Bayern Munich made a big statement against title hopefuls RB Leipzig, coming out of the game 3-0 winners and at the top of the Bundesliga.
The German champions had won the game within the first half an hour, after Thiago’s tap in and Xabi Alonso’s neat finish put them 2-0 up within the first 30 minutes.
It got worse for Leipzig as attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg was sent off for a tactical foul on Philipp Lahm as Bayern looked to hit Leipzig on the break.
Robert Lewandowski sealed the game in the 45th minute with a cool penalty after Douglas Costa was taken down in the box by Leipzig keeper Péter Gulácsi.
Bayern were dominant throughout and dominated the ball, finishing the game with 74% possession and 24 shots compared to Leipzig’s five. The Reds arguably should have converted more of these shots, with Lewandowski squandering a couple of clear chances and Thiago missing from three yards out late on in the game.
Thiago, however, had a stellar performance. Scoring the first goal after Lewandowski hit the woodwork and getting the assist for Alonso’s second. The Spanish midfielder has been Bayern’s best player this season, and his comfort on the ball and decisive passing started many attacks.
Another standout player was Brazilian winger Costa, who was a constant threat out wide, with his quick dribbling troubling Leipzig’s defence throughout.
Leipzig will be disappointed, after coming into the game equal on points with the German champions. However, after Forsberg received his marching orders, it was evident that Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side were out of the game.
It will be important how Leipzig bounce back after the winter break, with this defeat only the second of their campaign.
However, they seem to have a great team spirit within their side, which suggests they will bounce back and carry on near the top of the Bundesliga.
On the contrary, Bayern have once again stamped their authority as Germany’s biggest club and will look to push on and win the league title after the winter break.
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