Bayern Munich: Top three performers from 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrating against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrating against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich moved ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with their 2-0 win over visiting Bayer Leverkusen. After RB Leipzig fell to FC Koln, it paved the way for Die Roten to extend their advantage in the title race.

The hosts scored two goals within the first 15 minutes of the match and never relinquished their advantage. This time around they did not have to rely on a second-half stoppage winner to defeat Leverkusen as the winning goals came early in the match. Here are the top three Bayern performers from the victory.

Manuel Neuer

Neuer registered his eighth clean sheet of the Bundesliga season. He recorded four saves in the victory and played a key role in ensuring Leverkusen were held goalless at the Allianz Arena. The German goalkeeper made two great saves in the 75th minute when Nadim Amiri’s curling effort was stopped and then off the ensuing corner kick Neuer was able to handle another shot.

Arguably his best save of the match came in the 81st minute when he was able to stop another long-range effort from Amiri. It was certainly a well-deserved clean sheet for Neuer. The German goalkeeper will be looking to maintain this form going into the final four games of the season.

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

For the second consecutive Bundesliga match, Choupo-Moting found the back of the net for Die Roten. He showed great awareness and finishing ability to open the scoring in the seventh minute. In addition to his goal, the Bayern striker led the team with five key passes, which was the highest number of key passes he’s recorded in a match this season.

With Choupo-Moting scoring in four of his last six matches, he certainly deserves praise for how he has performed during the absence of Robert Lewandowski. He’s been delivering goals at a consistent rate and was instrumental in the last two Bundesliga victories Die Roten has recorded. It’s been a great run of form from the 32-year-old.

Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich delivered Bayern’s second goal of the match with a fantastic strike from just inside the penalty area. The German midfielder took plenty of shots in this match as he produced a total of four shots, two of which were on target.

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Kimmich nearly scored a second goal in the 35th minute when his effort from outside the penalty area forced Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky to make a diving stop. In addition to his goal, Kimmich completed 87% of his passes along with one key pass and three tackles.