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Bayern 3, Leverkusen 1: Post-match awards

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Bayern start the Rückrunde off right.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Leon Bailey. The 20 year old Jamaican international was instrumental in Leverkusen's effort to counter-attack themselves to victory. His speed, dribbling ability and deadly shot nearly equalized the match as he sent a fine effort off the crossbar.

Tip Of The Cap: Franck Ribery. Well, you take the good, you take the bad. Ribery certainly needed the first half to shake some of the rust off his gears, but once he felt comfortable, he truly made this game a tale of two halves. Second-half Ribery took a beauty of a pass from James Rodriguez and made one of his patented runs into space to close the gap and score a goal to put Bayern up 2-0. No way first-half Ribery makes that play.

Golf Clap: Javi Martinez. Javi had the reverse Ribery today in that he played a very strong first half and faded as the game went on. Playing every bit of that center-mid-who-poaches-occasionally role he's so famous for, Javi got the first goal of the game after cleaning up a rebound from point-blank range. While he made a few mistakes in the second half with the ball at his feet, that doesn't erase his contributions in the first.

Standing Ovation: Niklas Süle. He didn't make THE tackle of the game to save a high-percentage shot from Kevin Volland (that would be Jerome Boateng), but unlike his center-back counterpart, Sule played an incredibly strong and largely mistake-free game for the whole 90 minutes. Leverkusen managed to get only one shot on target despite launching several counter attacks. None of those came to fruition due to the fine defensive work of Saint Niklas.

Meister Of The Match: James Rodriguez. I think it's safe to say James has picked up right where he left off in the Hinrunde and taken his game to a new high. It wasn't just the fact that he led the team in touches, crosses and passes, completing them at a 90% rate including 6 of 7 from 30 plus yards, it was the way he seemed to be in sync with his teammates that impressed the most. Outside of one miscommunication with Kingsley Coman late in the game, James interplayed very well with his fellow attackers. And we still haven't even mentioned his sublime free-kick goal to put this game on ice.