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Bayern Munich 3-2 Paderborn: Initial reactions and observations

A supposed lowkey tie turned into a thriller with Paderborn equalising twice to scare Bayern!

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Initial observations:

  • The mistake from Neuer leading to Paderborn’s equalizer just before half-time gave Paderborn the breathing room to stay in the game and the confidence to equalize a second time.
  • Hansi Flick got his substitutions right with goals following both of them and managed to clinch a win to stay on top of the table.

FULLTIME — The match ends at 3-2!

88’ — GOALL! Lewandowski scores again to give Bayern the lead!

86’ — Substitution! Joshua Zirkzee comes on for Tolisso.

75’ — Goal. Paderborn equalise again.

70’ — GOAL! Lewandowski scores to give Bayern the lead!

63’ — Double substitution! Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman come on for Coutinho and Odriozola.

Second-Half Kicksoff — We go again!

Halftime Observations:

  • Bayern mostly played in second gear, which is all that’s needed in a game against relatively easy opposition in Paderborn especially with the upcoming Champions League knockout game against Chelsea next week.
  • Alvaro Odriozola had a good first half on his Bundesliga debut. He played with attacking intent sending in dangerous crosses into the box.
  • The score would have been 1-0 for Bayern, had it not been for a rare mistake from Manuel Neuer who missed the clearance after coming off his line. Dennis Srbeny took the rare chance that came his way and slotted the ball past the Bayern defenders into an open goal to level the score at 1-1.

44’ — Goal. Paderborn equalize after a rare mistake from Neuer who misses the ball after coming off his line.

25’ — GOAL! Serge Gnabry scores on his 100th Bundesliga appearance after a good piece of skill to hold the ball off of a few defenders in the box!

13’ — Gerrit Holtmann goes down after clashing heads with Phillipe Coutinho; taken off the pitch temporarily for a concussion check.

8’ — Lewandowski’s header off a beautiful cross from Bundesliga debutant Alvaro Odriozola goes wide!

Kickoff — We are underway!!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! As expected, Hansi Flick has opted for a rotated lineup for today’s game!

Matchday! Just a few days before the Champions League game against Chelsea, Bayern Munich face bottom-placed Paderborn at the Allianz Arena. While the result of this game might seem like a foregone conclusion, Hansi Flick has a lot to think about.

Jerome Boateng and Benjamin Pavard are both suspended, which means Bayern will be forced to start an entire backline of fullbacks — Alphonso Davies, David Alaba, Lucas Hernandez, and Alvaro Odriozola are the only defensive players left to the Bavarians at this moment. In case you’re not keeping track, that means Bayern will have three left footers in defense, with Odri (the most inexperienced player in the backline) being the only player playing his natural position. Paderborn, despite their league position, are known for playing positive attacking football, so Bayern’s makeshift backline could be in for a rough night.

In attack, Flick will have to think about resting some of his key players — Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller have both racked up a ton of minutes this season, and the injury-prone Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman are needed for the Chelsea game. But aside from maybe Philippe Coutinho, Flick doesn’t have any adequate backups for his front line at the moment, so rotation will be difficult. Hopefully, it works out, because the bosses are pinning a lot on this season.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST

TV/streaming:, Find Your Country

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