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Dortmund throw away two-goal lead in Frankfurt draw

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Frankfurt’s Argentinian defender David Abraham (L) vies with Dortmund’s Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the German First division Bundesliga football match Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund in Frankfurt am Main, central Germany, on October 21, 2017. Daniel ROLAND / AFP

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday as the pressure remains on goalkeeper Roman Burki.

Dortmund are winless in their last three games after losing 3-2 at home to RB Leipzig last Saturday and drawing 1-1 at Cypriot side APOEL on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Goals by Turkey international Nuri Sahin and winger Maximilian Philipp either side of the break put Dortmund 2-0 up, but Eintracht roared back with two goals in four second-half minutes.

French striker Sebastien Haller slotted home a penalty on 64 minutes before midfielder Marius Wolf levelled shortly after.

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Dortmund stay top on 20 points, just three ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich, who are at strugglers Hamburg later on Saturday, and one ahead of RB Leipzig, who won 1-0 at home to VfB Stuttgart.

Dortmund took the lead just a minute after Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic had a goal disallowed for offside as Marc Bartra’s long-range pass was converted on 19 minutes by Sahin, who sprinted 80 metres to celebrate with Burki.

Dortmund’s Swiss shot-stopper extended his contract at Dortmund until 2021 on Friday.

It was a vote of confidence by the club after Burki endured sharp criticism for a mistake which allowed APOEL to take a shock lead in Tuesday’s Champions League draw.

Before kick-off, sporting director Michael Zorc told Sky Burki has Dortmund’s full backing, but another mistake by their goalkeeper in Frankfurt let Eintracht back in the game.

Philipp had made it 2-0 when he fired home Mario Goetze’s final pass on 57 minutes, but Frankfurt were then handed a route back into the game when Burki brought down Rebic, and Haller fired home the spot-kick.

With Dortmund’s defence struggling, midfielder Wolf curled home the equaliser on 68 minutes.

In pushing to restore the lead, Dortmund gave a Bundesliga debut to 17-year-old ex-Manchester City midfielder Jadon Sancho, who was released by England from the Under-17 World Cup in India.

Frankfurt’s point could have come at a price as USA wide man Timothy Chandler limped off with a knee injury on 37 minutes.

RB Leipzig, who face Bayern twice next week — at home on Wednesday in the German Cup, then away next Saturday in the Bundesliga — followed their midweek Champions League win over Porto with a narrow win against Stuttgart.

Midfielder Marcel Sabitzer netted the winner midway through the first half when his shot looped over Stuttgart’s Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen are ninth after a stunning 5-1 romp at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

US international Fabian Johnson gave Gladbach a seventh-minute lead after meeting Thorgan Hazard’s cross at the far post.

However, Leverkusen roared back with five second-half goals, four of which came in a dazzling 21-minute spell, through Sven Bender, Leon Bailey, Julian Brandt, Kevin Volland and Joel Pohjanpalo.

Michael Gregoritsch’s long-range shot gave Augsburg a first-half lead at home against Hanover 96, but substitute Niclas Fuellkrug scored two second-half goals as the visitors came back to win 2-1.


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