Sven Ulreich's clean sheet bails out Bayern Munich against Hertha Berlin

Sven Ulreich's clean sheet bails out Bayern Munich against Hertha Berlin
From ESPN - February 24, 2018

The Bayern Munich bandwagon was shunted by a resolute Hertha Berlin as the runaway leaders' 14-match winning run ended with their first 0-0 draw at the Allianz Arena since April 2012,


Bayern stretched their unbeaten run to 34 games at the Allianz Arena, the longest sequence since the AA opened in 2005. A sixth consecutive Bundesliga title is just over a month away, as Bayern extended their lead at the top to 20 points -- at least for a day.


Failing to win for a 15th straight game, dropping points against the capital city side for the third straight game in a first goalless draw of the season. However, come next month when Bayern are hoisting the title aloft once again, this bore draw will quickly be forgotten.

Manager rating out of 10

6 --Jupp Heynckes recovered from a bout of flu which forced him to oversleep Bayern's last home match against his former side Schalke. Hopefully, the 72-year-old will come through a Baltic day in the Bavarian capital without any alarm.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Sven Ulreich, 8 -- Produced fine saves in each half to preserve the clean sheet on his 25th Bundesliga appearance for Bayern. Gets an extra point for staying alert and, more importantly, warm in the arctic conditions.

DF Rafinha, 5 -- Replaced the injured Joshua Kimmich at right-back, but although diligent in defence, the Brazil international does not provide anything like the same attacking threat.

DF Mats Hummels, 7 -- Classy and composed throughout with a team-best 145 touches of the ball. Went close to breaking the deadlock late in the first half.

DF Niklas Sule, 6 -- Coped well enough with the pace of former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, Bayern's summer signing from Hoffenheim slotted in for his 19th Bundesliga appearance of an impressive first season, more than both 2014 World Cup winners Hummels and Jerome Boateng.


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