When the score was 3-0 for Bayern, the referee blew his whistle in the first half, in which the guests from Leverkusen simply didn’t get enough in every respect. The Munich team certainly didn’t play freely, but developed a lot of dominance from the start with high ball possession. Many chances didn’t spring up, but the efficiency of the record champions has been brutal so far. Sané scored the opening goal with the first end of the game (3′), before a Hrádecký error made it 2-0 for Musiala (17′). It was more than half an hour before the Werkself recorded successful offensive actions for the first time. In direct return, Mané then scored the almost decisive third goal (39th). The Rhinelanders have to improve by worlds.
Demirbay finds Tah with a corner from the left, but the defender can’t put the pressure behind the header, which is so slow that Andrich, who pursues it, almost gets the shot. But Neuer is there with his fingertips and clarifies.
The hosts again use powerplay in the Leverkusen penalty area, but always only play the ball to the next player instead of just looking for a finish. At the end of a very long relay pass, it is finally Mané who stumbles the ball slightly so that Hrádecký can fix the ball.
Tooor for Bayern Munich, 3-0 by Sadio Mané
Just as Leverkusen is waking up from its slumber, ice-cold Bayern increase to 3-0 with the next attack. Musiala crosses the sixteen for Mané, who slips up slightly when accepting the ball. Although he keeps the ball, he no longer has a pass station due to this delay. Without further ado, he does it directly from 16 meters. The ball takes an unpleasant deflection and hits the bottom right corner, where Hrádecký cannot hold it.
Bayer Leverkusen approach and almost score a goal with a one-off by Robert Andrich. The 28-year-old breaks away in the center of Joshua Kimmich and then just hits it from 23 meters. The rich right-footed shot to the far corner missed the crossbar by just a few millimeters.
Finally the first offensive sign of life from the Werkself: Hudson-Odoi serves Diaby, who can shoot from the edge of the penalty area. The tight right-footed shot is a bit too central, but would have fitted right under the bar. Neuer has to stretch and can clear the ball to a corner, which then brings nothing further.
The Werkself didn’t interfere significantly, so the Reds’ next foray was quickly carried down the left wing to the baseline. It was only there that Kossounou was able to clear Musiala’s corner with a tackle, and the doorbell almost rang for the third time. Kimmich serves the completely free Sabitzer in the backcourt, who then takes maximum risk with the subsequent volley, but shoots the tight shot just past the guest goal.
The Rhinelanders continue to have major problems actively taking part in the game, which almost entirely passes Leverkusen. Seoane, who is standing silently on the sidelines with his hands crossed, doesn’t like that either.
The record champion can combine almost at will. Musiala passes a flat diagonal ball into the center with a hoe into Davies’ run, which is worth seeing. His flat cross is then too imprecise. Tah can clarify.
Davies starts from the left wing in the center and is not disturbed by a single Leverkusen player. Only after a one-two with Musiala is his right-footed shot from 17 meters blocked by the very passive defense of the guests.
Kerem Demirbay finds Patrik Schick with a free kick from the right half field. The attacker must take the ball with his back to goal with his groin. However, because the ball jumps, there is no danger in this scene either.
While the Reds continue to ramp up, Bayer still shows no reaction. With very simple balls, the Munich team repeatedly undermine the opposing defense. However, Müller and Mané do not come to an end.
Tooor for Bayern Munich, 2-0 through Jamal Musiala
FCB sets the tone and consequently increases to 2-0 against the erratic Leverkusen team. After a deep pass, Musiala frees himself with a one-two with Müller and then takes a flat shot from 13 meters in the right-hand position to the near corner. With that he caught Hrádecký completely on the wrong foot. The Bayer keeper still gets his hand on the ball, but can no longer prevent the impact. A not inconsiderable percentage of the goal is his.
Demirbay puts Musiala just in front of his own penalty area. Kimmich grabs the stationary ball from a central position of 22 meters. The hard right-footed shot, however, rushes a good two meters past the top right of the bend. Kick off Leverkusen.
Almost a quarter of an hour has passed and the German record champions have dominated the game across the board so far. Leverkusen just lags behind for long stretches, has to sweat defensively and isn’t doing anything offensively yet.
For the first time, the Werkself make representations in the Munich penalty area. But Frimpong hesitates too long with the shot when the shot is clear. When he then shoots after another spin, Davies is able to successfully block.
The Rhinelanders are not in the game at all. Robert Andrich unnecessarily makes a hair-raising bad pass in the build-up game, but Jamal Musiala then takes too long to get the transition going.
Kimmich serves Sané, whose diagonal pass arrives at Mané. From 13 meters half-left position, the Senegalese shoots the ball directly into the arms of Hrádecký, who grabs it safely.
Hrádecký tries to put the ball away, but manages to ricochet, which leads to the Reds’ first corner. Kimmich is looking for de Ligt in the center, but Tah decides to intervene and clears with his head.
The early goal is obviously good for Bayern. The ball runs very smoothly and the next attack on the guest goal rolls over Davies. Mané then looks for Sané from the corner of the penalty area, but Bakker is in a good position and can clear with a header.
Tooor for Bayern Munich, 1-0 by Leroy Sané
Dream start for FCB! With the first attack of the game, the record champions take a 1-0 lead. Musiala is sent up the right wing and then has the eye for the free Sané. The flat pass is perfect and after receiving the ball strongly, Sané simply keeps it on from twelve meters on the right. The shot from the right is still deflected and hits the top left corner, which Hrádecký cannot hold.
Kick-off in the Allianz Arena. The Bavarians are wearing their Wiesn outfits in wine red today. The guests from the Rhineland are dressed entirely in white. Here we go.
By the way, Bayern and Leverkusen face each other for the 96th time in a competitive game tonight. With 59 wins, FCB leads the direct comparison (17 draws, 19 defeats). However, in the last three home games in the Bundesliga, the players from the Isar have only scored four out of a possible nine points against the Werkself. Only Borussia Mönchengladbach stole more points in the last three guest appearances from the Allianz Arena…
Gerardo Seoane makes very modest adjustments tonight compared to the 1-1 draw against Bremen. There is only one change among the guests from the Rhineland: For the first time since his dismissal in Mainz, Mitchel Bakker is back in the starting eleven. Piero Hincapié initially takes his place on the bench.
Bayer Leverkusen got off to a really bad start. The Werkself not only failed in the DFB-Pokal at third division Elversberg, they also lost four of their first five league games. Shortly before the international break, the Rhinelanders rewarded themselves for a strong showing with a 2-0 home win against Atlético Madrid. Already at the weekend there was no sign of a trend reversal in the 1-1 draw in the league against newly promoted Werder Bremen. With just five out of a possible 21 points, Bayer is 15th in the table.
Julian Nagelsmann had two weeks to think about how to react to the 1-0 defeat at FCA. There were two changes to the starting lineup: Marcel Sabitzer and Benjamin Pavard replaced Noussair Mazraoui and Leon Goretzka (both on the bench) in the starting eleven.
In the Champions League, Bayern celebrated two 2-0 victories over Inter Milan and Barcelona. However, this was offset by the meager yield in the Bundesliga, when only one of six possible points could be scored from the games against VfB Stuttgart (2:2) and Augsburg (0:1). In the said bankruptcy in the Fuggerstadt, the Reds even remained without their own goal for the first time in 87 consecutive league games. The German record champions are counted accordingly for the eighth matchday.
In this duel between two old rivals, two teams are facing each other tonight, which recently fell well short of their own claims. The German record champions made their worst start in twelve years and, for the first time since a time window between November 2001 and January 2002, remained without a win in four consecutive league games. For the guests from the Rhineland, it is meanwhile even the worst Bundesliga start in 40 years.
Good evening and welcome from the Allianz Arena. FC Bayern Munich welcomes Bayer Leverkusen here today as part of the eighth match day of the Bundesliga. Kick-off is at 8:30 p.m.