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Result: Freiburg hold Bayer Leverkusen to draw

Bayer Leverkusen lose ground on Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga following a goalless draw with Freiburg.

Each team had a man sent off as Bayer Leverksuen were held to a goalless draw by Freiburg on Saturday.

For much of the first half, it looked like the supporters would have to sit through an uneventful 45 minutes, but Emir Spahic ensured there would be drama as he picked up a second yellow card just before the half-hour mark to throw Leverkusen into trouble.

Freiburg grew in confidence after the dismissal, and created the first chance of the game before the break when Felix Klaus sent a powerful strike past the post.

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender vies with Freiburg's midfielder Julian Schuster during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Freiburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Freiburg, southwestern Germany on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

Bernd Leno was then forced to make an important save in first-half stoppage time to prevent Christian Gunter's free kick from creeping in at the near post.

Despite seeing the odds stacked against them, Bayern were inches away from breaking the deadlock in the second half when Hakan Calhanoglu fired a long-range effort just over the crossbar.

Freiburg's challenge faded as their numerical advantage was quickly forgotten, with only Roman Burki stopping Karim Bellarabi from opening the scoring after beating three defenders.

Burki would play a vital role late on as he denied both Heung-Min Son and Wendell during a strong Leverkusen finish.

It was a level playing field once again in the 78th minute when Pavel Krmas received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, but any chance of a late winner was gone when Son struck the crossbar with free kick.

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CBayern MunichBayern342644100326882
2Borussia DortmundDortmund34216784414369
3RB Leipzig341812481374466
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach34205966402665
5Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen35197962451764
6Hoffenheim34157125353052
7Wolfsburg341310114846249
8Freiburg34139124847148
9Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt34136155960-145
10Hertha Berlin34118154859-1141
11Union BerlinUnion Berlin34125174158-1741
12Schalke 04Schalke35913133959-2040
13Augsburg35109164663-1739
14Mainz 0535114204466-2237
15FC Koln34106185169-1836
16Werder Bremen3487194269-2731
RFortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf34612163667-3130
RSC PaderbornSC Paderborn3448223774-3720

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