Ulreich saves a point for FC Bayern in Leipzig
The top game of the sixth Bundesliga matchday was the duel between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern. For a long time it looks like a Leipzig victory. Then Bayern push and almost lose in the end.
vmade statement after the Max Eberl quake: One day after the sports director was surprisingly fired, RB Leipzig showed a strong performance in the Bundesliga hit against FC Bayern Munich, but ultimately lost 2-2 (2-0). have to be content. In front of national coach Julian Nagelsmann, Lois Openda (20th) and Castello Lukeba (26th) gave RB a two-goal lead before the break. Harry Kane (57th) shortened the score with a hand penalty in front of 47,069 fans and Leroy Sané (70th) ensured that Bayern remained unbeaten with his goal.
The dominant theme of the summit was the ad hoc dismissal of Eberl from the field the day before. Leipzig’s supervisory board chairman Oliver Mintzlaff once again emphasized the inevitability of the decision. “It couldn’t be saved,” said the 48-year-old on Sky. That’s why we acted so consistently. Eberl has been considered FC Bayern’s sports director for months. Because the 50-year-old missed the chance to make a clear commitment to RB for the umpteenth time during the week, Mintzlaff took action.
On the pitch, Bayern initially showed that they wanted to make up for the 3-0 defeat in the Supercup against Leipzig at the end of August. After just three minutes, Jamal Musiala appeared alone in front of the Leipzig goal after a remarkable pass from Harry Kane. But keeper Janis Blaswich parried with a brilliant reflex.
Ulreich’s mistake before the 0:2
Leipzig seemed impressed and left the ball to the record champions. Then it was Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich who brought the hosts back into the game. The 35-year-old rushed out of the gate for a rescue operation, but cleared it right at Forsberg’s feet. The Swede narrowly missed the goal from a good 40 meters, but suddenly it was a different game – one that was rewarded with Leipzig taking the lead. Openda shook off Min-jae Kim after a pass from Xaver Schlager in a sprint and overcame Ulreich.
The goalkeeper then had a significant share in Leipzig’s second goal. Ulreich failed to reach a corner from David Raum, Openda headed back and Lukeba, who was signed in the summer, scored for the first time for Leipzig. The day could have been even worse for Ulreich. Shortly before the break he knocked Openda off his feet in the penalty area, but the action had no consequences due to an earlier offside position.
President Herbert Hainer looked anything but enthusiastic on the tribune during the break. His Bayern team didn’t know what to do with 65 percent possession of the ball and seemed immobile and uninspired. Apart from a few shots from Kingsley Coman and Sané that landed well next to the goal, there wasn’t much to see offensively. Coach Thomas Tuchel reacted and needed Mathys Tel and Raphael Guerreiro for Coman and Leon Goretzka after the break.
Sesko still has two big chances
A completely avoidable penalty gave Bayern hope again. When Joshua Kimmich took a free kick (55th), Benjamin Henrichs, who was standing in the wall, stuck out his elbow and blocked the ball. Referee Marco Fritz did not initially see the scene, but after studying the video he awarded a penalty. Kane safely scored his eighth goal of the season.
Bayern noticeably increased the pressure and pushed almost the entire Leipzig team back into their own penalty area. The hosts were only interested in quick transitions and repeatedly sent the lively Openda with long balls.
But Bayern completed a quick counterattack via Musiala like a textbook one with Sané’s equalizer. And they continued to push, but Leipzig also came dangerously close to the visitors’ goal again when Benjamin Sesko missed a cross by centimeters in stoppage time and was later denied by the rushing Ulreich, who saved his team a point in this scene in the best Manuel Neuer style