Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring for FC Bayern München in the record titleholders' narrow 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 12.

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The Spain international's goal just past the half-hour mark set Bayern on their way to a much-needed victory in Munich, which ended a run of three games without a win and closed the gap on surprise Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig to three points. The 25-year-old's contribution also won over fans across the globe, who voted him as the Matchday 12 BLMVP!

Watch: Thiago analyses Bayern's win over Leverkusen:

Top Facts - Thiago Alcantara

  • Thiago scored his first ever header in the Bundesliga on Matchday 12.
  • The Spaniard won more challenges (18) than any other player on the pitch on Saturday.
  • Only Douglas Costa registered more attempts for Bayern than the former Barcelona star.

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