Champions Borussia Dortmund had goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to thank for a string of late saves as they drew 1-1 at Bayern Munich on Saturday, leaving the Bavarians eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Bayern took the lead against the run of play with a fine 67th-minute shot from Toni Kroos and seven minutes later Mario Goetze slotted in a deserved equaliser for the visitors from a Marco Reus corner.
Weidenfeller then pulled off several superb stops in the closing stages including a spectacular one-handed effort to push a point-blank Javi Martinez header past the post.
Bayern, who ended a five-game losing streak against Dortmund but have not beaten their rivals since February 2010, have 38 points and are 11 ahead of the champions who remain third.
Defender Holger Badstuber tore cruciate ligaments in his right knee and will be sidelined for Bayern for several months.
Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen beat Nuremberg 1-0 to claim their sixth win in seven games.
Schalke 04 are without a win in four Bundesliga matches after salvaging a 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach with a late equaliser.Reuters