Yellow card for Xaver Schlager (RB Leipzig)
RBL still wants to respond before the break and is now throwing everything forward. After losing the ball, it also opens up space for FCB. Before Musiala could start, however, Schlager drew the tactical foul by catching the nimble Munich player from behind. Light yellow card.
On the other hand, Emil Forsberg has a possible answer on his feet. After the Swede took possession of the ball by counter-pressing in the Munich penalty area, he simply aimed from the edge of the penalty area. The full left shot, however, is clearly missing. Munich kick-off.
Too much for Bayern Munich, 0:1 by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Now the Red Bulls have rung the bell again and this time the goal counts to make it 1-0, which Serge Gnabry largely owns. The 27-year-old slotted in from the left and then played an incredibly accurate cross from the corner of the box, which landed perfectly in Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s run. At almost five yards, he just has to keep his footing and pushes the ball past the desperate Janis Blaswich over the line.
Yellow card for Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
Leipzig follows and secures the second ball. The second wave of attacks rolls over Simakan on the right, whereupon Musiala unpacks the scythe. It is a tactical foul and therefore a clear yellow card.
Upamecano is in a bad position with a deep pass and has to let André Silva pass who finds himself alone at a good thirty meters from the opposing goal. However, Upamecano stays and manages to separate the Portuguese from the tackle when Silva tries to put the ball on his right foot in the opposition’s penalty area.
VAR nevertheless reconsiders the situation and it takes a remarkably long time to confirm De Ligt’s offside position. After almost two minutes he can now continue with the score at 0:0.
Now Blaswich have to fish the ball out of their own net for the first time in the game, but the goal doesn’t count. Pavard bursts the leather from the baseline on the head of Choupo-Moting, who misses the ball. Thankfully, the end extends into the run of Goretzka, who throws the ball into the net from a tight angle with a diving header. But then the flag rises. The goal didn’t count because of an offside position from de Ligt, which sent Pavard from the baseline in the first place.
After recovering the ball in the center, the Red Bulls want to act quickly. Forsberg lays the ball down just outside the Munich penalty area then lays it down for Dani Olmo, whose right-footed shot from 17 yards clearly misses Yann Sommer’s box on the right. Bayern kick off.
After a cross pass from Schlager, Szoboszlai loses the ball, but the chain behind him immediately returns to press with all the vehemence and force a direct recovery of the ball. A lot of this game is just that midfield joke.
Now the Red Bulls also get their first semi-significant result. Olmo has plenty of space in the middle and then serves Forsberg, who settles for a direct shot from 18 yards. The ball comes high and in the middle of Sommer, who has no problem and seizes it safely.
The Munich have not yet really found a gap. Orban also easily blocked a steep poison pass from Sané.
Kimmich brings in a free kick from the right half into the Leipzig penalty area, but Andre Silva helps from behind and can clear with a header. No danger.
Almost a quarter of an hour has passed and apart from Gnabry’s shot at the post, too energetic in the aerial duel against Simakan and canceled for foul play, there are still no scenes worth reporting in the penalty area. The game is still quite entertaining.
Once again, the inhabitants of Leipzig press extremely high and Upamecano stumbles against his ex-colleagues again. The Bayern defender now resolutely hits the ball wide against three Saxon attackers. The throw-in then gives the Munich team enough time to reorganize defensively.
But the Reds also have Dusel now. Upamecano was the last man to lose the ball to Olmo, who was at De Ligt but hesitated too much before dribbling. The Dutchman therefore tackles resolutely and pushes Olmo away from the ball.
Post for Munich! Now the guests of the Isar crowd and work quickly on the ball. Sané sends Gnabry down the left, who simply shoots in the direction of the 14-yard long corner. Blaswich stretches in vain, but the powerful strike only hits the right post. Fortunately for the Saxons.
Bayern are also entering the game now, but without getting dangerously close to the opposing third. RBL works well against the ball.
The Saxons start very alert and energetic and immediately put Bayern under pressure with high pressing. The record champions, on the other hand, still struggle in the opening minutes.
Kick-off in the Red Bull Arena. Except for a few red accents, the hosts are dressed entirely in white. Munich guests are dressed entirely in black. Here we are.
Today’s record clearly speaks for the record-breaking German champions, who have lost just one of their 15 competitive games against the Saxons (nine wins, five draws). FCB are currently unbeaten in ten games with the Red Bulls and have also won their last two away games at the Red Bull Arena.
At RB Leipzig there are four changes tonight from the 2-1 away win at Bremen, with which the Saxons said goodbye to the World Cup truce: Dani Olmo, Mohamed Simakan, Konrad Laimer and Marcel Halstenberg start for Christopher Nkunku, Amadou Haïdara, Benjamin Henrichs and David Raum.
Let’s take a look at the line-ups: At FC Bayern, new signing Yann Sommer is right between the posts of the seriously injured Manuel Neuer. Additionally, Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies will play for Kingsley Coman (bench) and Lucas Hernández (torn cruciate ligament). Compared to the last competitive match against Schalke (2-0), there are three changes to the Reds’ starting XI.
The fact that both teams really want to play football is also evident from their ball possession rates. Bayern (66%) and Leipzig (58%) are the two Bundesliga clubs who have had the ball longest on average in league operations so far this season.
Both teams showed up in remarkably solid form ahead of the World Cup break. While the Red Bulls have won their last four league games in a row, the Munich side have won ten competitive games in a row. The last time this happened on the Isar was in the fall of 2020 under Hansi Flick.
The Bundesliga’s long break will end with a real top game tonight. No other Bundesliga side have so far scored more points at their home stadium than the Red Bulls, who are unbeaten at home and have scored 19 from 21 in the Red Bull Arena. FC Bayern, on the other hand, are the strongest away team in the Bundesliga and have conceded 17 out of a possible 24 points in eight away matches, conceding just seven goals.
Good evening and welcome from the Red Bull Arena. This is where RB Leipzig will host FC Bayern Munich at 8:30 p.m. this evening as part of the 16th day of the Bundesliga.
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