Scene of the game: It was the third minute of stoppage time. Leverkusen’s central defender Jonathan Tah put the ball too far in front of him, Robert Lewandowski stole it from his foot and dribbled into the penalty area on the left. When he graduated, the striker was lucky that Edmond Tapsoba deflected the ball into his own goal. Shortly afterwards the game was over, the Bayern players formed a circle and cheered the – how should you put it – Christmas championship?
The result: In the last Bundesliga match of the year, FC Bayern turned a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen. The people of Munich celebrate Christmas at the top of the table, two points ahead of their pursuers Leverkusen. Read the match report here.
Thank you for the flowers: Bayer Leverkusen distributed gifts even before the game. Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski each received a bouquet of flowers from managing director Rudi Völler as congratulations on their FIFA world titles. That wasn’t enough for Jonathan Tah and Lukas Hradecky. In the 43rd minute, both came in the way of a cross from Thomas Müller and gave Lewandowski the equalizer. The striker only had to head the ball into the empty goal. Shortly before the end, Tah and Tapsoba helped again. Lewandowksi didn’t need his world football superpowers for his goals. “I hope that we will continue to score like this next year,” said Lewandowski later on Sky. He couldn’t have meant it that way.
First half: Leverkusen secured the ball more often in the early stages, but initially didn’t get a chance. Then the leadership fell according to a standard. Nadiem Amiri crossed into the penalty area as a result of a corner kick and Patrik Schick scored free-standing with a volley to make it 1-0 (14th). Leverkusen remained more active, an offside goal from Schick did not count (29th). Shortly before the break, Lewandowski struck for the first time.
In the favorite position: When the line-ups appeared before the game, it was already puzzled as to how Bayern coach Hansi Flick would distribute his five nominal defenders across the field. The solution was simple: David Alaba, most recently central defender, was allowed to play in his favorite position in defensive midfield. Perhaps this is also a means of convincing the service provider to extend the contract. Alaba was then hardly noticed and, according to “whoscored.com”, had only 58 ball contacts and a pass rate of 74 percent. There is still a long way to go before he can replace playmaker Thiago, who has moved to Liverpool.
Second half: Bayern now pushed for the Leverkusen goal more often, but they did not allow a dangerous conclusion. After the initial pressure from Munich, the game played more often in midfield. Amiri tested Neuer with a long shot (61st), Gnabry failed with a shot from an acute angle at Hradecky (66th). The biggest Bayern chance had the substitute Jamal Musiala, who hit the post (79th). Shortly before the final whistle, Lewandowski ensured victory.
Sané rein, Sané raus: Bayern coach Flick was happy. For the first time since his injury in early November, Joshua Kimmich returned to the FC Bayern squad. But the list of injuries already got a new member: Kingsley Coman had to be replaced in the first half. What exactly he has remained unclear at first. Flick Leroy Sané replaced Coman. The winger never found his way into the game and was replaced after just 36 minutes – the maximum penalty. But wait a minute: “Why the maximum penalty?”, Flick asked after the game: “If we make a substitution, we have to do it sensibly.” Flick explained that the change was tactically justified. In any case, Musiala was more dangerous when he hit the post.
The (N) unbeaten: Up to the 93rd minute it looked like Leverkusen would continue their (pretty) perfect season. Peter Bosz’s team was the only team in the Bundesliga to be unbeaten in the current season. A draw would have meant leading the table. But now the series has ended because of two defensive failures. “A childish mistake,” said goalkeeper Hradecky on Sky about his dropout in the equalization: “We lost undeservedly”.
Exciting Bundesliga? It could all have been so exciting. One win and Bayer Leverkusen would have pulled Bayern away by four points. On the other hand, it was the same last season. After 13 matchdays, Borussia Mönchengladbach led the league at the time, Bayern were four points behind. In the end, the Munich team won the eighth championship in a row. How will the current season end? We all know that. Icon: The mirror
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