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Highlights

0:21
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Watch: Alonso: “A great victory”

0:12
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Watch: Kane: "A really disappointing day"

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Full-time: Leverkusen 3-0 Bayern

Xabi Alonso embraces his players after an incredible evening for the hosts, who stormed past their rivals here and now sit five points ahead of Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga standings. Goals from the Bayern owned Josip Stanišić as well as Alex Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong send the home fans partying into the night to celebrate carnival season.
Full-time
90'
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Party time at the BayArena

Leverkusen erupt in joy. Scenes at the BayArena as Jeremie Frimpong sprints and dances around the pitch. Neuer comes up for a Bayern corner and suddenly Leverkusen are away on the counter-attack. Frimpong takes the ball wide before scooping into the empty net.
90'
+ 5
Jeremie Frimpong
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
17 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
103.17 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
36.7 m
90'
+ 4

Unwanted record

Bayern are heading towards an unwanted club record: the visitors have had just one shot on target in this game, which, if it stays like this, would be their worst return in a single match for eight years.
90'
+ 1

Time added on

We're into the first of five minutes of time added on.
90'
+ 1

Leverkusen changes

Wirtz and Grimaldo head off to thunderous applause. Gustavo Puerta and Adam Hložek are on for the home side.
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
2.
Sacha Boey
Sacha Boey33.12km/h
3.
Amine Adli
Amine Adli33.03km/h
89'

B04 hit the post

Leverkusen break and suddenly it's two on two. Stanišić taps to Frimpong, whose shot takes a deflection off Kimmich that takes the ball on a path towards the upright.
87'

Few and far between

It's unusual to see Bayern with just one shot on target in a game but that's a credit to Leverkusen's hard work in frustrating their opponents at the BayArena.
Goal attempts
5off target
7on target
7off target
1on target
85'

Kimmich tries one

Kimmich cuts inside and sends a snapshot at goal which Hrádecký fists away with Thomas Müller lurking. There was an offside in the build up to that Bayern move.
83'

Hrádecký booked

Hrádecký sees yellow for a spot of time wasting.
82'

Adli applause

Amine Adli is hugged by Xabi Alonso as he steps off the pitch to be replaced by Jonas Hofmann.
81'

Double swap

Tuchel has words with Guerreiro and Choupo-Moting on the sidelines before sending the duo on in an attempt to rescue something here for Bayern.
79'

Leverkusen expects

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The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
Bayern are doing their best to get back into this game, but the visitors' attacks are being kept at arm's length by a resolute Leverkusen defence. On a rare entry into the home area, Müller slides in but fails to make contact with Musiala's centre. As it stands, the stats tell us that the home side are more likely to score the game's next goal.
xGoals
2
1.48
0.16
0
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77'

Adli sees yellow

Adli lifts Kim into the air after losing possession and is duly booked.
72'

Frimpong has a go

Xhaka knocks the ball to the right where Frimpong is waiting on the edge of the box. The flying full back gets a little over excited and lashes well wide of the target.
71'

Tel on for Bayern

Having to really go for this now, Bayern introduce Tel for Goretzka.
0:41
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Grimaldo and number 8

Watch as Alex Grimaldo nets his eighth Bundesliga goal of the season.
66'

Standing firm

For a brief moment, it looks like Bayern are in with a goal chance but Tapsoba steps in to take the ball away from Sané and concede a corner. Tapsoba gets several congratulatory slaps on the head from his teammates.
65'

Here comes Frimpong

Just when you think things couldn't get any worse for Bayern, Leverkusen's speed demon Jeremie Frimpong is on for Nathan Tella.
64'

Tapsoba warned

Tapsoba is booked for hauling Musiala down.
63'

Bayer hit the woodwork

That man Grimaldo fires in a corner from the left which knuckle-balls its way onto the upright. Grimaldo may have meant that.
62'

Goretzka booked

Goretzka shoves Adli to the floor and that's going to be a yellow card for the Bayern midfielder.
61'

Bayern changes

Kimmich and Müller are on for the visitors and it looks like coach Tuchel is going to switch to a back four having started this game with three in the centre.
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59'

Tella has a pop

Stanišić spreads the play for Tella, who looks to beat Kim before cracking a shot low into the arms of Neuer.
56'

Shot clock ticking over

Goal attempts
3off target
6on target
2off target
1on target
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Carnival at the BayArena

It's carnival season in this part of Germany and how the home fans - many in fancy dress for the occasion - are lapping up this showing from the home side.
53'

Away-day blues

Bayern are at sixes and sevens at the moment as Bayer keep on the attack. Goretzka's clearance hits Dier and Neuer is grateful to be able to mop up.
51'

Grimaldo the Great

He scored in the corresponding fixture with a peach of a free kick and now Grimaldo has clocked up his eighth goal of the season and, incredibly, his 17th goal involvement.
50'

B04 double up

Leverkusen are in heaven here as the hosts pull away from Bayern Munich. Thomas Tuchel's men just can't settle on the ball as the hosts snap back possession and roam upfield into acres of space. Grimaldo plays a one-two with Tella before barging into the box and blasting high past Neuer.
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
24 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
101.41 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
12.76 m
46'

Leading the way

A quick look at the live Bundesliga table sees tonight's hosts now with a five-point lead at the top of the standings. Bayern have 45 minutes to address that situation.
46'

Peeep

Leverkusen get the second half underway.
Kick-off!
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45'
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Half-time: Leverkusen 1-0 Bayern

The referee brings a fascinating first half to a close. Bayern began well in terms of ball possession but from the moment Josip Stanišić stunned his parent club with the game's opener, Bundesliga leaders Leverkusen have been in control of this contest. Thomas Tuchel will no doubt have some stern words for the visitors at half-time while Xabi Alonso will be delighted in the opposing dressing room.
Half-time
45'

Covering ground

Distance run (km)
6.6
6.3
Florian Wirtz Aleksandar Pavlovic
44'

Sané up and over

A rare Bayern foray forward leads to Sané latching onto a ball over the top. The visiting No.10 - under pressure from Stanišić - lifts his finish over the crossbar.
42'

Upamecano recovers

Xhaka prods a through pass in for Adli, who suddenly has the run on Upamecano and is bearing down on goal. The Bayern defender makes a super recovery and toe-pokes a pass back to Neuer. Super defending.
40'

Hincapié off target

Hincapié batters a shot from distance that flies a good distance over the crossbar.
38'

Bayern worry

The visitors just can't get a foothold into this game as Leverkusen continue to dominate following the goal. The Werkself and their passionate home fans are working in unison to frustrate the record champions.
36'

Boey booked

Sacha Boey trods on Andrich's foot and the referee whips out the yellow card for the new Bayern defender.
35'

Xhaka problem

Xabi Alonso looks on a worried man as his captain, Granit Xhaka, leaves the field needing treatment. Fortunately for the hosts, the Swiss international jogs back on soon afterwards.
0:52
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Stanišić opener

Leverkusen continue to lead through Stanišić's opening goal at the BayArena.
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
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Sacha Boey
Sacha Boey33.12km/h
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Amine Adli
Amine Adli33.03km/h
29'

Andrich's solid week

Robert Andrich netted in the DFB Cup quarter-final win against Stuttgart during the week while today he has provided his first assist in the Bundesliga this season.
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25'

Leverkusen omen?

The home side have gone on to win all 16 Bundesliga games they have taken the lead in so far this season.
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1off target
4on target
1off target
1on target
23'

Neuer to the rescue

From the resulting corner, Jonathan Tah's towering header is flicked over the bar by the busy Manuel Neuer.
22'

Bayer on fire

Suddenly, the hosts have jumped up a couple of gears and are swarming their opponents. Tella clatters a low shot at the target which Neuer saves. Wirtz is there on the follow up but his effort is blocked by Dier.
19'

Stanišić first

In his 20th game for Leverkusen, Stanišić has scored his first goal for his loan club! What a game to get it.
18'

Leverkusen lead

Adli wins a corner on the left. Bayern are looking to set themselves up for the set piece but Leverkusen have taken it quickly. Andrich spanks the ball across the face of goal - through Upamecano's legs. Josip Stanišić, of all people, is at the back post and strokes into the empty net against his parent club!
18'
Josip Stanišić
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
83 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
10.63 m
15'

The running men

Fastest runner (km/h)
32.18
33.12
Alejandro Grimaldo Sacha Boey
14'

B04 coming more into it

Tella finds some space on the right and looks to ping a centre into the Bayern box. The ball takes a nick off a Bayern player and ends up with Neuer.
13'

Defending champions on the ball

Goretzka swipes at a chance from the edge of the box and the ball zips over the top. Bayern are bossing the possession stats thus far.
Possession (%)
3169
10'

Werkself chance

Bayer suddenly spring an opportunity and Tella nods the ball for Adli, who is well placed at the edge of the area. The attacker pokes a shot along the floor, which Neuer gobbles up with relative ease.
8'

Dier stands firm

Goretzka passes the ball back for Dier and Wirtz looks to nip in using his pace. Solid defending from the Bayern defender, who mops up the danger. This is a tense encounter so far.
4'

Visitors probing

Bayern are taking advantage of B04's apparent counter-attacking set-up by looking for openings in the Leverkusen half. The away side are stroking it around while the home fans noisily bang the drums.
2'

Sané being watched

Kane from a deep position on the left, tries to release Sané with a long pass. Sané is quickly swamped.
1'

Bayer hungry

Kim Min-jae, under very early pressure, spins and quickly plays the ball back to Neuer. Leverkusen are snapping at Bayern's heels from the off.
1'

Peeeep!

We're underway at the BayArena! Hold on to your hats ...
Kick-off!

Slight delay

We have a small delay to proceedings here as Bayern get set to kick off ...

Coaches embrace

After both sides take to the pitch, Xabi Alonso and Thomas Tuchel meet and embrace at the entrance to the tunnel. The pair exchange niceties but from this point on, it's game faces on for both tacticians.

Teams in tunnel

Focus and determination: both sides line up inside the tunnel and the faces tell a story of a game with huge importance.

Scarves up!

It's Leverkusen team anthem time and the home fans packed inside the BayArena raise their scarves and belt out an uplifting number.

Changing faces

Bayern are fielding just five players who featured in the corresponding fixture this season - that spellbinding 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena. Leverkusen, meanwhile, have seven players in their starting XI who took to the field in Munich.

Warm-ups complete

Both teams are heading back to the dressing rooms as they get set for one last team talk ahead of this blockbuster at the BayArena. Not long to go now!
0:12
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Watch: The calm before the storm

Leverkusen team news

The hosts defeated Stuttgart in dramatic fashion in the DFB Cup in midweek and Xabi Alonso is showing four changes to the team that began that quarter-final encounter. Jeremie Frimpong, Jonas Hofmann and Patrik Schick all drop to the bench while in come Josip Stanišić (on loan from Bayern), Nathan Tella and Amine Adli. Elsewhere, Lukáš Hrádecký retakes his place in goal from Matěj Kovář.
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Bayern team news

The defending champions are showing three changes to the side that started against Gladbach last weekend. Minjae Kim is back from the Asian Cup and plays for the visitors for the first time in 2024. Sacha Boey starts for the first time following his move from Galatasaray while Dayot Upamecano returns from injury. Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller and Matthijs de Ligt are on the bench.
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Leverkusen starting XI

Hrádecký (c) - Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapié - Stanišić, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo - Tella, Wirtz - Adli

Leverkusen subs

Kovář, Fosu-Mensah, Frimpong, Hofmann, Mbamba, Puerta, Iglesias, Schick, Hložek

Bayern starting XI

Neuer (c) - Boey, Upamecano, Kim, Mazraoui - Dier, Pavlović - Sané, Goretzka, Musiala - Kane

Bayern subs

Ulreich, De Ligt, Guerreiro, Aznou, Kimmich, Zvonraek, Choupo-Moting, Müller, Tel
1:00
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Watch: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich - FC24 predicts

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Assist kings

Álex Grimaldo scored one of his seven goals in the reverse fixture. He also has nine assists, putting him second to only Leroy Sané (11) for league-wide provisions.
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Alonso's view on Bayern

"It doesn't matter who's missing for them. We're expecting our strongest opponent yet - as a team and on an individual level. We need an almost perfect performance if we're to hold our own again such a strong team. They have winning in their DNA. We know how big a challenge it is and what a big game it is - but it's not a season decider."
5:50
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Watch: Can Alonso's Leverkusen become the Invincibles?

Still unbeaten 30 matches into 2023/24, can Leverkusen achieve the impossible and become football's new Invincibles?
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Which way will Leverkusen vs. Bayern go this time?

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Tuchel's view on Leverkusen

"Thirty teams have tried and 30 teams have failed. There's been a few last-minute wins for them lately. Their run is extraordinary. That's thanks to their quality. We're only two points behind. There's no reason to hide. It's the moment to lay your cards on the table. We'll be ready to challenge Leverkusen. We're going to Leverkusen to win."
2:53
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Watch: Leverkusen vs. Bayern - did you know?

It's a meeting of the Bundesliga's top two, but what else do you know about The Big One?
0:30
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Watch: Get set for The Big One!

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Xabi's way

Only Pep Guardiola's Bayern teams of 2013/14 and 2015/16 had more points at this stage in a Bundesliga season than Xabi Alonso's current crop (52). The Leverkusen boss was part of the latter class.

Top of the charts

For the first time in Bundesliga history, two teams have at least 50 points after 20 matchdays. Leverkusen (52) had 27 at the same stage last season, Bayern (50) had 43.
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Probable line-ups

Who's set to play this weekend? Who's going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!
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Bayern's personnel concerns

Bayern hope to have Joshua Kimmich back from a two-game absence with a shoulder problem, but Alphonso Davies is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury against Gladbach. The Canadian left-back joins Kingsley Coman, Konrad Laimer and Dayot Upamecano in the treatment room. Minjae Kim is also unavailable due to his involvement at the Asian Cup with South Korea.
0:28
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Watch: Xabi Alonso looks ahead to Bayern showdown

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Busy week for Leverkusen

Xabi Alonso rang the changes for his side's 2-0 win in Darmstadt. Granit Xhaka started and avoided the yellow card which would have ruled him out against Bayern, while Jeremie Frimpong, Jonas Hofman and Patrik Schick were rested. Match-winner Nathan Tella and Real Betis loanee Borja Iglesias were among the players cycled in, with a view to maintaining peak fitness for Bayer's DFB Cup quarter-final against Stuttgart on Tuesday and the Bayern game four days later. However, Exequiel Palacios has missed Die Werkself's last two league games with a muscular complaint.

Table talk

So, Leverkusen lead the way on 52 points, two clear of Bayern. A 17th win of the season would give them a five-point cushion and a huge psychological advantage, but a first defeat would allow the defending champions to regain top spot for the first time since the close of play on Matchday 5. A draw, meanwhile, would keep things as they are heading into the final 13 rounds of fixtures.
2:03
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Watch: Bayern 2-2 Leverkusen - previous meeting

Exequiel Palacios scored a 94th-minute penalty as Leverkusen recovered from 1-0 and 2-1 down to draw 2-2 with Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 4.
3:52
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Watch: Darmstadt 0-2 Leverkusen - highlights

Nathan Tella's brace ensured Leverkusen go into Matchday 21 not just top of the Bundesliga, but unbeaten in a German record 29 competitive matches so far this season.
4:01
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Watch: Bayern 3-1 Gladbach - highlights

Bayern came from behind to beat Gladbach and stay on on Leverkusen's heels. Harry Kane was among the scorers, with his 24th Bundesliga goal.
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Hello and welcome!

Thanks for joining us for build-up and live coverage of this top-of-the-table clash between Leverkusen and Bayern. Only two points separate first from second - stay tuned for a HUGE game in the title race!