Bayern Munich were held to a draw away against Hertha Berlin in their first match after head coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, with much flaws still evident in the squad.
Playing three days after the departure of Ancelotti, who left after a 3-0 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain, Bayern responded brightly with a dominant first half, but were pushed back — and lost winger Franck Ribery to injury — after the break, leaving the defending Bundesliga champions in second place and five points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.
With Willy Sagnol filling in for Ancelotti at the helm of Bayern’s leadership, the team went in front on 10 minutes when the unmarked Mats Hummels powered an impressive header past Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein. – Cara Daftar Sbobet
Hertha were awarded a penalty six minutes later when Vladimir Darida collided with Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez, but after consulting the video review system introduced into the Bundesliga this season, referee Harm Osmers reversed his decision and restarted play with a drop ball.
Martinez could have doubled Bayern’s lead on 31 minutes but headed Ribery’s cross over the bar instead, before Robert Lewandowski had a shot cleared off the line by Hertha defender Niklas Stark as the visitors threatened at will.
Hertha forward Salomon Kalou fired over the crossbar just before half-time but it was who Lewandowski finally scored to double Bayern’s lead four minutes after the break, taking advantage of weak defending.
However, Pal Dardai’s side responded and managed to hit back as Ondrej Duda poked home after a teasing run and cross from Genki Haraguchi on 51 minutes.
Kalou then equalized as Bayern’s defence opened up again, with Corentin Tolisso failing to clear Marvin Plattenhardt’s routine free-kick into the box.
Bayern’s afternoon worsened as Ribery was carried off on the hour with a knee problem after over-extending his leg to control the ball; in his place, Sagnol sent on Kingsley Coman and summer signing Niklas Sule to search — ultimately in vain — for a winner.