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BVB fall 17 points behind Bayern



Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were the big winners Sunday as both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen played to away draws, leaving Munich 17 points clear of second place.

Two-time reigning champions Dortmund did not do enough in playing to a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach, but remained in second place as Leverkusen were held to a 0-0 draw at last-placed Greuther Fuerth.

Mario Goetze opened the scoring from the spot in the 31st minute for Dortmund before Amin Younes's first Bundesliga goal equalized in the 67th minute.

Dortmund, who had won six of their last eight matches, improved to 43 points - well behind Bayern's 60 points with 11 match days remaining -one point ahead of Leverkusen.

Bayern displayed their dominance once again on Saturday with a 6-1 route of Werder Bremen to extend their winning streak to six games in the Bundesliga.

"We had the game in our grip and we cannot let this game end in a draw," said Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl.

"We have to finish off a game like this with our kind of class," added Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus.

"We just didn't move well enough. It's not common for us."

Dortmund missed an early chance in the eighth minute by Kevin Grosskreutz, but jumped ahead 31 minutes in from the spot.

Gladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen took down Goetze in the box and the 20-year-old German international stepped up and buried the penalty into the lower left corner.

Dortmund seemed to dominate play, but could not create much offensively, meaning it was Gladbach who neared the goal.

Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller calmly collected a drop kick attempt from the edge of the box by Younes in the 56th minute and held Martin Stranzl's header six minutes later.

The hosts finally grabbed the equalizer in the 67th minute on a counter-attack with Oscar Wendt's cross being deflected to the feet of Younes and the 19-year-old - playing in his second Bundesliga match - watched his shot bounce off Dortmund defender Felipe Santana and in.

Both teams missed golden chances to win the game in the waning minutes as Peniel Mlapa shot only into the side netting in the 90th minute and Kehl somehow missed the target from five yards out two minutes into injury time.

"I could have won it in the end and it's really bitter. I have to put that in," said Kehl.

Gladbach have 31 points - three points from the international ranks.

By holding Leverkusen to 0-0 at home, Fuerth earned a huge point in their fight against relegation, moving to 13 points - five points behind the relegation playoff spot.

Fuerth had an inspirational showing for coach Ludwig Preis, who is the interim boss following the sacking of Mike Bueskens.

Fuerth had a good chance at the half hour mark, but Gonzalo Castro cleared Mergim Mavraj's header at the line.

Leverkusen missed a series of chances four minutes from the break with Fuerth keeper Wolfgang Hesl twice stopping Stefan Kiessling. Johannes Geis then saved Andre Schuerrle's looping rebound attempt at the line.

Both sides were motivated to grab a victory, but could not seriously threaten the other side's keeper after the restart.

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