Leaders Bayern held 0-0 by title rivals Leipzig

Munich, Leaders Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw at home by second-placed RB Leipzig on Sunday as the big title battle in the Bundesliga flattered to deceive.

Bayern still lead Leipzig by a point after 21 games and are on course for an eighth straight title, having been off the pace for much of the season.

Robert Lewandowski was tripped in the second half but the penalty was overturned on video review because the Bayern striker had strayed just offside. Both sides had big chances but their finishing was poor, Deutsche press agency (dpa).

I was very happy with the first 45 minutes but then we lost a bit of focus and made lots of mistakes, Bayern coach Hansi Flick told Sky.

Bayern's run of six league wins in a row is over while previously flying Leipzig have now not won in three matches, four if the German Cup is included.

Sunday's early game between fourth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach and derby rivals Cologne was postponed because of a storm.

The Bayern game went ahead after the German Weather Service said Munich would only be affected by the high winds well after the final whistle.

Fans though were warned about potential travel disruption on the way home.

There was no disruption to Flick's expected team selection with Philippe Coutinho, who started in Wednesday's German Cup win over Hoffenheim, again consigned to the bench for a league game while Kingsley Coman was named as a substitute after a long injury lay-off.

RB Leipzig plumped for January arrivals Dani Olmo and Angelino from the start while Timo Werner returned to the line-up having begun Tuesday's Cup loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on the bench.

Leipzig were being watched from the stands by Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg this month.

But he will not have gleaned much from the first quarter of the game with Bayern dominating the ball and the chances without coming really close.

Werner then screwed an effort wide for Leipzig and Bayern's Lewandowski, who leads his counterpart at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts with 22 to 20 goals, missed a decent opportunity five minutes before half-time.

The game was failing to quite live up to its top billing but it burst into life early in the second half when Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer blasted over the best opening so far.

Werner then had another good chance and his appeals for handball against David Alaba were waved away.

Bayern quickly tried to reimpose themselves and were awarded a penalty for a trip on Lewandowski by Dayot Upamecano only for it to be ruled out by the video assistant for a tight offside.

Lewandowski's touch kept letting him down or the final ball was lacking for Bayern, who brought on Coutinho for the lacklustre Serge Gnabry on the hour mark.

Bayern, who drew 1-1 at Leipzig in September, were then carved open again and Werner somehow shot wide with only Manuel Neuer to beat.

Leon Goretzka's miss at the other end was just as bad, this time the Germany midfielder allowing Peter Gulacsi to get a hand to his shot when he should have buried it.

At the start it seemed a matter of time before we would concede but then in the middle of the first half we began to play really well, Werner said.

We had a couple of really good chances. We have to be happy leaving here with a 0-0.

Bayern are now four points above third-placed Borussia Dortmund after Lucien Favre's side lost 4-3 at Bayer Leverkusen in a Saturday thriller.

Source: Bahrain News Agency