Duel at the summit. With nine points each in the first three matchdays of the Bundesliga, they met this Friday in the Allianz Arena Bayern Munich j Bayer Leverkusen to open the fourth day. The great expectation that the locals would soon win after starting the fight with crushing pressure and clear dominance was fulfilled in the goal of Harry Kane, who scored with a header after a corner in the 7th minute.
The English goalscorer scored the first goal, but Xabi Alonso’s team did not get nervous. Little by little, with changes like Hofmann on the wing and the great handling of the ball that they are now used to, they came out of the cave. A deeper insight into Sven Ulreich’s domain until Alejandro Grimaldo scored a great goal from a free kick in the 24th minute. The visitors equalized the game and scored another goal through Victor Boniface, but it was disallowed due to a narrow offside call.
Bayern, hurt in their pride, tried to use their caste and their usual chicanery to get back up the table. But the second goal couldn’t come in this first half despite some clear chances from players like Leroy Sané. But it was clear that Xabi Alonso’s men had managed to make their rivals pretty uncomfortable today.
A crazy ending
Already in the second half, Thomas Tuchel’s team found it difficult to find their usual rhythm as Bayer Leverkusen continued to hold the champions to a draw. In fact, the local coach ended up looking for something else and brought in Jamal Musiala, returning from injury, for the ailing Josuha Kimmich, who appears to have lost his confidence. However, the visitors stuck to their idea.
Xabi Alonso’s team’s good ball handling, their tactical accuracy and the quality of many of their players make them an extremely hard-working team that will have a lot to fight for this season. And in the 78th minute, Florian Wirtz also had a clear chance to put the guests in the lead when he hit the post against Ulreich. In the 81st minute, it was Bonifatius who almost scored as Leverkusen continued to clearly keep the home side, who couldn’t get to the ball, at bay.
But if you forgive the German giant, you usually pay for it. And in the 87th minute it was Leon Goretzka who completed the sentence, overtook Tuchel’s men almost at the end of the game. It was a play on Tel’s left side, he left Kossounou and his death pass was deflected at will by the German midfielder. But Just as the game seemed to be coming to an end, a penalty scored by Exequiel Palacios in the 94th minute helped the visitors equalize. A 2-2 that lives up to what we saw this Friday and with both teams on 10 points. Xabi Alonso seems to have found a way to stop the great German champions, who tried in the end, but Upamecano’s goal was disallowed for offside.