Dominant Bayern see off 10-men Leipzig


FC Bayern München beat RB Leipzig for the second time in quick succession with their 2-0 Bundesliga victory at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Bayern München 2 RB Leipzig 0
Orban RED 13′
Rodríguez 19′
Lewandowski 38′

Match summary

The German champions needed penalties to see off Leipzig in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday, but a dominant display against ten-men and some well-taken goals from open play sealed this tie.

Willi Orban saw red for the away side after just 13 minutes, leading to James Rodríguez’s goal six minutes later. Robert Lewandowski soon added second with 38 minutes played.

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Full report

Bayern kicked off the tie in their customary dominant fashion with David Alaba winning a corner from a deflected strike on target before Javi Martinez headed over Joshua Kimmich’s set-piece delivery.

Yussuf Poulsen wanted an eighth minute penalty but had to settle for a corner that was header over the Bayern goal by Timo Werner before Martinez was similarly wasteful from another early set-piece.

The complexion of the game was soon altered though as Orban was handed a straight red for bringing down Arjen Robben, who was clean through on goal. As the last man, Orban had to go, with the VAR confirming the decision, and a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Leipzig incidentally lost Naby Keïta for two yellows in the previous game.

Peter Gulácsi expertly tipped Robben’s subsequent set-piece over his goal, before the keeper did well to hold on after a scramble following the corner.

James put Bayern ahead though, with 19 minutes on the clock, with a first-time finish into the bottom corner, as he connected superbly to a Robben cross from the right following a quick one-two with Sebastian Rudy.

Poulsen shot over the target before James saw a deflected effort land on the roof of the net as Bayern ran rampant.

Gulácsi did well to deny Lewandowski from heading in on 26 minutes, but the Polish striker was on target on 38 minutes as he slotted home a perfectly-weighted Martinez through-ball.

Matts Hummels header over a 43rd minute corner as Bayern ended the half in total control – the only concern being the withdrawal of Lewandowski for Arturo Vidal at break after he pulled up when scoring.

Bruma, meanwhile, replaced Marcel Sabitzer as Leipzig looked for a way back into this game – having midway through the first half sacrificed Werner for Ibrahima Konate – following the red card.

Sven Ulrich saw a curling Bruma effort into his gloves on 47 minutes before normal service was essentially resumed, with Alaba hitting the side-netting, and Robben stinging the gloves of Gulácsi, ahead of a near own-goal on 66 minutes.

A Kimmich cross from the right was almost bundled in by the Leipzig defence, while James forced Gulácsi into another good save when the ball broke to him.

Bayern continued to look dangerous with Kimmich, Vidal and Robben combining well, as Martinez fired wide on the 80 minute mark.

Leipzig were forced to see out the game with nine men, having used all their substitute when Keita was forced off with injury.

But with their two-goal advantage, Bayern were content to see out the game without really threatening – leaving their opponents to rue a missed opportunity to have gone top of the standings, after Borussia Dortmund lost 4-2 to Hannover 96.

The result sees Bayern move one place to first on 23 points, with Dortmund in second on 20 and Leipzig still in third on 19 points, one clear of Hannover, after 10 games.