Hoffenheim stopped leaders Bayern Munich by dropping them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday in the opening of the 26th stage of the Bundesliga and provided a clear benefit to Borussia Dortmund.
Hoffenheim was the initiator in scoring through Austrian Christoph Baumgartner (32) but came out in the 73rd minute due to injury, while Bayern equalized thanks to the Polish Robert Lewandowski (45+2) strengthening his lead in the top scorer of the”Bundesliga” with 29 goals.
Lewandowski followed up in scoring after a hattrick against Austria’s Salzburg 7-1 in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, helping his side qualify for the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw.
The Bavarian giants, seeking their 10th consecutive title, fell to a draw for the second successive game after a 1-1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, and faced strong opposition from Hoffenheim who have four straight wins, before snatching a precious point from the defending champions.
Bayern increased their lead to 60 points, 10 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who face a relatively easy test on Sunday against Armenia Bielefeld with a game postponed, nine stages before the end of the season.
The draw was not in Hoffenheim’s favor either, as Freiburg’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg snatched the Champions League final fourth place, with 44 points apiece.