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RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

Bayern Munich are unable to break down RB Leipzig despite taking an early lead.

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Full Time: Bayern 1-1 Leipzig

  • Bayern should have won this game comfortably; They had numerous chances and just failed on their finishing
  • Manuel Neuer is back and no one can tell me otherwise. Another class performance including what. I’m predicting as a Save of the Season candidate. He’s my MOTM for Bayern.
  • Leipzig came out of the gates for the 2nd half roaring and it showed. Bayern, on the other hand, seemed a bit lethargic. They’re lucky they didn’t give up any goals then.
  • Kovac had some questionable substitutions, namely CoCo for Muller given the fact Muller was clearly dominating Leipzig.

90’+2’: Niklas Sule’s header flashed across a wide open net yet not Bayern player got a touch on it. Final whistle. 1-1.

90’+2’: Free Kick for Bayern in a dangerous position - within range of Coutinho or Lewandowski; Yellow card for Sabitzer

89’: GREAT SAVE! Neuer makes a fabulous 1v1 save on Timo Werner; Take the full force and knocks the wind out of himself

88’: Coutinho on for Thiago as Bayern’s last sub

87’: Nkunku starts a Leipzig counter attack, however Bayern plays great defense and clears it

84’: Leipzig start a counter attack with Werner; It eventually fizzeled out and nothing occur for Leipzig

82’: Corner for Bayern; Leipzig safely clears it away

81’: Sub Leipzig - Poulsen off; Cunha on

80’: Yellow card for Leimer after hitting Davies in the face

78’: Nkunku recieves a yellow card after fouling Bayern.

77’: OFF THE WOODWORK! Gulácsi with another stunning save off of a deflected Coman shot

76’: Corner for Bayern on a Coman cross; Led to a Hernandez rocket that . is blocked and ultimately cleared out

74’: Corner for Bayern; The ball bounces around the box offering multiple chances for Bayern, but Leipzig fortunately escape unharmed

73’: Bayern have had extended possession in and around the Leipzig half, but fail to produce anything

69’: Forsberg off for Nkunku

64’: In truly end to end stuff, Werner’s shot flashed just wide of net on another Leipzig counter attack

64’: Brilliant save from Gulácsi on a Tolisso shot who made himself immediately known

63’: Tolisso on for Muller for Bayern’s 2nd sub; Questionable choice given Muller’s everyness this game

61’: Davies on for Gnabry

60’: Absolute Save of the Season contender from Manuel Neuer on a knuckleball rocket from Sabitzer. Leipzig continue to press.

58’: SO CLOSE! Timo Werner’s cheeky backheel shot flashes just wide of net after a Leipzig counter attack

54’: Corner for Leipzig; Cleared by Bayern

53’: Corner for Bayern; header for Sule flashed wide of the goal.

52’: SO CLOSE! A sliding Lewandowski was inches away from putting a cross into the box in the back of the net, however, it pinballed out for a corner.

50’: Neuer with a brilliant fingertip save to stop Leipzig from taking the lead

49’: Pavard comes up with a clutch block on a Poulsen shot during a Leipzig counter attack that was the best chance theyve had all game

47’: Incredible touch from Forsberg starts a Leipzig counter attack that fizzled out

46’: Second half Kick off. Klostermann off, Demme on for Leipzig to start the half.

Halftime: Leipzig go into the half level. Here are some observations:

  • Leipzig don’t deserve their lead, it’s been a Bayern masterclass so far.
  • Kingsley Coman has been sharp, but he has no protection from the ref.
  • Nagelsmann has no answers for Thomas Muller in the middle.
  • Serge Gnabry and Lucas Hernandez look out of sync. Expected, as they don’t have much experience playing with each other.
  • Bayern were poor with finishing, there is no reason the team shouldn’t be three or four goals up.

45’ + 3: Forsberg slams the penalty passed Neuer’s outstretched arms. Goal Leipzig 1-1.

45’ + 2’: Sloppy challenge from Hernandez on Poulsen lead’s to a penalty for Leipzig; Forsberg to take.

45’ +1’: Pavard came inches away from getting his head onto Kimmich’s corner

44’: Lewandowski clashes with Konate, comes up with a sore jaw

42’: Leimer fouls Coman on the touch line.

41’: Corner for Leipzig. Sloppy play by Bayern’s defense leads to a shot in the box that is . deflected out for a corner

39’: VAR overturns the call of penalty for Bayern. Begins play with Leipzig possession.

38’: Penalty is going to VAR

37’:PENALTY FOR BAYERN! Hernandez is taken down on the edge of the box by Sabitzer

34’: Build up play between Muller and Gnabry almost lead to a wide open goal; Leipzig defense makes last ditch interception to stop the chance.

33’: Gulácsi makes another save on a shot from Lewandowski off of one bounce; Bayern continuing to take shots from outside the box but are putting them on target

32’: Foul on Kimmich; Freee kick at the midway part of the field.

31’: Coman and Gnabry easily get through Leipzig’s defense but Gnabry muff’s a wide open shot in the box; goal kick Leipzig.

30’: Gulácsi easily saves a shot from Gnabry that was set up by Lewadowski

29’: Freekick from Kimmich ends up with nothing as Leipzig deal with it and clear the ball.

28’: Orban with a silly challenge on Coman right outside of the box; Free kick for Bayern

27’: Neuer easily saves a shot from Werner on one of their few chances thus far.

25’: Foul by Lewandowski; Receives a Yellow card for smacking Halstenburg in the face; Halstenburg also receives a yellow card for an earlier foul on Lewandowski

24’: Leipzig is applying their signature press on Bayern’s defense which has led to Bayern being stuck in their own half

20’: Poulsen find’s himself in the Bayern half on the touchline but is unable to make anything happen out of it.

18’: Leipzig are looking all over the place. Very few opportunities to leave their own half of the field.

15’: Horrendous turnover by Gulácsi leads to a wide-open Lewandowski header that was put just over the bar. Should have been a goal

12’:Madness in the box as Lewandowski almost scores thanks to a beautiful pass from Boateng to bring play into the box, Gulácsi makes the save

10’: Through the first 10 minutes, Bayern has been dominant in midfield with Muller and Thiago actively disrupting Leipzig’s midfield. With continuing pressure we could be seeing more goals.

6’: Bayern continue to control the ball and pressure Leipzig into their own half

4’: Klostermann’s shot goes wide of goal as Leipzig almost responds immediately.

3’: TOR FOR MUNICH! Lewandowski find’s a massive hole in Leipzig’s defense and slots it away. Muller with the assist.

0’: Kickoff in Leipzig! Pack mas!

Line Up Change: Alaba was withdrawn prematch due to a muscular issue and has been replaced in the starting XI by Jerome Boateng.

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! It’s as we feared, Joshua Kimmich has been put in midfield while Philippe Coutinho rides the bench. This is gonna be a long night.

It’s crazy how it’s only matchday 4 and we’re already staring down the barrel of a huge fixture. Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig both look like the teams to beat in this Bundesliga season, and the result of their clash could have a serious impact on the title race.

As far as Niko Kovac is concerned, he has almost his entire squad at his disposal, barring the injured Leon Goretzka. Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry have both come back from highly successful international breaks, and they will be looking to carry forward their good form in the league. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller should be the expected strike pairing, given that Philippe Coutinho returned late from international duty with Brazil. However, there is a chance he could play from the start — Kovac stated that the lineup would be determined after the final training session.

In addition, Nagelsmann reportedly plans to have his team press high up the pitch — meaning that Lucas Hernandez’s ball-playing skills will be put to the test. Timo Werner is currently on a red hot streak of form (if we forget the international break didn’t happen) and the defense will have their work cut out keeping him from scoring.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany

Time: 6:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm EST

TV/streaming:, Find Your Country

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