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Bayern survive huge penalty scare to stay favourite to win Bundesliga

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich survived a huge penalty scare to draw with Nuremberg which gives Borussia Dortmund hope in the title race.

Niko Kovac’s side who recently took the top spot in the table went behind in the Bavarian derby to Matheus Pereira’s goal from 18 yards after Sven Ulreich parried Eduard Lowen’s shot.

Bayern equalised against the struggling hosts when Serge Gnabry sent a Kingsley Coman’s cross over keeper Christian Mathenia.

But Tim Leibold missed a late penalty that could have damaged Bayern’s chances of winning seventh consecutive Bundesliga comfortably.

His kick in injury-time struck the inside of the post after Bayern’s Alphonso Davies had fouled Georg Margreitter in the air.

Nuremberg’s goalkeeper had a stunning performance as he tipped David Alaba and James Rodriguez free-kicks onto the crossbar.

The dramatic result puts the Bavarian giants wo points above Dortmund, who lost 4-2 to Schalke on Saturday, with three games remaining while second bottomed Nuremberg are in the relegation zone, five points adrift of safety.

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