Borussia Dortmund fought back from a goal down to claim a crucial 1-1 draw with rivals RB Lepizig at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening.
The home side had taken the lead just before the half-hour mark through Jean-Kevin Augustin's precise curling finish, only for Marco Reus to latch on to Mahmoud Dahoud's through ball and round Peter Gulacsi for a deserved equaliser.
Both sides had chances to win the game, though Dortmund will perhaps feel aggrieved not to come away with three points after seeing on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi squander a glaring opportunity midway through the second half.
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Just ten minutes later, the visitors were left to wonder what might have been once more, as neat interplay slid the ball through to Reus. The flamboyant winger expertly slotted past Gulacsi at the near post, only to find the assistant referee's flag correctly raised once more.
That was Augustin's third goal in three games, a run that has seen the 20-year old Frenchman get back to form after previously going without a goal since October.
Die Schwarzgelben hit back instantaneously though, as Dortmund this time made no mistake in staying onside. Mahmoud Dahoud's simple through ball split the home defence wide open, with Reus bursting in from the right-hand side to skip past the advancing Gulacsi, before sliding home into an empty net.
It was no more than the away side deserved, though Stoger's men surprisingly took their foot off the gas thereafter in a performance that ultimately flattered to deceive. The second period was a very timid affair, as both sides struggled to lack any real cohesion in the final third, though there were opportunities for both sides to grab a winner.
The best chance to win the game fell to the away side, with BVB's travelling support bound to be frustrated on the way home with Batshuayi's inability to turn Dahoud's centre into the gaping net. The young German did brilliantly to maraud his way to the byline, only for Batshuayi to scuff his effort away from goal, when wonderfully placed in the six-yard box.
It could have been worse for the visitors late on though, as substitute Bruma's curling cross almost dropped in at the far post, but it was ultimately points shared between these two Champions League chasing rivals, with Dortmund now sitting just a point behind second placed Schalke in the Bundesliga.