Bayern Munich give up late lead to suffer fresh title blow


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SC Freiburg forward Lucas Höler scored an 87th-minute goal on Friday to snatch a 2-2 draw against visitors Bayern Munich, whose Bundesliga title hopes suffered a further blow.

The result left champions Bayern, who have 54 points from 24 league matches, seven behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who can 10 points clear with 10 games remaining with a win over Cologne on Sunday.

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Bayern, preparing to host Italy's Lazio in their Champions League round of 16 second leg next week, suffered a nightmare start to their record 2,000th Bundesliga game with the hosts finding spaces to attack.

The Bavarians had keeper Manuel Neuer to thank for keeping them in the game with a string of outstanding saves early in the first half.

Harry Kane and Bayern Munich dropped more points against Freiburg to leave their title hopes hanging by a thread.
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Freiburg took their chances against a crisis-hit Bayern, who will part ways with coach Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season, and were rewarded with a 12th minute lead.

Neuer first spectacularly palmed a Roland Sallai header away, then saw the Hungarian's rebound bicycle kick bounce off the post before Christian Günter rifled in.

The hosts had half a dozen chances to score again in a strong half hour before Bayern hit against the run of play with an unstoppable long-range shot from Mathys Tel in the 35th.

The visitors looked sharper after the break and came close with Jamal Musiala and Harry Kane before the former launched a solo run down the left, cut into the box and curled a low shot past the Freiburg keeper to compete their comeback.

Freiburg, however, struck in the 87th with Holer bagging the late equaliser after a fine turn and shot in the box. Bayern have now managed just one win from their last four league games.