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Bayern and Bielefeld share the spoils in six goal thriller


Bayern Munich and Arminia Bielefeld have played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Allianz on Monday night.

Second-half goals from Robert Lewandowski, Corentin Tolisso, and Alphonso Davies secured a point for the league leaders as Bielefeld took it right up to the champions.

Corentin Tolisso, Choupo-Moting, and Bouna Sarr all came into the starting side as Flick looked to refresh his squad after their exerts in Qatar.

Bielefeld break through first

Bayern started the stronger of the two sides as they looked to get on top of Bielefeld early however with the snow pouring down and the pitch glazed in white, it was the visitors who took a shock lead just 10 minutes in.

From a throw-in, the ball rebounded to Manuel Prietl who threaded a gorgeous ball to find Michel Vlap, and the debutant rifled home his shot to give Bielefeld the lead.

After their goal, the visitors were growing in confidence as Bayern struggled to get anything going in an attacking sense as Bielefeld was equipping themselves rather well in the snowy conditions. Aside from the early goal, the first 30 minutes were rather uneventful as the groundsmen were doing a lot of work to keep the snow from building up on the pitch.

Hansi Flickโ€™s side struggled to threaten Stefan Ortega in the Bielefeld goal as they dominated possession without creating many chances. With 10 minutes to play in the half, the visitors were in again.

This time from a corner, Vlap floated his cross to the back post where Amos Pieper was unmarked. The defender rose to power home his header and to give his side a commanding 2-0 lead. Bayern huffed and puffed to grab an equalizer before halftime, but Bielefeldโ€™s defense held strong as they went into halftime with a two-goal cushion.

Bayern needed to start the half on the front foot and with just minutes gone, they grabbed a goal back. A great ball from David Alaba found Robert Lewandowski who chested it down and smashed it home on the volley for his 25th goal of the season.

Just as Bayern was celebrating their goal, straight from the kickoff, Bielefeld restored their two-goal advantage. Andreas Voglsammer blew past Sarr and then slide a delightful ball across goal to find Christian Gebauer who had the easiest of tap-ins.

Three goals in quick succession

The game was being played at lightning pace and just seven minutes after conceding, Bayern had their second goal. Leroy Sane picked up the ball and clipped it in invitingly for Corentin Tolisso who headed home. There were three goals scored in an exciting 12 minute period as both sides looked threatening going forward.

Hansi Flick brought on Joshua Kimmich for Bouna Sarr as Bayern looked to get back on level terms. The hosts were dominating the match as they pushed for a goal that would bring them level and their pressure paid off shortly after.

After a great build-up, Sane wriggled his way into the box and clipped in an inviting ball, which rebounded out to Alphonso Davies who hit his shot on the volley, and it flew past Ortega in the Bielefeld goal as Bayern were finally level.

Just minutes later, Bielefeld thought they had restored their lead through a Sergio Cordova strike, however, Fabian Klos was deemed to be offside in the build up as Bayernโ€™s blushes were spared.

Both sides continued to look threatening going forward as they pushed for the go-ahead goal, however it never came as the match ended 3-3 in what was a hugely entertaining clash in the Bundesliga.

The draw means Bayernโ€™s lead at the top of the league is cut to five points after RB Leipzigโ€™s 2-1 win over Augsburg. It was a thoroughly entertaining clash as both sides will feel they deserved all three points. Up next for Bayern is Eintracht Frankfurt as they look to continue on their unbeaten run.

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