Bayern down Leverkusen 3-1 as Bundesliga restarts

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Time and time again, Bayer were caught out in the middle as their midfield was easily bypassed. However, at no point did this work on Friday.

Heynckes said: "Leon Bailey has made good progress and is scoring goals and Julian Brandt is a talented player".

- Wendell played in his 100th Bundesliga game and became the fifth Brazilian to do so for Leverkusen.

What will irk them even more is the fact that Leon Bailey nearly made it 1-1 moments before Ribery's goal. On another night it would have been 1-1, but minutes later the home side were 2-0 down. Leverkusen definitely don't want to start falling to the wrong end of that crowd, and a shocking win over Bayern would not only help them start to gain separation from the pack, it would help them gain some much-needed momentum to keep pulling away. But after working hard in Qatar [during a mid-season training camp] we played well - although we managed to win 3-1 it was tricky as Leverkusen put us under a lot of pressure. Indeed, Martinez, after scoring the opener, nearly cost his side a goal as he gifted the ball to Leverkusen. While it was a wasteful moment, it displayed that the home side were suddenly up for the challenge.

Coach Jupp Heynckes sent on winter signing Sandro Wagner for his second Bayern debut - he made four Bundesliga appearances for the senior side in the 2007-08 season - but James stole the limelight with his ideal free kick into the top left corner.

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The Bavarians, eyeing a record-extending sixth consecutive league title, are 11 points clear at the top, having won nine out of 10 league games under coach Jupp Heynckes, who took over in October following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

Rodriguez instead ensured that Bayern took all three points with a fine, stoppage-time free kick after being brought down by Bender on the edge of the area.

Leverkusen on the other hand were guilty of not getting off and running soon enough.

Leverkusen, who remain fourth, reduced Bayern's lead in the 70th minute with a finish from Kevin Volland.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Ulreich - Kimmich, Boateng, Sule, Alaba - Vidal, Tolisso - Robben, James, Ribery - Wagner.

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