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Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Champions need two wins to retain Bundesliga title

Serge Gnabry
Serge Gnabry scored his 19th goal of the season with a delightful lobbed finish

Bayern Munich need two wins from their last four games to win an eighth straight Bundesliga title after hitting back to beat Bayer Leverkusen.

Hansi Flick's side have lost just once in their past 21 games in all competitions but did it the hard way after trailing at Leverkusen.

Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry all netted in the first half following Lucas Alario's opener.

Robert Lewandowski headed in his 30th league goal of the season.

Bayern have lost just two games in 26 since Flick replaced the sacked Niko Kovac in November and come up against Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund maintained their slim hopes of overhauling Bayern and winning the title by edging a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin - ex-Liverpool midfielder Emre Can scoring for the hosts.

It did not start well for Bayern against Leverkusen, who had been in fine form with just one defeat in their previous 14 games but were without injured star man Kai Havertz, as Argentine striker Alario beat the offside trap and kept his cool to finish from Julian Baumgartlinger's through ball.

The setback sparked Bayern into life, France international Coman slotting home the equaliser and Goretzka turned from provider to scorer by drilling in from the edge of the box.

Ex-Arsenal and West Brom man Gnabry converted his 19th goal of the season by latching onto a long ball over the top to lob a smart finish over the advancing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.

Teenager Florian Wirtz, 17, came off the bench to score a lovely consolation goal late on, cutting onto his left foot inside the area and curling a strike past the reach of Manuel Neuer.

Bayern striker Lewandowski picked up a yellow card, meaning he will be suspended for their league game against Borussia Monchengladbach next Saturday.

The Poland international has 44 goals overall this campaign, but will now only have three games to chase down Gerd Muller's record of 40 in a single Bundesliga season.

The game was the first in the UK to be aired by BT Sport with simulated crowd noise during play and goal music when a team scored - an option which will be available to viewers when the Premier League returns on 17 June.

Line-ups

B Leverkusen

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Hrádecky
  • 6DragovicBooked at 74mins
  • 5Bender
  • 12Tapsoba
  • 11AmiriBooked at 30minsSubstituted forDemirbayat 45'minutes
  • 15BaumgartlingerSubstituted forSampaio Filhoat 62'minutes
  • 20Aránguiz
  • 9BaileySubstituted forWendellat 45'minutes
  • 38BellarabiBooked at 35minsSubstituted forWirtzat 45'minutes
  • 13AlarioSubstituted forVollandat 76'minutes
  • 19Diaby

Substitutes

  • 4Tah
  • 7Sampaio Filho
  • 10Demirbay
  • 18Wendell
  • 23Weiser
  • 25Palacios
  • 27Wirtz
  • 28Özcan
  • 31Volland

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 5Pavard
  • 17Boateng
  • 27Alaba
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forHernándezat 85'minutes
  • 32Kimmich
  • 18GoretzkaSubstituted forMartínez Aguinagaat 74'minutes
  • 29ComanBooked at 8minsSubstituted forPerisicat 66'minutes
  • 25MüllerBooked at 40mins
  • 22GnabrySubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 74'minutes
  • 9LewandowskiBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 2Odriozola
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 14Perisic
  • 21Hernández
  • 26Ulreich
  • 28Singh
  • 35Zirkzee
Referee:
Manuel Gräfe

Match Stats

Home TeamB LeverkusenAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2, FC Bayern München 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2, FC Bayern München 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sven Bender.

  4. Post update

    Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Edmond Tapsoba (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wendell.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2, FC Bayern München 4. Florian Wirtz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paulinho.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Hernández.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Lucas Hernández replaces Alphonso Davies.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Florian Wirtz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wendell.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moussa Diaby (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Kevin Volland replaces Lucas Alario.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Thiago replaces Serge Gnabry.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Javi Martínez replaces Leon Goretzka.

  17. Booking

    Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  19. Post update

    Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Alario (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wendell with a cross.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 6th June 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich30224490306070
2B Dortmund30196581354663
3RB Leipzig301611375324359
4B Mgladbach30175857362156
5B Leverkusen30175856401656
6Hoffenheim30127114250-843
7Wolfsburg2911994136542
8Freiburg30118113941-241
9Hertha Berlin30108124351-838
10Schalke29910103446-1237
11Frankfurt30105154955-635
12Köln29104154656-1034
13Augsburg2987144056-1631
14Union Berlin2994163452-1831
15Mainz3094173962-2331
16Düsseldorf30610143360-2728
17Werder Bremen2967163062-3225
18Paderborn3048183362-2920
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