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Thomas Muller saved a thrilling 3-3 draw against RB Leipzig while Bayern Munich held onto their place at the top of the Bundesliga.
Bayern came back to lead after an error by Manuel Neuer gave Christopher Nkunku the first goal, with substitutes Jamal Musiala and Muller scoring within four minutes of the first half.
Justin Kluivert was quick to respond with his first Bundesliga goal to send teams back to half-time level, before Emil Forsberg’s header looked poised to send Leipzig to the top.
However, Leipzig backed down and Muller connected with a Kingsley Coman cross with 15 minutes to go, with one point enough to ensure Bayern remained in the lead.
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After Marcel Sabitzer hit the crossbar, Nkunku put Leipzig ahead when Neuer rushed out of his box but failed to beat the Frenchman on Forsberg’s pass and left him with an empty net to pass.
Javi Martínez was forced to retire with a muscle injury, but his replacement, Musiala, scored the equalizer five minutes after coming off the bench, giving Peter Gulacsi no chance after the Leipzig goalkeeper made a phenomenal save for avoid Benjamin Pavard’s sublime half volley off the field. Right upper corner.
A second of rapid fire saw Bayern take the lead in the 34th minute when Muller sent a Coman pass past Gulacsi on his first post.
However, they were only in front for 81 seconds, with Kluivert choosing the bottom left corner after being played by Jerome Boateng.
Leipzig regained the lead within three minutes of the restart, Forsberg leaving plenty of room to head an Angelino cross that passed Neuer.
Julian Nagelsmann’s team looked to absorb the pressure and see the victory, but it was undone when Coman again picked Muller for a header Gulacsi couldn’t avoid.
What does that mean? Leipzig loses chance
Given Bayern’s recent dominance in the Bundesliga, the fact that Nagelsmann has only lost three of his nine top flight matches to the Bavarian giants underscores why he is considered one of the best coaches in Europe.
Since taking over Leipzig before last season, he has not been beaten in any of his three league encounters with the reigning champions, but on Saturday he had the best chance of claiming his first win.
With Borussia Dortmund also tied, Leipzig could have stolen a march on their title rivals, but will now drop to third place if Bayer Leverkusen beat Schalke on Sunday.
He is only 17 years old, but Musiala already has three goals in the Bundesliga and his presentation was key for Bayern to get something out of the game. He canceled the first match and participated in the preparation of the other two goals scored by the Hansi Flick team.
The lackluster Lewandowski
Flick gave Lewandowski a break for his Champions League match against Atlético de Madrid in the middle of the week, but the forward had trouble getting involved against Leipzig. He only had one shot on goal and only two of his 30 touches came in the opposition area: in Bundesliga matches of at least 45 minutes for Bayern, only against Leverkusen in September 2018 has he had fewer touches in the area of opponents penalty.
Opta key facts
– Bayern conceded a goal to Leipzig at the Allianz Arena for the first time, Nkunku ending the visitors’ wait after 379 minutes.
– No team has avoided defeat to Bayern in as many games as Leipzig since the start of the 2017-18 season (five times in seven games).
– Musiala scored his third goal in the Bundesliga, all of them this season and all from the bench. No other player scored more goals in the Bundesliga this season as a substitute (tied with Krzysztof Piatek of Hertha Berlin).
– Only Timo Werner (17 years 8 m 4 days) was younger when he scored his third goal in the Bundesliga than Musiala (17 years 9 m 9 days).
– Coman assisted in three goals in a Bundesliga match for the second time in his career (also a 5-0 win against Werder Bremen in March 2016).
Bayern are guaranteed to top their Champions League group and host Lokomotiv Moscow in their final match before knockouts on Wednesday, while Leipzig needs to beat Manchester United at home to guarantee their progress 24 hours early.