Bayern and Leipzig leave each other back to back

Bayern and Leipzig leave each other back to back

The clash at the top between the leader and the 3rd in the Bundesliga promised sparks. He gave birth to a small chimney fire.

Absent longer than its counterparts, the Bundesliga only resumed its rights this Friday, January 20. But the German authorities had decided to satisfy the patient supporters by programming, as a resumption match, an enticing duel between Leipzig and Bayern Munich. But this duel at the top, unexciting at the start, was above all a physical fight. With, as a conclusion, a rather logical draw.

A poor half-time turns to Bayern’s advantage

The first half is like all Bayern games against the best German teams: a bit of pressure at the start of the match and then a game managed from start to finish. But, this time, with less spectacle. Because the Bavarians had obviously decided to play with the handbrake. While we were hoping for fireworks, the first half was just a wet firecracker.

After half an unexciting half hour, Leon Goretzka thinks to wake up the followers but sees his goal being disallowed for an offside by Mathijs De Ligt. We can go back to sleep. But 7 minutes later, Bayern finally chose to get out of their box: on a counter, Leroy Sané crosses towards Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who deceives Janis Blaswich closely. Bayern did the hardest part and went back to sleep until the break.

A more exciting half smiles at Leipzig

Despite a small round of observation suggesting such an apathetic second half, the players of Leipzig demonstrate why they are outsiders for the title. The domination is more intense, the pressing higher, the presence more important. And the winged bulls logically find the parade. In the 52nd, the combative André Silva recovers a ball in the rectangle and crosses towards Dominik Szoboszlai whose off-target diving header finds Marcel Halstenberg at 5.5m. 1-1.

Ten minutes later, it’s the turning point of the match. On a supersonic counter, Szoboszlai takes Dayot Upamecano in the absence of a magnificent little bridge and goes to goal. In an uncontrolled gesture, the Bayern defender hooks the Hungarian as the last defender but the referee refuses to exclude him. The rest of the game will be messier, despite more attacking play by both teams. Leipzig and Bayern leave each other back to back, and it is the locals who must be the most disappointed.