Multiple chances and talking points came out of the game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Ingolstadt, yet neither could claim all three points in a very entertaining nil-nil draw.
Ingolstadt unlucky not to be ahead
Despite the contrasting form of the two sides, it was the visitors who were much better in the opening period, Moritz Hartmann saw a strong volley fly into the side-netting before a crucial save was made by Yann Sommer from the Ingolstadt forward. The best opportunity, however, fell to captain Marvin Matip. The centre-half rose highest to meet a Pascal Groß free-kick, but managed to head wide under no pressure.
All that good pressure almost evaporated when a poor clearance from Ramazan Özcan feel straight to the feed of Raffael. The Brazilian burst forward and shot at goal, though Özcan atoned for the error by making a fantastic save. He did need the help of Tobias Levels to clear the ball off the line, though.
Lukas Hinterseer and Fabian Johnson exchanged late chances at either end after some superb counter-attacking from both teams, although neither could force the respective goalkeeper into a meaningful save. The sides went in level a the break, although Ingolstadt would have felt that they should have been ahead.
Gladbach can't make their chances count
The match's best chances continued to come from crosses, but the opportunities were continually passed up. Raffael couldn't quite connect with an Ibrahima Traore cross and Lars Stindl wasn't able to get enough purchase on another soon after, while Alfredo Morales headed into the side-netting at the other end.
Matip was called into action by Johnson, who had the ball cleared off the line. Levels then went close to a spectacular late winner from all of 30 yards, as did Morales who saw his shot saved by Sommer. Granit Xhaka then saw the red mist descend and was given his marching orders from Marco Fritz, for what was his second booking. The last major action of the match could have been a late winner for Gladbach, although Özcan produced a magnificent reaction save from Thorgan Hazard to keep the scores level.