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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen

Hansi Flick loses his first match as Bayern’s manager.

Photo by Franz Kirchmayr/SEPA.Media /Getty Images

Bayern Munich lost their first match with Hansi Flick at the helm. Prior to today’s game, Bayern had yet to concede a goal under their new manager, but they were unable to keep up their great defensive form. Leon Bailey netted two goals in to seal Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-1 victory over the Bundesliga champions. Bayern Munich had multiple shots hit the frame of the goal, and the Leverkusen keeper made some good saves, but Bayern made a mess out of several of their chances as well.

Jersey swap: Leon Bailey

Leon Bailey was by far the best player on the pitch, scoring a brace for his club. The Jamaican international utilized his speed on the counter attack and calmly finished with a strike to the side of the net for both goals. Manuel Neuer did not have much of a chance to save either attempt. Bailey would leave the match with an injury in the 63rd minute but did enough in his time on the pitch to earn his team the 3 points.

Tip of the cap: Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho provided a decent spark off the bench coming in for Thomas Müller in the 69th minute. He did not have too long to make his mark but had a couple shots on target and some decent passes as well. Coutinho’s biggest contribution came when he was fouled right outside of the box by Jonathan Tah leading to a red card. Unfortunately, Bayern were unable to get a point out of the game despite Coutinho’s contribution and being up a man.

Golf clap: Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka was one of the few bright spots for Bayern today. His passing was immense with 84% accuracy in the final third. He created multiple chances, one resulting in an assist to Thomas Müller. Goretzka also had a header that hit the crossbar off a Joshua Kimmich corner kick and impressed with a couple of good runs.

Standing ovation: Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich was all over the field as a defensive midfielder today and also played some minutes at fullback when Flick made a substitution that changed the formation. Kimmich had several successful crosses and did well distributing the ball around the Leverkusen defense. His defense was good as well, but unfortunately, he wasn’t in a good position to stop the Leverkusen counters.

Meister of the match: Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller scored Bayern’s only goal today. It was a great effort from outside the box that went in despite Leverkusen’s keeper getting a hand to it. He had some key passes as well as a couple of crosses too. Thomas Müller was then subbed out at the 68th minute. Ultimately, Müller’s first Bundesliga goal of the season ended up not amounting to anything as Bayern were overall poor and lost.

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