Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to score a dramatic stoppage time equaliser for FC Bayern Munich in a 1-1 draw away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon.
Bayern may have thrashed Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League during the week, but Hertha were evidently not intimidated by that muscular display and started boldly against the Bundesliga leaders here. Pal Dardai's men were aggressive, full of running and gave their visitors no time to settle on the ball, and deservedly edged ahead when Vedad Ibisevic flicked in Marvin Plattenhardt's free-kick from the left.
Bayern pushed forward in search of an equaliser but found no way through a robust and well-organised Hertha backline. Lewandowski was brought off the bench with 30 minutes left in an effort to ignite Bayern's attack, but the hosts continued to break forward on the counter and cause problems of their own. As the clock wound down it looked like Hertha were on course to celebrate a famous victory, only for Lewandowski to prod in from close range in the sixth minute of stoppage time to rescue a dramatic point for Carlo Ancelotti's men.
Man of the Match
Genki Haraguchi is one of a number of unsung heroes at Hertha and was superb in midfield. The Japan international made more sprints (27) and won more tackles (17) than any other Hertha player, and was the driving force behind a superb team performance.
Bayern just do not give up. After securing late victories against SC Freiburg and FC Ingolstadt since the turn of the year, this time it was Hertha's turn to feel the force of the Bavarians in stoppage time.
- Lewandowski started on the bench here for the first time since Matchday 7.
- Philipp Lahm made his 322nd Bundesliga outing for Bayern, putting him in joint tenth place in the club's all-time appearance list.
- Ibisevic scored for the first time since 27 November 2016, ending a drought of 717 minutes without a goal.
Hertha: Jarstein – Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt – Stark – Haraguchi (Lustenberger 90+4'), Darida, Skjelbred – Kalou (Mittelstädt 90+2'), Ibisevic (c) (Esswein 87')
Coach: Pal Dardai
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm (c), Hummels, Alaba, Bernat (Coman 78') – Vidal (Lewandowski 61'), Kimmich (Alonso 61') – Robben, Thiago, Costa – Müller
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Watch: Mats Hummels reviews Bayern's dramatic draw in the capital: