Borussia Dortmund lost more ground in the German Bundesliga title race after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Darmstadt which left Bayern Munich four-points clear. Having also drawn 1-1 at Hoffenheim on Wednesday, Dortmund fell further behind champions Bayern ahead of next Sunday's top-of-the-table clash against the Bavarians at Munich's Allianz Arena.
Bayern are the only team in Germany's top flight to have won all seven league games so far and Pep Guardiola's leaders are looking to become the first team to win four consecutive Bundesliga titles. After Marcel Heller gave Darmstadt a shock lead, Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked to have sealed the hosts' comeback win with two second-half goals to maintain his record run having scored in each of Dortmund's first seven Bundesliga games.
But Darmstadt captain Aytac Sulu rescued a point for his club by stabbing home from a free-kick just before the final whistle. Heller gave the visitors a shock early lead at the Westfalenstadion on 20 minutes. Dortmund roared back as Aubameyang hammered home a Matthias Ginter flick on 63 minutes, then drove Adnan Januzaj's clever pass home on 71 minutes, before Sulu scored at the death to silence the home crowd.
Earlier, midfielder Vladimir Darida rescued a point for Hertha Berlin with the late equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt after captain Alexander Meier gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half. The point leaves Hertha sixth and Frankfurt tenth in the table.