Sulu equalizes in final minute as Darmstadt earns unlikey draw with Dortmund
BERLIN (AP) — Darmstadt captain Aytac Sulu equalized in the last minute to earn the promoted side an unlikely 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Sulu struck after Florian Jungwirth's initial effort was blocked to leave second-place Dortmund trailing league leader Bayern Munich by four points before the two sides meet in Munich next weekend.
"We've had two very unnecessary point-losses one after another," said Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, referring to his side's previous draw with Hoffenheim. Dortmund had won its opening five games.
Darmstadt stunned the home side in the 17th minute when Jerome Gondorf floated a precise cross for Marcel Heller to smash a volley into the far corner.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan drew a smart save from Darmstadt 'keeper Christian Mathenia on the hour-mark, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally equalized in the 63rd when he converted Matthias Ginter's cross from five meters (yards).
Aubameyang claimed his second in the 71st, running onto Adnan Januzaj's through ball before shooting inside the far post.
He came close to a hat trick in the 79th, when Mkhitaryan kept the ball in play with his heel before sending in a cross that just eluded the Gabon forward. Dortmund was left to rue the miss.
Earlier, Vladimir Darida scored a late equalizer to rescue a 1-1 draw for Hertha Berlin at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Alexander Meier put the home side ahead in the 22nd minute, when Marco Russ headed on a corner and Meier extended his left leg to fire inside the far corner for his fourth goal of the season.
The visitors were much improved after the break and were finally rewarded when Darida slotted the equalizer after a fortuitous bounce in the 82nd minute.
"I'm delighted I managed the goal. A pity we couldn't score more goals from our chances," Darida said.
Before Frankfurt had a chance to settle, Ibisevic was blocked from close range by goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, then hit the crossbar with a header from the resulting corner.
"We can be satisfied we're sixth," said Ibisevic, who looked anything but. "We need to be careful or we'll drop down again very quickly."
Frankfurt coach Armin Veh was happy with the point.
"The draw is today fine," Veh said. "In the second half we didn't even react (to Hertha), never mind act."