Bayern Munich's mini-renaissance under the guidance of Ottmar Hitzfeld was quelled somewhat on Sunday, as they missed the opportunity to make ground on Bundesliga leaders Schalke, in only drawing with Werder Bremen.
The Bavarian giants dominated for large spells and deservedly took the lead in the seventh minute through Lukas Podolski, who was given a start as Roy Makaay made only the substitutes' bench.
Bayern conjured several chances to double their advantage and they were made to pay the price in the 66th minute for missed opportunities, when Werder grabbed a leveller on the counter-attack.
Hugo Almeida chipped over Oliver Kahn in Bayern's goal, leaving Markus Rosenberg to head over the line to secure his side a share of the spoils.
Second placed Werder now trail Schalke by just three points, while Bayern are still just outside the UEFA Champions League places in fourth.
In the Bundesliga's other game, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg could not be separated in a 0-0 stalemate.