A brace from Robert Lewandowski has seen Bayern Munich defeat Bayer Leverkusen to go of the Bundesliga table in an entertaining clash.
In what was the last Bundesliga match for 2020 as Bayern welcomed back Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard who both returned to the bench with David Alaba deployed as part of Bayern’s midfield.
It was a decent start to the match from both sides as they looked to get an early foothold in the game. However, it was Leverkusen who got the better of the early exchanges as they enjoyed possession and pinned Munich back in their own half.
Leverkusen’s pressure told in just the 13th minute when they were awarded a corner. It was a well-worked routine that saw the ball crossed to Patrik Schick who hit his left foot volley first time and blasted it past Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal. The German keeper could only watch the ball fly past him into the net.
It was the seventh consecutive match in which Bayern Munich had gone behind in the Bundesliga however they had not lost any of those seven.
It was a deserved lead for Leverkusen as they continued on the front foot and had Bayern rocking at the back in what was a truly dominant first 20 minutes for the hosts.
After conceding Munich looked to get back into the match however as they pressed forward, spaces were opening up behind them. Bayern was extremely lucky not to go 2-0 down shortly after when a clever ball was clipped in behind for Schick who calmly slotted home, however, the forward was ruled offside to save Bayern’s blushes.
To make matters worse for Munich, just half an hour had passed when Kingsley Koman was forced off with an injury and was replaced by Leroy Sane.
Just as Leverkusen looked to be heading into the half time break leading, disaster struck. A great cross from Thomas Muller found Robert Lewandowski unmarked in the middle of the goal and the Polish international headed home his 16th goal of the campaign to bring his side level at 1-1.
Bayern finished the half the stronger side as Lewandowski had another glorious chance as he was again left unmarked however this time, his header sailed over the crossbar as it remained level going into half time.
It was a relatively low key start to the second half with Leverkusen looking to put Bayern under pressure as it was turning into a very entertaining end to end game.
In the 68th minute, Serge Gnabry who latched onto a great through ball from Muller had his shot saved from Lukas Hradecky in the Leverkusen goal as Munich continued to press forward.
Hansi Flick then made two changes, bringing on Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala for Tolisso and Leroy Sane and it only took ten minutes for Musiala to make his presence known.
After great work from Alphonso Davies, Musiala found space on the edge of the box and had his shot cannon off the post as both teams struggled to break the deadlock.
Just as it looked like the match was headed for a stalemate deep into injury time, Bayer Leverkusen’s hearts were broken.
A poor touch from defender Jonathan Tah let Kimmich poke the ball way and he played in Lewandowski who has his shot deflected off a defender and into the net to give Bayern the lead with only seconds remaining to cap off what was a truly entertaining match.
It was Lewandowski’s 17th goal of the campaign and the win ensures that Bayern Munich sits proudly atop the Bundesliga table heading into the winter break.