Mainz draw Dortmund 1-1, Freiburg upset Berlin

Berlin, Jan 30 (IANS) Dani Latza’s late leveller secured Mainz a 1-1 draw against Dortmund while Freiburg moved 2-1 past Berlin on goals from Janik Haberer and Nils Petersen in the 18th round of Bundesliga here.

Borussia Dortmund failed to climb into the top three as Mainz snatched a late 1-1 draw through Dani Latza on home soil.

The ‘BVB’ caught a fairy-tale start on the road as they slammed the opening goal from close range with just three minutes into the match.

Marco Reus capitalised on Andre Schuerrle’s diagonal pass to beat Mainz goalkeeper Jonas Loessl.

Mainz promptly responded through Yoshinori Muto but his equalizer was flagged offside in the 14th minute.

After the restart, Dortmund remained in control of the proceedings on the pitch. But the visitors failed to turn their dominance into a tangible reward.

The hosts punished Dortmund’s wastefulness when Dani Lazat headed home Levin Oeztunali’s cross to the far post to restore parity out of the blue in the 83rd minute.

Mainz almost made a surprise reply to Dortmund, but Pablo De Blasis effort missed the target just wide in injury time.

In the other match, Freiburg grabbed a 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin, who suffered their second straight loss.

Janik Haberer broke the deadlock in the 39th minute before Nils Petersen doubled the lead in the dying minutes of the game.

Berlin reduced the arrears moments later through substitute Julian Schieber, but Freiburg were able to stand firm to clinch the eighth win of the season.