Late drama allows Leverkusen to grab draw at Bayern

Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen played out to a thrilling draw on Friday in Bavaria. Although still early stages of the campaign, the match featured the top two teams in the Bundesliga table. Visiting Leverkusen entered the night ahead of the reigning champions on goal difference. They were the only two German clubs to win all three of their opening league matches of the season.

The fixture also marked the return of former Bayern star Xabi Alonso. The current Leverkusen head coach previously played the final three seasons of his career with the Bavarian giants. He helped the German giants win Bundesliga titles in every season he was with the team.

Hosts grab early lead, but Leverkusen fights back

Bayern jumped ahead to an early lead thanks to a goal from top summer signing Harry Kane. The star striker headed the ball into an open net after his teammates earned a corner kick in the seventh minute. A Leverkusen defender was able to initially win a header of his own in an attempted clearance, but the ball fell straight to Kane at the far post. The England international also just scored for his country during a feisty face-off against Scotland three days prior.

It took a bit of time for the visitors to get into the game. In fact, Bayern dominated the opening 20 minutes of the match. However, Leverkusen eventually leveled the scoreline in the 24th minute from an incredible free-kick goal by Alex Grimaldo. The defender struck a beautiful curling shot over the Bayern wall and into the top corner of the net. It was Grimaldo’s first-ever Bundesliga goal.

The game went into the halftime break level, but there was a plethora of chances by both teams to take the lead. Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface was a handful for the Bayern defense throughout the first half. The forward even put the ball into the net in the 33rd minute, but the score was called back for offside. Bayern then had four or five solid chances right before the break as well….

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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2023-09-15 20:57:32

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