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Match awards from Bayern Munich's comfortable 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig

Plenty of drama once again, but this win was far more comfortable for us!

FC Bayern Muenchen v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga
James Rodriguez celebrates his goal.
Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Dayot Upamecano. After Willi Orban was given a straight red for his challenge on Arjen Robben in just the 13th minute, Upamecano had to do it all in Leipzig's back line. He was given some reinforcement when Timo Werner was tactically withdrawn for Ibrahima Konate. Despite losing Orban as his center back partner, Upamecano did quite well to deal with the almost continuous onslaught of pressure from Bayern's attacking players. The 19-year-old's strength and physical presence were on full display, and he certainly didn't make it easy for Bayern to break Leipzig's back line down. He was, perhaps, slightly guilty of reacting too slowly in closing down James Rodriguez for his goal in the 19th minute, but, other than that, he was pretty solid for Leipzig.

Tip of the Cap: Javi Martinez. Deployed in his most natural holding-midfield role, Martinez provided the necessary stability just in front of Bayern's back four, especially after Leipzig had been reduced to 10 men. Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba spent a lot of time roaming forward, and Martinez covered the open spaces that were left behind. He showed quick, precise vision when he played the through ball to Lewandowski for his goal in the 38th minute that beat the offside trap; the pass had to be just right and Martinez weighted it perfectly. He also won all 6 of the aerial duels he was involved in, but that should come as no surprise from Martinez, who came close to scoring with a header of his own off of a corner kick just before halftime.

Golf Clap: Sebastian Rudy. Another solid x's-and-o's type of performance from Rudy, who's become quite regular at having quiet, yet decent shifts put in. Aside from a few stray passes, Rudy hardly put a foot wrong and he covered all sorts of distance with Martinez acting as the holding midfielder. The dual pivot between Thiago Alcantara and Rudy worked quite well, as each of them always seemed to know where the other one was on the pitch to decide when to hold back or when to roam forward - Arturo Vidal joining in during the 45 minutes he put in. Rudy also appeared to have soldiered on after taking a number of knocks, especially in the second half. Despite them he made more successful tackles (5) than any other player on the pitch - he never shies away from a 50/50.

Standing Ovation: Jerome Boateng. Quite a few players could have received the standing ovation, but Boateng did everything right. In addition to his solid defensive performance, Boateng also did a fine job with his distribution out of the back. It may not always be as good on the eye, but he made the simple passes when they were necessary to keep possession rather than force something going forward. Leipzig really made an effort to crowd the middle of the pitch playing a man down and some of the players in Bayern's back line where guilty more than once of playing unnecessary long balls that gave Leipzig an opportunity to break. Boateng remained disciplined in that respect. He helped Bayern keep a clean sheet without forcing the issue.

Meister of the Match: James Rodriguez. The Colombian international has been in desperate need of a strong performance for Bayern Munich, and he delivered just that in this encounter. He made a brilliantly-timed run the 19th minute to side-foot Robben's cross into the back of Peter Gulaci's goal and was involved in the passing sequence that led to Bayern's second goal in the 38th minute via a cool, right-footed Robert Lewandowski finish. Even before he scored his goal, James just looked far more comfortable in possession, and his decision making seemed more relaxed and less frenetic than it has been in the past. After his goal, you could just see how much he was growing in confidence as he rarely shied away from taking a player on. On the stats sheet, he was dispossessed only once and boasted a pass-completion rate of 93%, making a total of five key passes - his crosses into Leipzig's penalty area from both open play and corner kicks were also consistently decent. All in all, a very necessary, refreshing performance from James.

Take a bow, Jimmy:

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