Bayern held by resolute Leverkusen

Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München dropped points as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BayArena on Saturday evening.

  • Bayer Leverkusen 0 Bayern Munich 0
  • Kampl denied by Neuer
  • Toprak clears off his line
  • Leno denies Coman
  • Robben hits the side-netting

Match summary

Try as they might, Bayern were unable to break down a resolute Bayer Leverkusen side with a number of players including Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and Arjen Robben all coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Full report

Luis Enrique rested a number of players ahead of Bayern’s Champions League tie this week, and the league leaders struggled to get going in the early stages of this tie.

Both sides showed some good attacking intent but without creating any clear-cut opportunities.

And it was Leverkusen who enjoyed a half chance on nine minutes as Rafinha raced back to nip the ball off the toe of Kevin Volland just as he was about to shoot from the edge of the six-yard area.

Kevin Kampl really should have done better after a quick Leverkusen counter moments later, but he only succeeded in firing into the arms of Manuel Neuer.

Bernd Leno then denied Juan Bernat from opening the scoring on 19 minutes after he was played in by Douglas Costa while Neuer kept out a goalbound Kai Havertz effort before Julian Brandt skied his 30th minute chance from close range after Volland had done exceptionally well to drive into the box.

Bayern upped the ante and created a number of chances as the half wore on; the best from Arturo Vidal who thought his header was in, only for Omer Toprak to clear the ball off the line.

Leno then somehow kept out a Kingsley Coman shot from close range after he was set up by Muller with a square pass across the face of the Leverkusen goal.

And Thiago headed over when he really should have scored for the last real piece of action of a massively entertaining first half.

Bayern enjoyed a good start to the second half as well as, but Joshua Kimmich wasted a good ball into the box meant for Muller, before Muller fired just wide after a good cut-back ball from the byline from Costa.

The visitors continued to threaten, with Vidal and Muller both denied by a combination of the goalkeeper and home defence.

And if Leverkusen weren’t under enough pressure already, there certainly were from the 59th minute as Tin Jedvaj was dismissed for a second yellow card.

David Alaba forced Leno to tip the subsequent free-kick over the bar before Toprak blocked a Muller shot on 66 minutes.

Leverkusen inevitably began to sat back and defend the point ahead of a rare chance in attack as Kampl tried in vain from for out.

Bayern’s frustration at not being able to break down the 10 men of Leverkusen was starting to show, with Philipp Lahm the next person to waste a chance to score as he connected to a Muller cross only to see his effort roll past the post.

And with the game heading into injury time, not even late substitute Arjen Robben could affect the result as he fired into the side-netting after latching onto a good ball over the top from Muller.