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Union Berlin draws 1-1 as Bayern worries grow before CL game

Marcus Ingvartsen scored late for Union Berlin to grab a 1-1 draw and cut Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga lead on Saturday ahead of Bayern's decisive Champions League game in Paris on Tuesday.

Union’s visit came at the wrong time for the European champion, weakened by injuries and focused on the second leg in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Bayern lost the first leg 3-2 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Bayern struggled to break through Union’s stubborn defense until the 18-year-old Jamal Musiala finally made the breakthrough in the 68th minute, but Robert Andrich set up Ingvartsen for the visitors’ equalizer in the 85th.

Union's Marcus Ingvartsen, right, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Union Berlin at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, April 10, 2021.(Andreas GebertPool via AP)

Leipzig cut Bayern’s lead to five points with six rounds remaining with a 4-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who said Friday his squad wasn’t as strong as the previous year’s, started with reserve players Josip Stanisic and Tiago Dantas. It was a debut for the 21-year-old Stanisic, a defender, and first start for Dantas.

Bayern’s injury worries deepened after about half an hour when Kingsley Coman needed treatment on his left knee, but the France attacker continued till the break, when he was substituted by Leroy Sané.

Union's Keita Endo, right, and Bayern's Bouna Sarr challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Union Berlin at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, April 10, 2021.(Sven HoppePool via AP)

The 18-year-old Christopher Scott came on for his Bayern debut in the 66th, and Musiala scored two minutes later. Union’s defense failed to clear the ball, which rebounded off Thomas Müller’s shoulder into Musiala’s path. He danced past a couple of defenders before scoring from close range.

Ingvartsen’s equalizer cost Bayern two points, however, and kept Union flying high in seventh place.

Fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt enjoyed a 4-3 win over third-place Wolfsburg, and Hertha Berlin could only draw 2-2 with Borussia Mönchengladbach despite playing most of the game with a player advantage after Yann Sommer’s early sending off for the visitors.

Bayern's Jamal Musiala reacts injured at the ground during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Union Berlin at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, April 10, 2021.(Sven HoppePool via AP)

Borussia Dortmund played at Stuttgart later Saturday.

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Union's Keita Endo, right, and Bayern's Bouna Sarr challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Union Berlin at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, April 10, 2021.(Sven HoppePool via AP)

Frankfurt's players celebrate their side's first goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Thomas Freydpa via AP)