Bayern held again in first game since Ancelotti firing

October 02, 2017
Bayern's Corentin Tolisso (left), and Hertha's Per Ciljan Skjelbred (right), challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Bayern Munich in Berlin, yesterday. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. (AP Photo)

BERLIN, Germany (AP):

Bayern Munich's crisis deepened yesterday as it was held to a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin in its first Bundesliga game since firing Carlo Ancelotti as coach.

Bayern, which was mauled 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last Wednesday, let slip a two-goal lead for the second successive German league game and now find itself five points behind leader Borussia Dortmund after just seven rounds.

"It's a bit annoying for us," interim coach Willy Sagnol said. "We have to play with more concentration and discipline. We paid dearly for not doing so. Without concentration, we're not the strongest team in Germany."

Sagnol restored Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels to Bayern's starting line-up following the side's humiliation in Paris, and it was Hummels who opened the scoring in the 10th minute after a nervy start from the hosts.

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