Bayern Munich 3-2 RB Leipzig: Player Ratings As Rekordmeister Seal Hectic Victory

Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to nine points with a hectic 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig.

The first chance of the game fell to Dani Olmo, whose strike from towards the edge of the box after ten minutes went agonisingly wide of Manuel Neuer’s goal. These two would have a real battle in the first half, with the Bayern goalkeeper coming out on top courtesy of some excellent stops.

But it was Bayern who struck first. Some sloppy passing around the Leipzig defence gifted the ball to Robert Lewandowski, whose low effort was saved right into the path of Thomas Muller, who tapped home into an empty net.

Leipzig tied things up midway through the first half through Andre Silva, who got the final touch on a cross/shot from Konrad Laimer that looked to be moving in slow-mo before nestling in the back of the net.

Kingsley Coman then struck the post with his own fluffed cross, before Muller saw a thunderous header chalked off by VAR, who spotted a foul in the build-up. However, Robert Lewandowski’s header on the stroke of half-time was allowed to stand and gave Bayern the lead heading into the break.

The end-to-end nature of the first half carried over into the second. Within eight minutes, Leipzig had levelled up as Christopher Nkunku fired through Neuer after beating the offside trap.

Five minutes later, Bayern were back ahead. Some more poor play from Leipzig saw Serge Gnabry pick up the ball on the right side of the box, and his cross took a wicked deflection off Josko Gvardiol on its way into the goal.

Lewandowski should have added a fourth straight after. He was off balance as he took his shot from close range and couldn’t steer it inside the posts.

Leipzig pushed in search of their third equaliser of the game but it wasn’t to be, with Bayern celebrating once the dust had settled.

Author: Arthur Fox