Bundesliga: 1-1 deserved for Leipzig against Munich

Status: 01/20/2023 11:17 p.m.

RB Leipzig drew Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and deserved a point. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer made his debut for the record champions in the first game after the winter break, but conceded when it was 1-1 (0-1).

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gave the record champions the advantage (37th minute) at the start of the 16th day, Friday evening (February 20, 2023). Marcel Halstenberg equalized shortly after the start of the second half (52nd). The emotion ran high when Leipzig equalized and when Dayot Upamecano fouled Dominik Szoboszlai – but only for a short time.

Rose with personnel problems in attack, Nagelsmann in defense

Leipzig coach Marco Rose was yet to be without attacking star Christopher Nkunku, and Janis Blaswich also protected the Saxons’ box for injured Peter Gulacsi. Striker Timo Werner, who was injured before the World Cup, started on the bench. In addition to Manuel Neuer, Bayern were still missing Sadio Mané and defenders Lucas Hernandéz and Noussair Mazraoui through injury.

Although RB starts powerfully, the guests create the first opportunity to score: After a diagonal pass from Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry shoots from 14 meters on the left. Josko Gvardiol deflected the low shot and the ball hit the right post. As a result, Leipzig repeatedly managed to disrupt the flow of play for the record champions without being able to create scoring chances themselves.

Munich more convincing

Not so Bayern: After a ball stopped in midfield by Joshua Kimmich to the right of Benjamin Pavard, the ball tumbled over the left post after half an hour of play. Leon Goretzka dove low and headed the ball into the goal. But after a lengthy VAR check, referee Daniel Siebert rightly disallowed the goal as Bayern defender Matthijs de Ligt had tried to reach Kimmich’s cross from an offside position and therefore actively interfered in the match.

Less than ten minutes later, Bayern took the lead: Gnabry crossed from the left with the utmost precision in the run of Choupo-Moting, who won against three companions in Leipzig jerseys and pushed the ball to the over the line to make it 1-0.

Leipzig strikes back

The game started unchanged in the second half: Leipzig played well with Bayern and gave Bayern Munich no chance. The somewhat surprising equalizer was, however, accompanied by violent protests from the guests: André Silva vehemently won against Kimmich. Szoboszlai didn’t quite catch his pass, but Halstenberg did, who pushed the ball past Sommer helplessly from close range. The Munich people criticized the use of Silva against Kimmich, the referee team quickly agreed and let the game continue. Kimmich told ‘DAZN’ after the match when asked if it would have been a foul, “No.”

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The pace of the game accelerated accordingly, as did the intensity of the duels and discussions. The next high point in terms of excitement came after ex-Leipziger Upamecano fouled incumbent Szoboszlai. The Hungarian put the ball in front of him, “Upa” my tackle attempt hit him on the foot. Siebert ‘only’ showed the yellow to the Frenchman, which angered the hosts.

Exhausting final phase

A quarter of an hour from the end of the game, Bayern seemed to relaunch the final offensive. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann brought in Kingsley Coman for Jamal Musiala, who was a bit low key this time Thomas Müller entered the game late. Rose sent Timo Werner and Lukas Klostermann into the race. But both teams lost their strength. The first to struggle with cramps was Leipzig defender Mohamed Simakan. And the nerves were also fading: Rose intervened too intensely from the touchline and saw a yellow card from referee Siebert.

In the dying minutes, the two teams delivered an open exchange of shots in midfield with the greater chance for Leipzig with a hit and for Bayern with a Müller shot. In the end, it was a fair draw.

“It doesn’t suit me, we wanted to win,” said Leipzig’s Xaver Schlager on ‘DAZN’, “in the second half we played well. To go out 1-1 is good, but certainly not satisfying.” “It didn’t work 100% process-wise. But we’ll take the point with us,” Sommer said on “Sat.1.” He said of his move: “It was very hectic and intense. I’m glad it worked out. I’m looking forward to the challenge at a really big club.”

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