Bayern Munich get back to winning ways against RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich ended the run of three defeats with a narrow win against RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Bayern Munich players celebrating the winner against RB Leipzig.
Bayern Munich players celebrating the winner against RB Leipzig. / Boris Streubel/GettyImages

A week of turmoil at Bayern Munich ended on a positive note as the club ended the dreadful run of three defeats with a narrow victory against RB Leipzig on Saturday. The 2-1 win against RB Leipzig came courtesy of an injury-time winner from Harry Kane. The win on Saturday made sure that Die Roten remain eight points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Thomas Tuchel made a couple of changes to the starting lineup that started against VfL Bochum on matchday 22. Joshua Kimmich was deployed in the right-back position since Noussair Mazraoui and Sacha Boey are on the sidelines due to injury. Eric Dier replaced Kim Min-jae in the heart of defense. Aleksandar Pavlovic started in the midfield, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting made way for Leroy Sane in the starting XI.

Bayern almost got an ideal start as Harry Kane’s header was pushed onto the bar by Janis Blaswich. It was a terrific cross from Raphael Guerreiro to create the chance for Kane. After the early effort in the fifth minute, Bayern struggled to create notable opportunities in the next 30 minutes.

The hosts also managed to keep visitors quiet during the same period. Leroy Sane had the golden opportunity to score the opener in the 35th minute when Jamal Musiala played a clever pass to find him in the box. The German winger’s shot was saved by Blaswich.

Bayern dominated possession but struggled to consistently test Blaswich throughout the first half. RB Leipzig kept things tight at the back, waiting for the right moment to initiate counter-attacking moves.

The start of the second half also saw both teams struggling to create definitive chances. Amadou Haidara tested Manuel Neuer with a solid effort from outside the box. The German goalkeeper did well to palm the shot away and preserve the clean sheet.

The hosts finally got the better off Blaswich in the 56th minute. Musiala played an incisive pass to find Kane’s run in the box. The English forward hammered the ball past Blaswich from a tight angle. It was a tremendous finish to give Die Roten the much needed lead.

The Bavarian club failed to use the opening goal as the springboard to assert their authority on the game. RB Leipzig responded strongly after going down, with Benjamin Sesko coming close to equalising at hour mark. The Slovenian striker eventually got his goal ten minutes later after a smart attacking move from Leipzig. Willi Orban dribbled the ball in the final third and found Dani Olmo around the edge of the box with an incisive pass. The Spaniard laid off the ball for Sesko. The young forward calmly guided the ball past Neuer to score the equaliser.

After RB Leipzig scored the equaliser, Bayern struggled to create chances. Harry Kane had a half chance to put his team back in the lead around the 80th minute, but he couldn’t keep his header down to test Blaswich.

A 1-1 draw would have been fair result as both teams hadn’t done enough to get all three points. However, Kane had other plans. Eric Dier played an accurate long ball to find Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on the left flank in the first minute of the added time. The Cameroon international lifted the ball in the box to find Kane. The English striker did the rest by volleying the ball into the net and win the game for the hosts.

Bayern were far from their best against RB Leipzig, but Tuchel will be relieved to get all three points. After difficult two weeks, Tuchel and his players should use this win to go on a long run of positive results until the end of the season.