Match report: Bayern Munich 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen recorded only their 18th-ever win against Bayern Munich with a surprise 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Hans-Dieter Flick’s side would have ended the day top of the table with RB Leipzig with three points but were undone by a Leon Bailey first half brace and some unfortunate breaks in the second half.

Bayern Munich struck the goal frame three times after the break, whilst Robert Lewandowski poked wide when one-one.

The Bavarians had won all four games following the departure of Niko Kovac, scoring 16 goals without conceding under Flick.

Leon Bailey ended that run with a clinical finish inside the opening 10 minutes to surprise the hosts. However, Bayern Munich drew level in the 34th minute through Thomas Muller, and their fans could be forgiven if they expected to kick on and pick up the three points from there.

However, Bailey immediately restored Leverkusen’s lead as Peter Bosz’s side held out until the break.

Bayer Leverkusen lost Wendell, Charles Aranguiz and Bailey to injury, and were then reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes when centre-back Jonathan Tah tripped Philippe Coutinho on the edge of the penalty area to prevent the Brazilian going through one-on-one with Lukáš Hrádecký.

Tah had been key in the Leverkusen defence, but with a combination on brothers Lars and Sven Bender in the middle for the final 10 minutes they were just about able to hang on to pull off the shock victory.

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