Bayern managed to break their winless streak with a 2:1 victory at home against Leverkusen in a close contest, but looked far from their best. This keeps them within reach of first place.
First half: tempered tempo
The match barely started and Leverkusen got off the first chance (3’) as Mehmedi shot low across goal that had Neuer beat, but went just inches wide of the post. Bayern reacted and imposed a more tempered rhythm in buildups, as they took ahold of possession.
The Reds’ first chance came some minutes later (9’) as a cross from the right was headed back to Thomas Müller in the middle of the box. Despite Robert Lewandowski trying his best to get out of the path of the ball, Müller’s shot went disappointingly wide of goal.
In charge of the match, Bayern got another chance (19’) as Douglas Costa’s cross was headed in by Joshua Kimmich from short range straight into Leno’s arms.
Despite a lower intensity of play, the Bavarians managed to open the score as a redirected cross resulted in a shot from Lahm deflected by Leno gifting Thiago an easy close haded ball (30’).
They failed to go up 2:0 with a copy of the play that brought the the opener (32’) the second time around an offside Kimmich’s close range header from Leno’s deflected ball, following Lewandowski’s initial shot hitting the crossbar.
With everything pointing towards Bayern going to the dressing room with a minimal lead, Leverkusen blasted in an equalizer out of nowhere (35’). Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s powerful shot from inside the box and from an angle found the roof of the net, followed a quick and accurate one-two with Brandt. The half ended with the score level at 1:1.
Second half: winning through inertia
The half started in the same manner with Leverkusen playing deep and Bayern dominating possession, applying pressure up high.
The first chance of the half belonged to the Bavarians. Costa charged down the left and was denied by the onrushing Leno, who deflected the ball into a corner (55’). The Reds did not have to wait too long for the second goal. Kimmich’s ensuing corner was headed in low, next to the bar from the center of the box (56’) by Mats Hummels.
After taking the lead back, Bayern slowed the game down, preferring to play a more positional standpoint while searching for spaces through the tight Leverkusen defence.
As with the equalizer, Leverkusen came close another from nowhere (83’). A long pass over the defence from Jonathan Tah found Kevin Volland, who beat Martínez in a direct duel and headed the ball over an onrushing Neuer. Martínez came back and blocked Volland just as he was about to head the ball in, with what appeared to be his hand.
Leverkusen appeared revitalised following their chance and put Bayern under pressure in last minutes of the match.
1:0 Thiago (30’)
1:1 Çalhanoğlu (35’)
2:1 Hummels (56’)
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Shots on target
Location: Allianz Arena in München
Final score: 2:1 for Bayern
Referee: Marco Fritz
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