Full time! Bayern 2-2 Leverkusen!
Leverkusen twice come from behind to draw with Bayern. They stay top, ahead of the record champions on goal difference. Both stay unbeaten. What a game to kick off Matchday 4 in the Bundesliga!
Upamecano fires home after Leverkusen don't deal with a corner, but he was in an offside position.
Palacios on the spot!
Ulreich goes the right way, but Palacios's spot-kick is just too precise. He scored two penalties the last time these two met. All square again!
The referee goes to check the pitchside monitor. There's clear contact from Davies on Hofmann - and that's a penalty!
FIVE minutes for Leverkusen to respond to that late Goretzka goal...
.. not taken by Boniface. He blazes over on the turn, with the goal at his mercy. The visiting fans expected the net to bulge!
Bayern retake the lead!
Tel makes all the difference again, beating Kossounou in the one-on-one and cutting the ball back for Goretzka to sweep a first-time finish beyong Hradecky.
The Nigerian bulldozes his way into a shooting position inside the Bayern area, clearing the crossbar with a rising strike on the run.
Ulreich to the rescue!
Leverkusen work the ball to Boniface in the six-yard area, but Ulreich is off his line in a flash to block with his legs.
Tapsoba to the rescue
Musiala dances his way through, only for Tapsoba to stick out a boot to prod the ball to safety. The Bayern fans think it's a penalty, but there was nothing in that. Super challenge!
Off the post!
Wirtz combines with Boniface to cut open the Bayern defence. He aims for the corner, with only the upright preventing Leverkusen from taking the lead.
Kossounou in the way
The Leverkusen defender steps up to prevent Sane getting on the end of a promising one-two on the edge of the penalty area. Bayern's No.10 was about to wind up that famous left foot of his...
Serge Gnabry Victor Boniface
Eighteen-year-old Tel - Bayern's matchwinner from the bench against Gladbach - is on in place of Gnabry.
Tapsoba ticking off
A clear tactical foul from Tapsoba to stop Kane rolling away and breaking into Leverkusen territory. That's a yellow card all day long.
Sane sends over a corner from the left. Upamecano gets his head to it, but can't direct the ball on goal. Another opening from a set-piece, though - that'll concern Alonso.
Musiala, who was a doubt earlier in the week, replaces Müller. Right-back Mazraoui's also on for Kimmich, so Laimer will move into central midfield.
Kane only has the goalkeeper to beat from 11 yards, but Hradecky somehow gets his outstretched boot to the shot.
Bonifice chases down Ulreich, forcing a rushed clearance from the Bayern keeper. Hofmann collects and finds Wirtz, who feeds Frimpong to his right, but Ulreich is out to block before the lineman's flag is raised for offside.
Boniface from downtown!
Superb effort from a man very much in form as Boniface takes aim from halfway, landing the ball on the roof of the Bayern net. Not sure the back-tracking Ulreich would have got to it!
Wirtz joins Hofmann in the book, after deliberately delaying a Bayern free-kick.
Here we go again!
Just the one change at the break, with Palacios on in central midfield for Andrich. The 2022 World Cup winner scored twice from the spot to give Leverkusen the win over Bayern back in March...
Half-time! Bayern 1-1 Leverkusen
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Chances for Bayern!
Hradecky repels a Goretzka header at point-blank range. Bayern are soon on the attack again with Gnabry, whose shot across goal is beaten away once more by the Leverkusen No.1.
Hradecky flies to his right to get the slightest of touches on the in-form Sane's 18-yard strike. This really is blink-and-you'll-miss it football!
Boniface shows incredible power to shrug off Upamecano. He then slips the ball through the Bayern defender's legs, before seeing his rising goal-bound strike blocked by Kim.
Entertaining stuff in Munich
Müller meets a Kimmich free-kick, his glancing header forcing Hradecky into a superb reaction save, low to his left. Gnabry drives the follow-up back towards the Bayer goal, but Tah gets a boot in the way.
Disallowed Boniface goal
Leverkusen's main man does score this time, but the flag is up for a clear offside. Suddenly, it's the visitors asking all the questions...
Tapsoba wins the ball off Müller in the Bayern half. Wirtz helps it on to Boniface, who has Tapsoba unmarked to his right, but instead goes for goal and hits the side netting.
Ulreich with the save
Hofmann does find a teammate this time. Boniface collects on the overlap and goes into the six-yard box, but the angle is very tight and Ulreich blocks the eventual shot.
For a moment it looks like Hofmann has all the time in the world to pick his pass in the Bayern penalty area, but the home shirts snuff out the threat.
It wasn't immediate, but Leverkusen have shown a strong response to that early Kane goal. We're all square again at the top of the table...
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What. A. Goal!
Just what the doctor ordered for Leverkusen! Müller concedes a free-kick around 20 yards from the Bayern goal, just off centre. Grimaldo steps up and finds the top corner. Simply stunning.
Leverkusen up the ante with Hofmann, who plays an inviting ball right across the face of goal. Wirtz is arriving at the back post, but can't get anything on it.
Chance not taken
Hradecky gets a big punch on another arrowed Sane corner. Wirtz leads the counter and has Boniface unmarked to his left, but Laimer makes a timely block on the edge of the Bayern area.
Bayern on the front foot
Frimpong does well to stand up to the rampaging Gnabry. Bayern recycle possession, though, with Hradecky first to a probing Kimmich cross, with Kane lurking.
Strong Bayern start
Frimpong spring to life
Better from Leverkusen as Frimpong wins a corner. Bayern don't deal with it initially, but no one in a black shirt can take advantage.
Over from Sane!
Bayern come again with Gnabry. Müller's pass into the box isn't the best, but Sane is able to collect on the edge of the area. He shifts it onto his preferred left foot, before ballooning off target. Leverkusen are all at sea.
Bayern's bright start is rewarded. Müller wins a corner after his cut-back is put behind. Sane's in-swinger is flicked on at the near post, and there's Kane on the opposite side to head home unmarked. Four Bundesliga goals for him!
Goretzka tries to feed the run of Kane, but overcooks his pass and Hradecky can gather.
Bright start from Bayern as Kane and Sane combine to set up Laimer for a shot that he side-foots straight at Hradecky.
Leverkusen are temporarily down to 10 men as Boniface receives treatment after taking an accidental elbow to the nose from Davies.
Kimmich with a ball from deep for Gnabry, who'd escaped the attentions of Frimpong in the penalty box but can't bring it under wraps.
Leverkusen kick off!
Under way at the Allianz Arena! Who will blink first?
Friday night lights
Here come the teams. Bayern in green, Leverkusen in black and red...
Teams in the tunnel
Kick-off is just around the corner. The Bundesliga's top two - this is going to be special!
Watch: Musiala and Davies in relaxed mood
More on those teams
Joshua Kimmich gets the green light to start for Bayern, but Jamal Musiala is only fit enough for a place on the bench. Thomas Müller continues in the No.10 role, albeit with Serge Gnabry instead of the injured Kingsley Coman to his left. Midfielder Konrad Laimer is preferred to Noussair Mazraoui at right-back, meanwhile, following an impressive cameo in the role against Gladbach. As for Leverkusen, Xabi Alonso makes his first starting change of the campaign. Robert Andrich replaces midfielder Exequiel Palacios, who is on the bench after his travels with Argentina.
Bayern starting line-up
Ulreich - Laimer, Upamecano, Kim, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Sane, Müller (c), Gnabry - Kane
Peretz, De Ligt, Sarr, Mazraoui, Krätzig, Fukui, Choupo-Moting, Tel, Musiala
Leverkusen starting line-up
Hradecky (c) - Kossounou, Tah, Tapsoba - Frimpong, Andrich, Xhaka, Grimaldo - Hofmann, Wirtz - Boniface
Kovar, Lomb, Hincapie, Amiri, Palacios, Puerta, Tella, Adli, Hlozek
Watch: All eyes on Kane
Watch: A glorious evening in Munich
Watch: The away dressing room
Busy weeks ahead
This is the first of seven competitive fixtures across the next three weeks for Bayern. They host Man United in the UEFA Champions League next week, before facing Bochum, Münster (DFB Cup), RB Leipzig, Copenhagen and Freiburg. Leverkusen also have domestic and European commitments to juggle, albeit in the Europa League. However, Die Werkself play one game fewer during the period in question, having already come through the DFB Cup opening round.
Watch: Hans-Jörg Butt - the goalscoring goalkeeper
Kane at Bayern to win it all
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Bayern have officially unveiled a statue of the club's record goalscorer, Gerd Müller, at their iconic Allianz Arena home. The sculpture, which sits proudly along the Allianz Arena walkway, was created by the artist Karel Fron and financed through donation from supporters of Bayern and its fan clubs. Made entirely of bronze, the statue showcases Müller in full goal celebration mode, something he was able to do 568 times for the club across a storied career. Müller died on 15 August 2021, aged 75.
Alonso's winning formula
Alonso - who won three titles with Bayern as a player - has named the same starting line-up in each of the first three games of the season. He's only the second Leverkusen coach to do so, after Erich Ribbeck in 1986/87.
Kane scored a brace on his first start at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 2 (3-1 vs. Augsburg), following up his Bundesliga debut goal and assist in Bremen. He was kept quiet in Mönchengladbach prior to the international break, but brought up his 59th international goal for England earlier this week.
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Watch: Boniface is also August's Player of the Month!
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Watch: Kane vs. Boniface
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Joshua Kimmich faces a race against time to be fit for Friday night's big encounter. The Bayern No.6 picked up a muscular complaint while on international duty with Germany and will be assessed at his club in the build-up to the Leverkusen game. Konrad Laimer could be an alternative in the position should Kimmich fail to make it.
Leverkusen on fire
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Bayern race out of the blocks
Bayern have had the upper hand in recent fixtures between the two, winning six of the previous eight meetings. Leverkusen have won just two out of the previous nine meanwhile, with their last victory at the Allianz Arena coming courtesy of a 2-1 triumph in 2019.
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The Bundesliga's back after the first international break of the season, and what a way to kick off Matchday 4! Defending champions Bayern are at home to Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, with the two sides perfect so far in 2023/24 and separated by just goal difference. You do not want to miss this one!