Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Arminia Bielefeld

DFB Cup finalists Bayer Leverkusen made it seven "home" games without a win in Düsseldorf's LTU Arena, drawing 2-2 (1-2) with struggling Arminia Bielefeld.
The result leaves Bayer treading water mid-table, while for Arminia the point was enough to take them above Energie Cottbus on goal difference and out of the bottom three ahead of Saturday's games. 

Patrick Helmes salvaged Leverkusen a point with his 20th goal of the season in the 79th minute. At that stage, Bruno Labbadia's side were trailing to goals from Manuel Friedrich (23., o.g.) and Robert Tesche (39.), having gone in front through Stefan Kießling in the 21st minute.
There was little evidence here of the form that earned Bayer a 2-1 win against Schalke 04 last week. While their play was bereft of ideas and littered with loose passes, Arminia held their shape well and made the most of what chances came their way - essential qualities in the battle to avoid the drop. 
Both Bielefeld goals came from free kicks, the first inadvertently finished off by Leverkusen's Manuel Friedrich with a header past home keeper Rene Adler. For the second, Tesche appeared to be well offside as he put them in front.

Bayer played their best football in the opening 20 minutes. Michal Kadlec pulled a great save out of Arminia keeper Dennis Eilhoff with a 17th-minute free kick, shortly before Kießling bagged the opener.
In the early part of the second half, Bayer had further chances through Renato Augusto (48.), Arturo Vidal (54., 67.) and Kießling (55.), none of which came to fruition.
All-in-all though it was a patchy performance from the home side and Arminia were good value for the point with a battling performance.