Karlsruher - An entertaining affair between Karlsruher SC and SV Sandhausen at the Wildparkstadion ended in a 1-1 draw, as the hosts passed up the chance to close the gap at the Bundesliga 2 summit.

Without a win in four, Sandhausen were on the back foot early as a confident Karlsruher fired shots in through Ilian Micanski and Daniel Gordon. It took 20 minutes for the visitors to settle, but when they did, they hardly looked overawed, despite their league position. Andrew Wooten spurned two opportunities, and although they began to monopolise possession, Karlsruher always carried a threat, particularly through Enrico Valentini on the right.

The game burst into life after the break as Karlsruher upped the ante. The in-form Hiroki Yamada was influential, and in the 65th-minute, thenhosts' pressure paid off when Manuel Torres’ deflected shot wrong-footed Marco Knaller in the Sandhausen goal. Not to go down without a fight, Sandhausen began their own resistance, finding the net seven minutes later as a miscued clearance bounced in off Manuel Stiefler from close-range for the equaliser. Karlsruher searched for a late winner, but the point leaves them in seventh and lifts Sandhausen to 13th.

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