 90 minutes," acknowledged Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre.