Much has been made about the Bundesliga’s surprise story of 2016, RB Leipzig. The Bundesliga debutantes have shocked a lot of the footballing world staying close to the summit of the German top-flight. They have won four promotions in seven years, since being formed in 2009.
Starting off the campaign unbeaten in their opening 13 matches, Leipzig were one of the hottest teams in the Bundesliga. Coming into Wednesday’s clash with German Giants, Bayern Munich, Leipzig knew a win would put them top of the table going into the winter break.
The Allianz Arena played host to the first meeting between the two sides ever. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side were the favorites at home, but Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s side knew they could provide the upset. Leipzig came into Wednesday’s match after a 2-0 home win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday,while Bayern held off Darmstadt 1-0 on Sunday.
17 minutes in, Bayern took the 1-0 lead after midfielder Thiago rebounded home Robert Lewandowski‘s previous effort that went off the right post. A minute later, the dominance continued as Douglas Costa struck the left post.
Seven minutes later, Bayern made it 2-0 as Xabi Alonso slotted home with a right-footed effort. It was the Spaniards’ third goal of the season, as Thiago claimed the assist.
Things got worse for Leipzig in the 30th minute as midfielder Emil Forsberg was sent off earning a straight red-card. The foul by the Swede was a nasty one on Bayern defender Philipp Lahm. As the first half ended, Lewandowski made it 3-0 from the penalty spot for his 12th league-goal of the campaign. Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulasci brought down Costa inside the box which allowed referee Felix Zwayer to call for the PK.
The second half saw no change in the score, as Bayern killed the game off against the ten-men side. Bayern out-possessed Leipzig 76%-24%, while having 11 shots-on-goal. Gulasci made eight saves, while his teammates only created two shots-on-goal. Manuel Neuer kept the clean sheet, which put the hosts three-points clear of their opponents going into the winter break.
The defeat for Leipzig was their second of the season, but it was an off-day in general for the debutantes. They will need to continue their strong campaign when the Bundesliga resumes on January 20th. Leipzig host Eintracht Frankfurt on the 21st, while Bayern travel to Freiburg a day before.
Leipzig will have their chance at revenge on MatchDay #33 in May when they host Bayern.
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