Preview - Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen 19 Aug

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Aug 18, 2017, 07:16 PM Last Edit: Aug 19, 2017, 03:31 PM by Bensergi
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich will launch their quest for a sixth straight Bundesliga title without a host of key players like Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez. Loan signing James Rodriguez also misses out through injury. It will be the fifth time both sides will meet on an opening weekend. Bayern won 3 of the previous four editions, with the other ending in a draw. For that record to stay, much will depend on Robert Lewandowski coming through. Curiously, the Polish striker has a poor strike rate against Leverkusen with just two goals in 12 meetings. Both of those goals came during his time at Borussia Dortmund. Bayern are also looking to protect a proud record for reigning Bundesliga champions. In the past 15 season openers, the champions have never lost (W12, D3)!


Match Stats:

  • Bayern Munich 3-1 Leverkusen
  • Shots: 11-16
  • Possession: 50%-50%
  • Corner kicks: 4-5
  • Factline: Debut goals for Corentin Tolisso and Niklas Sule

Bayern Munich's newcomers opened the Bundesliga in style as the defending champions beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in heavy rain on Friday night.

Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso scored their first goals for Bayern since joining the club this summer, before Robert Lewandowski added a third from a penalty that was only given after a video review.

After Tolisso saw a hard shot saved at the near post in the opening stages, Sule opened the scoring in the ninth minute as he rose highest to head home Sebastian Rudy's cross from a set piece.

Leverkusen nearly equalised three minutes later but Sven Ulreich, still deputising for the injured Manuel Neuer, stuck out a boot to deny Admir Mehmedi.

But the hosts quickly regained control and doubled their lead on 18 minutes following a corner.

Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno could only punch the ball out as far as Arturo Vidal, who immediately lofted the ball back into the six-yard box for Tolisso to head in.

The former Lyon man nearly added a second goal five minutes later only for the ball to come back off the post.

By that time the rain was coming down in sheets, and half-time was extended by 15 minutes to wait out the inclement weather.

A video assistant referee (VAR) system was available for the first time in Bundesliga history, and it worked perfectly to award Bayern a penalty early in the second half.

Lewandowski was clearly pulled down by Charles Aranguiz as he chased a cross into the box, and the referee on the pitch awarded a spot-kick after consulting with the off-site VAR.

The striker converted it himself to put Bayern 3-0 up in the 53rd minute.

Leverkusen squandered a gilt-edged chance soon afterward as Ulreich saved Julian Brandt's shot and Dominik Kohr's follow-up was cleared off the line by Joshua Kimmich.

But the visitors were able to convert on their next opportunity in the 65th minute as Mehmedi launched a first-time rocket into the top corner inside the near post.

Kohr flicked a header just wide after a set piece that could have reduced the deficit to one, but Bayern held on to begin the season with three points.

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