Chasers falter as Wolfsburg draw

Second-placed Wolfsburg are now nine points behind Pep Guardiola’s men after being surprisingly held 1-1 at home by Paderborn – only the second time they have failed to win a league game at the VW-Arena this term.

Vieirinha put the Wolves in front in the 17th minute, but a missed penalty from Ivan Perisic and numerous spurned chances from Bas Dost meant they only took a 1-0 lead with them into the break.

Alban Meha then levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half and then it was a mixture of Wolfsburg’s wastefulness and Paderborn goalkeeper Lukas Kruse’s heroics which denied the hosts.

In Sunday’s other Bundesliga match, rival high-flyers Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach also played out a 1-1 draw at the BayArena.

Hakan Calhanoglu gave the hosts an 18th-minute lead, but Roel Brouwers levelled for Lucien Favre’s men just before half-time.

Despite both sides’ endeavours, there was no room for a winner as they shared the spoils to move level on 24 points with Augsburg, who lost 4-0 at home to runaway leaders Bayern on Saturday.

Sunday’s results mean that of the nine teams immediately below Bayern in the table, only Hoffenheim managed to pick up a win this weekend.