Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalise on an opportunity to overtake Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Kaiserslautern.
Kaiserslautern played a tight defensive unit, preventing the defending champions from finding their usual passing patterns. The home side were not as fluid with Mario Götze on the bench, not fully fit.
With the game still deadlocked in the first half, Robert Lewandowski hit the bar with an improved overhead kick following a goalmouth scramble.
The home side eventually opened the scoring just before the half hour mark when Ilkay Gündogan’s pass to Kevin Großkreutz on the edge of the penalty area who cleverly flicked it past Rodnei to set up Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese playmaker fired his effort early past Kevin Trapp into the bottom corner.
Kagawa had a chance to double Dortmund’s lead shortly after but his attempt flashed wide of the Kaiserslautern goal. Mats Hummels came closer to doubling BVB’s lead just before half time, but his header was blocked by a combination of Olcay Sahan and the post.
As Borussia Dortmund failed to take advantage of their possession and opportunities by failing to score a second goal, Kaiserslautern made them pay the price by snatching an equaliser on the hour. The goal came out of the blue when Lukasz Piszczek’s header was spectacularly volleyed home by Sahan.
Mario Götze was brought on in the final half hour but Jürgen Klopp’s side failed to retake the lead. Hummels headed another effort onto the post, whilst Lewandowski wasted a great opportunity from just 8 yards.
Itay Schechter could have won the game for the visitors with an unmarked header from 6 yards but for a fantastic save from Roman Weidenfeller. Borussia Dortmund put the pressure on late on but the Red Devils held film.
This draw means Borussia Dortmund have dropped points for only the second time at the Signal Iduna Arena this season. Klopp’s side finish the first half the season with a trip to SC Freiburg next week.