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Bayern Munich returned to national action after their Club World Cup triumph on Monday night with a lively and surprising 3-3 draw with Bundesliga fighter Arminia Bielefeld.
The Bavarians’ hangover from the world triumph was evident from the start, when a forward pass from Manuel Prietl found Michel Vlap unmarked to turn and put the ball in in ten minutes.
Bayern were unable to use their possession and put the Bielefeld goalkeeper to the test and, in the 37th minute, had to pay for his banal performance. A corner kick from Vlap reached Amos Pieper, who calmly converted a free header to score his first Bundesliga goal and lead the visitors to a 2-0 lead at the break.
The hosts woke up shortly after the break and bounced back with a brilliant shot from Robert Lewandowski in the 49th minute, which clinically flew home after a delicious ball from David Alaba over the top. However, Bielefeld regained the mattress of two goals just 55 seconds later, when Andreas Voglsammer faced Christian Gebauer to take advantage of an empty net.
However, Bayern rallied once again and took their second seven minutes later when a cross from Leroy Sané found Corentin Tolisso, who managed to overtake Stefan Ortega after making a late run into the box. The hosts continued to threaten and finally found a draw with 20 minutes to go, when Alphonso Davies held on to a half punt and unleashed a fierce half volley in the bottom corner. Despite working hard to find a fourth, neither team was able to steal all three points and the spoils were shared.
Now, let’s go to the Bayern Munich player ratings …
Manuel Neuer (GK) – 5/10 – There was little he could do about goals, as a shoddy defense made his job almost impossible.
Bouna Sarr (RB) – 4/10 – Partly responsible for the opener, he saw no danger from Vlap on the edge of the box and was beaten too easily in preparation for Bielefeld’s third, a bad day at the office.
Niklas Sule (CB) – 6/10 – The other guilty man from the first match was Sule, completely losing Vlap in preparation. Other than that, the German did quite well, especially in the air, winning three air battles.
Lucas Hernández (CB) – 6/10 – Read the game well at all times, recovering four balls, but could have done better in the corner for the second visitor.
Alphonso Davies (LB) – 8/10 – He used his impressive pace to make a couple of brilliant comebacks when the visitors were at halftime, but they should have backtracked to deny the visitors their third. It is forgivable, however, as it finished brilliantly to get the tie.
Corentin Tolisso (CM) – 7/10 – He didn’t cause much of a stir creatively, only making two key passes, but he managed a crucial goal with a beautiful late run and a header to score Bayern’s second.
David Alaba (CM) – 8/10 – Very solid defensively, always attacking for fumbles, making several interceptions. He also found good passing range, making four key passes and, in particular, getting a lovely strike assist from Lewandowski.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (AM) – 2/10 – Had a good chance after half an hour but couldn’t convert. After that, it was barely noticed and seemed completely useless compared to Thomas Muller’s usual dynamism this season.
Leroy Sané (RW) – 6/10 – Dangerous with the ball at his feet as he dribbled over his rival, and managed to find a final product on a couple of occasions, grabbing the assist for Bayern’s second.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 6/10 – Quite anonymous throughout, but he scored a wonderful goal in the second half to bring his tally to 25 in this season’s Bundesliga.
Kingsley Coman (LW) – 7/10 – The Frenchman was Bayern’s most menacing player, really propelling the team forward when others looked mediocre. The bad luck of not registering an assist with some precious balls in the area.
Joshua Kimmich (RB) – 6/10 – Interestingly, he never got into midfield after coming in and as a result he just couldn’t affect the game as he usually does, making zero key passes.