The matchday six of the Bundesliga witnessed an enthralling encounter between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. Considering the recent good form of both teams, this game lived up to the billing. Bayern conceded two goals in the first half, but Harry Kane and Leroy Sane helped them to salvage a point by scoring two in the second half.
Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae recovered from minor knocks to start against RB Leipzig. Konrad Laimer continued in the right-back position, while Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka formed the midfield pairing. The attacking quartet picked itself after Serge Gnabry was ruled out for a few weeks due to an injury to the forearm.
Bayern started the game on a good note as Kane created the first big chance of the game in the third minute. He found the run of Jamal Musiala, but Janis Blaswich denied the youngster with a terrific save. The visitors continued to dominate the possession, but the home side eventually opened the scoring in the 20th minute against the run of play.
Lois Openda managed to hold off Min-jae after a great pass from Xaver Schagler. Openda’s shot deflected off the South Korean defender, giving Sven Ulreich no chance to make the save. Leipzig doubled their lead six minutes later. Ulreich failed to collect the cross, which allowed Openda to set up the goal for Castello Lukeba.
Leipzig managed to keep Die Roten quiet for the rest of the first half. Bayern couldn’t respond well after conceding two goals in the space of six minutes. However, Tuchel’s input at half-time certainly helped Bayern. The visitors improved the tempo of the game and pinned Leipzig way back in their half.
Bayern’s perseverance eventually led to a goal in the 56th minute. Sane’s freekick was handled by Benjamin Henrichs, which gave the visitors a route to get back in the game. Kane ruthlessly converted from the spot. Leipzig continued to struggle with Die Roten’s intensity on and off the ball.
Raphael Guerreiro came close to scoring the equaliser at the hour mark as his shot skimmed past the post. The Bavarian club eventually got back in the game with the help of Musiala and Sane. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder carried the ball from Die Roten’s box to the final third and played an inch-perfect pass to send Sane into a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Sane emphatically finished the move to level the score for Bayern.
Leipzig and Bayern had two good chances at the end of the game to snatch the winner, but they couldn’t put the ball in the net. Even though Bayern dominated the possession, it was a fair result as Leipzig defended well for the majority of the game.
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Courtesy of the draw against RB Leipzig on Saturday, Bayern have slipped down to third position in the league table. The defending champions are two points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen. Tuchel’s men will look to bounce back from this disappointing result on Tuesday when they face FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.