The hosts got off to the ideal start, with Emmanuel Adebayor putting them 1-0 up with less than one minute on the clock.
However, a late strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson ensured that the spoils were shared.
Find out how the action unfolded with our minute-by-minute text commentary below.
"It's unfortunate because we don't like big players to be out because they're part of the game and part of what makes the Premier League so special.
"But when you're the opposing manager against arguably the best player in the league at this moment in time, it's not a bad thing to have him out."
"We've had [Bale's] absence before in different moments of the season and we had people stepping up to the game.
"When an injury happens to a player who has played most of the time it allows another player to step in. We have those players - Sigurdsson has gone back to his goalscoring form, scoring two during the internationals and once against Basel, and Holtby was also at a very, very good level."