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DOMINANT BAYERN GO TOP
It's all over at the BayArena where Bayern have emphatically put Leverkusen in their place. It will be a chastening defeat for Die Werkself but there is plenty of time for them to right their course and sustain a title bid. As for Bayern, that seven minute period in the first half was devastating and this is a real shot across the bows for everyone hoping to dethrone them. A superb win.
Alario thinks he has Leverkusen's second but he's marginally offside before slotting beyond Neuer. Still 5-1 as we enter the final moments.
He really is the best in the business with his feet. Neuer races out and clips the ball over the onrushing attacker as if he's played his entire career as a No.10. What a player.
Amiri takes a bit of a hit in midfield, but he's good to continue. The last thing Leverkusen need now is an injury. Salt and wound would come to mind if they did.
10 TO GO
Leverkusen make another couple of changes as Schick and Wirtz get a rest ahead of their European action on Thursday. Just 10 minutes to go now.
SANE HAS TO SCORE...
...but his wait for a goal goes on. This time Sane heads over from close range when he should have made it 6-1.
A nice moment for Richards as he makes just his second Bundesliga appearance, replacing Süle and moving to the left-side of Bayern's defence as Stanisic goes to right-back.
SÜLE IN ON THE ACTION
Bayern players are lining up on the edge of the box and it's the big man, Süle, who lets fly but it's a tame effort and collected easily by Hradecky. Lewandowski and Müller look on and share a giggle from the bench.
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Both teams make a couple of substitutions, with Adli and Bellarabi on for the home team and Musiala and Coman joining the party for the visitors. Lewandowski is one of the players to make way meaning there will be no hat-trick for the Poland captain today.
As you'd expect with a five-goal half-time lead, Bayern have eased up a bit in the last 10 minutes or so but are now putting the pressure back on with a series of corners. Nothing comes of them, though.
SEVEN FOR THE SEASON
That was Schick's seventh league goal of 2021/22, meaning only Lewandowski and Haaland have scored more.
Is the comeback on? Quite possibly not but Schick has pulled one back for Leverkusen. He's superbly played through on goal by Wirtz and then fires home via the inside of the post. A lovely goal, but surely not much more than a consolation.
NEUER'S FIRST SAVE
It's taken nearly an hour but Neuer has finally been called into action. Diaby breaks into the Bayern box but his effort is well saved by the feet of the Germany goalkeeper.
Not much has changed in the early exchanges after the interval. Leverkusen are still penned in their own half and struggling to get out.
Patrik Schick Leroy Sané
SANE AGAIN ON TARGET
No player on the pitch has had more attempts than Sane but he's yet to find the back of the net, despite his team leading 5-0. You get the feeling he'll be on the scoresheet before this one's done.
Bayern kick-off the second-half. Will we see more goals?
TAPSOBA AND SABITZER ON
A couple of changes at the break, with Tapsoba replacing Paulinho as Leverkusen look to stop the rot at the back and Sabitzer replaces Goretzka in midfield for Bayern.
The xGoals of Bayern at half-time is 2.6 but they've doubled that with five in the first 45 minutes. They've been productive, to say the least.
MORE THAN EXPECTED
The referee puts Leverkusen out of their misery by blowing for half-time but the hosts still have to endure another 45 minutes of this. Bayern have been merciless in front of goal and this has been a statement performance so far.
Müller superbly picks out Sane in the box but the Bayern winger fires over on the volley from 15 yards. Leverkusen are being picked apart at will here.
DAVIES OFF, STANISIC ON
Davies fairly surprisingly makes way for Stanisic with five minutes to go until half-time. You imagine that's a precautionary measure with UEFA Champions League football on the horizon in midweek.
It's 5-0! An incredible passage of play as Bayern score four times in seven minutes to put this beyond the home team. Gnabry now joins Lewandowski on a hat-trick and Leverkusen cannot wait for the half-time whistle to go.
If you're a Leverkusen fan, look away now. Almost immediately from kick-off, Müller fires a superb ball across goal from the left and Gnabry arrives from the opposite flank to direct the ball into the back of the net. This is devastating from Bayern and they're roaring into top-spot at this rate.
It really is a long way back now. It's not Lewandowski this time, but his partner-in-crime, Müller who makes it 3-0. The Germany international flicks home with a backheel of his own and Bayern are coasting.
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO...
With his brace today, Lewandowski immediately fires back at Erling Haaland who moved to nine goals with a double of his own yesterday. The pair are now level and going toe-to-toes for the Torjägerkanone.
Davies skips into the box and the ball lands at the feet of Lewandowski who, inevitably, toe pokes it beyond Hradecky to make it 2-0. It's a long way back from here for Leverkusen.
Better from Leverkusen as Wirtz gets some space and frees Frimpong out wide, who in turn earns a corner. The ball bobbles around the box and Bayern eventually clear.
SHOT SHY HOSTS
Leverkusen are yet to have an effort on goal and are struggling to break Bayern down. The visitors have done a stellar job of stopping Wirtz from orchestrating play, while Diaby and Paulinho have been quiet and Schick is yet to get a sniff of goal.
Jonathan Tah Alphonso Davies
OFF THE POST!
Sane this time gets his shot away from 20 yards out and he rattles the inside of the post with a superb effort. Leverkusen happily see the ball rebound to safety but the Germany international fires yet another warning shot.
BAYERN TURNING THE SCREW
The visitors are starting to up the ante here and Sane is again so close to letting fly, this time from inside the box, but is denied by a fine last minute tackle.
Sane has been a revolution in recent weeks and he so nearly works his way into a shooting opportunity but eventually gets crowded out. A lot of space out there for both sides to exploit and this is being played at some pace. Great fun for the neutral.
THE PERFECT PLAN
Nagelsmann will be delighted with how his team have started. They've been full of energy and their pressure on the Leverkusen defence told with that early goal. Game plan out the window for the hosts and very much perfectly executed for the visitors.
MUCH NEEDED CALM
After that fairly manic start to this game, Leverkusen are warming up and managing to wrestle a bit of control. Bayern are comfortable in keeping them at arm's length, however. Especially with that one-goal cushion.
It has been a nervy start from the home side who have given the ball away a couple of times and just can't get a spell on the ball. They really haven't settled yet.
The champions have wasted no time at all in taking the lead and it's, of course, that man Lewandowski with the smartest of backheeled finishes to make it 1-0. That ends his two-game run without a goal in some style.
BAYERN WIN THE FIRST CORNER
An error from Tah hands Bayern the first corner of the match and a chance for Kimmich to put a quality ball into the box but it's well dealt with by the hosts.
WHO WILL END THE DAY TOP?
Here we go then. Who's ready to make their move and take the lead in top-spot?
10 MINUTES TO KICK-OFF!
This is your 10 minute warning!
BAYERN'S YOUNG STARS
It's safe to say that Bayern have plenty of young talent at their disposal, too. Alphonso Davies doesn't look like giving that left-back spot up any time soon, while Omar Richards waits for his chance in reserve and Musiala has already shown he's more than capable of holding down a regular place in this team. The future's bright in both ranks.
WIRTZ ON FIRE
Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz has been in sensational form so far this season, and has scored, assisted or both in all eight of his competitive club appearances in 2021/22. Some return for a player who is still just 18.
PAULINHO IN, MUSIALA ON BENCH
The home side have plumped for Brazilian winger Paulinho on the left of their attack today, with Amine Adli dropping to the bench. Bayern, meanwhile, pursue with Niklas Süle at right-back with Benjamin Pavard suspended and Jamal Musiala must be content with a place on the bench.
Früchtl, Richards, Coman, Choupo-Moting, Sabitzer, Sarr, Tolisso, Musiala, Stanisic
Lunev, Retsos, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Hincapie, Sertdemir, Adil, Alario, Bellarabi
Neuer (c) - Süle, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Gnabry, Müller, Sane - Lewandowski
Hradecky (c) - Frimpong, Kossounou, Tah, Bakker - Demirbay, Amiri - Diaby, Wirtz, Paulinho - Schick
With just over half an hour to go until kick-off, let's take a look at the two teams, starting with the hosts...
WELCOME TO THE BATTLE FOR TOP SPOT
Hello and a very warm welcome to you wherever you are joining us today. We have a cracker in store as third-place Bayer Leverkusen host second-place Bayern Munich. Whoever wins this will go top, above Borussia Dortmund, so there's everything to gain.
Here you can find all the information about Leverkusen against Bayern on Matchday 8.