1860 München were on a high going into their home match against Duisburg, having secured a brilliant 1-0 victory over Osnabrück the previous weekend and back in the mix for a promotion challenge.
The team looked fired up for the match, and with an enthusiastic crowd behind them there was a positive atmosphere making its way around the ground.
1860 set about controlling the match from the kick-off, while both sides were rushing into challenges strongly during a frantic opening period.
The first meaningful shot came from a Duisburg attack in the 12th minute, Olcay Sahan finding a bit of space, but his left-footed shot was easily gathered by Gabor Kiraly.
Kevin Volland saw two shots in the next 5 minutes just go wide of each post, while a long range Stefan Buck effort was saved well by David Yelldell.
Die Löwen continued to apply pressure on the Duisburg defence, with Rukavina and Ognjovski both seeing efforts fly high and wide of the goals.
The intense pressure finally told in the 42nd minute, when a scramble in the box saw the ball fall at Benny Lauth’s feet. The Bavarian calmly controlled the ball and powered a shot towards goal, which crossed the line despite Yelldell getting a hand to it.
Duisburg advanced almost immediately and if it wasn’t for a brilliant last minute tackle from Dominik Stahl there could have been an equaliser just before the break.
The crowd were content and the atmosphere around the Allianz was one of confidence as the Duisburg attack had provided little imagination when advancing on the home side’s goals.
Mate Ghvinianidze replaced Stefan Bell at the break and Die Löwen came out in the second half full of desire and set about resuming control of the match.
First Tarik Camdal cut in dangerously from the right hand side and sent in an effort from outside the box, however it was dead centre and Yelldell made a comfortable save.
Lauth then had a good opportunity to double his and 1860’s tally but his header from an Antonio Rukavina cross went wide of the goals.
Duisburg brought on midfielder Sefa Yilmaz and young striker Maurice Exslager for Austrian International Stefan Maierhofer and Filip Trojan in the 60th minute as they sought to find an equaliser.
Tarik Camdal was replaced by Djordje Rakic soon after as 1860 decided the best form of defence was attack and chased an elusive second goal.
Rakic had the biggest impact of the substitutes and should have doubled his side’s lead in the 78th minute.
However he sent his shot wide after taking down a Stefan Buck long throw and turning his defender inside-out.
Newly-signed American striker Bobby Wood replaced Stefan Aigner for his debut in the 82nd minute as the home crowd roared on their team demanding a second goal.
Unfortunately, however, their enthusiasm would lead to Die Löwen’s downfall.
Lauth fluffed a shot in the 85th, with the crowd expecting their star striker to hit the back of the net, and Duisburg went straight on the counter.
Ivica Grlic had his shot blocked but the follow up from substitute Manuel Schaffler fired past Kiraly and nestled into the bottom left corner.
The 1860 crowd were stunned into silence, which gradually turned into frustration and anger as they criticised their side for giving away the lead.
The threat from Duisburg wasn’t over however as Kiraly was called upon to produce a brilliant save from a Soares header after Grlic had sent in a teasing free kick.
There was no action from there on with 1860 unable to string three passes together and the away side seemingly content with the draw.
It was a harsh result for the München side, especially after outplaying opposition who are seriously challenging for promotion to the Bundesliga.
However Die Löwen were punished for failing to grab that killer second goal, while the crowd’s insistence on attacking instead of defending contributed towards the outcome.