Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich: Lewandowski secures win late on
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski seals dramatic late win with Best FIFA Men’s Player’s double sending Hansi Flick’s champions top of the Bundesliga
- Bayern Munich reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga after stoppage time drama
- Patrik Schick netted the opener for the hosts with a brilliant volley from 18 yards
- Bayern Munich were level before the break after Robert Lewandowski’s header
- The Polish frontman stuck deep inside added time to spark scenes of jubilation
- Lewandowski’s superb double leaves Hansi Flick’s champions two points clear
Robert Lewandowski scored a dramatic injury-time winner, his second goal of the game, to earn Bayern Munich a 2-1 comeback victory at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, sending them top of the Bundesliga table going into the Christmas break.
Patrik Schick brilliantly volleyed the hosts in front in the 14th minute, with Bayern falling behind for the seventh successive Bundesliga match.
Bayern had not lost any of the previous six, and they again overturned the deficit as the newly-crowned Best FIFA Men’s Player, Lewandowski, equalised two minutes before halftime.
Bayern Munich have reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga after defeating Bayer Leverkusen
Robert Lewandowski had nodded home the equaliser to pull Bayern back level before half-time
The Bayern frontman capitalised on a defensive mix-up and headed in coolly at the far upright
The match appeared to be heading for a draw before Lewandowski struck in the 93rd minute, sending Bayern top of the standings on 30 points, as Leverkusen dropped to second on 28 after their first league defeat of the season.
With RB Leipzig having missed the chance to go top earlier on Saturday after being held to a 0-0 draw by Cologne, Schick’s second goal in as many Bundesliga games looked to have put Leverkusen on course to retain top spot.
The hosts were masters of their own downfall, however, as they gave the ball away cheaply.
Lewandowski was on target again deep inside stoppage time to seal Bayern’s dramatic victory
Patrik Schick fired Leverkusen into the lead with a sensational volley from the edge of the box
The home side worked a corner short and Schick was able to smash in Nadiem Amiri’s delivery
Manuel Neuer, recently named the World Goalkeeper of the Year, was left rooted to the spot
Thomas Muller crossed and Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky missed the ball completely, leaving Lewandowski to head into an empty net to level things up.
While Bayern were improved after the break, they did not create too many clear-cut chances, with Leverkusen seemingly happy to take the point.
But Lewandowski’s year finished on a yet another high, as in his and Bayern’s final match until 3 January, the 32-year-old Pole fired home, via a deflection, to snatch another victory for the champions.
Bayern suffered a blow when Kingsley Coman went down and was then replaced by Leroy Sane
Jonathan Tah and Lewandowski tangled as the Bundesliga’s top two teams battled each other
Lewandowski attempted to skip beyond Lukas Hradecky as Bayern went in search of a winner
Hansi Flick’s champions leapfrogged Leverkusen after Lewandowki’s stoppage-time heroics
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