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Coman’s deflected strike sees off Hertha as champions go ten points clear

Bayern Munich has moved ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after a deflected goal from Kingsley Coman was enough to see off a spirited Hertha Berlin outfit.

Hansi Flick made three changes to the side that beat Hoffenheim, with Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule coming in with Alphonso Davis and Jerome Boateng dropping to the bench while after a rare start last time out, Marco Roca was back on the bench.

It was a fast start from both sides and the hosts should have taken the lead just two minutes in. Vladimir Dardia played in LukeBakio and he fired his shot and forced a good save from Manuel Neuer as Bayern were lucky not to go behind in the contest.

Just minutes later, Bayern should have taken the lead after Joshua Kimmich played in Leroy Sane however Rune Jarstein saved the Germans shot to keep the scores level.

Lewandowski misses a penalty

It was a hugely entertaining, end-to-end match that was played at an incredible pace. Just ten minutes in, Bayern had a chance to go-ahead from the spot. Robert Lewandowski played in Sane who took a touch around Jarstein who brought down the winger and the referee pointed to the spot.

Lewandowski stepped up and had his shot well saved by the Hertha keeper as it was at a nice height for Jarstein.

Hertha looked a real threat on the counter as the game continued to be played at a lightning place with Piatek looking the most likely to get the hosts a goal that would see them take the lead.

After numerous chances for both sides, Bayern finally had their lead, albeit fortuitously. After some neat work from Kingsley Coman, the French winger turned his defender and drove at the Hertha goal and unleashed his shot, only for it to take a deflection off a Hertha defender and crept under the crossbar as Bayern took the lead.

The match was back and forth with both sides looking more than capable of scoring at any minute. Chances continued to come for both sides with Coman having a glorious chance on the stroke of half-time. After a great mazy run from Leroy Sane, the winger drove into the box and produced a neat cut-back to find Coman unmarked inside the box, however, the Frenchman blazed his shot over the bar as Bayern went into half time with a 1-0 lead.

The second half started with the same pace as the first and it did not take long for Bayern to have a chance to double their lead. Thomas Muller won the ball back for his side and Serge Gnabry ran at the Hertha defense and unleashed his shot, however it went straight at Jarstein in goal.

The visitor’s controlled possession and started to dominate the game without creating many clear-cut chances. Hertha had the ball in the net however it was ruled out for offside as they continued to look at threat on the counter.

Much of the half was rather uneventful as Bayern continued to dominate the match and look for the second goal that would kill off Hertha Berlin. With just two minutes remaining, Hertha had a glorious chance to snatch a point.

A great ball over the top from Matteo Guendouzi found Matheus Cunha who headed the ball down and then clipped it over a rushing Manuel Neuer, however his chip went agonizingly wide as Bayern hung on to claim a crucial win and sees them go ten points clear at the summit.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.