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Leon Bailey strikes twice as Bayer Leverkusen hand Bayern Munich first defeat under Hansi Flick

Bayer Leverkusen handed Bayern Munich their first defeat under interim coach Hansi Flick as Leon Bailey's brilliant first-half brace inspired them to a superb win at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Goals: 0-1 Bailey (10'), 1-1 Müller (34'), 1-2 Bailey (35')
Red card: Tah (81')

Bayern made a typically high-tempo start at the Allianz Arena and had the first real chance when Serge Gnabry latched onto David Alaba's defence-splitting pass, but the Germany international's low effort bounced back off the post. It was Leverkusen who forged ahead though, Bailey tearing away from Benjamin Pavard and becoming the first player to score against Bayern under Flick. Moussa Diaby had a couple of flimsy efforts saved by Manuel Neuer before the record champions got back on the hunt, with Wendell doing brilliantly to deny Thomas Müller, and Ivan Perisic, admittedly offside, crashing one off the crossbar. Müller brought the Bavarians level with his first Bundesliga goal since March, but barely two minutes later, the jet-heeled Bailey was released on the counter by Kevin Volland and fired in his second. Bayern had a host of chances to equalise before the break, but Robert Lewandowski screwed one wide before Gnabry misjudged a three-on-one, with Lars Bender's sensational tackle keeping the visitors ahead at the interval.

Bayern picked up where they left off in the second half, with Leon Goretzka glancing a header just wide from a Joshua Kimmich free-kick. Neuer then made a superb save to prevent Nadiem Amiri extending Leverkusen's lead after fine work from Diaby down the right flank. Lewandowski's rare off-night continued as he drilled wide from the edge of the area, before Perisic blasted over with the goal begging. Two minutes later, Lewandowski and Müller were denied by a sensational double save from visiting keeper Lukas Hradecky. Bailey limped off with a muscle injury just after the hour, but Leverkusen continued to threaten through the lively Diaby, who drew another excellent stop from Neuer. Flick threw on Philippe Coutinho and Kingsley Coman in the closing stages, and the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Jonathan Tah brought down the Brazilian just outside the area, not long after Goretzka had headed onto the post. Bayern huffed and puffed, with Lewandowski finding the woodwork yet again and Gnabry dragging wide, but Leverkusen held on for a superb win which lifts them to seventh and leaves the record champions three points off leaders RB Leipzig.

Match stats

  • After wins and clean sheets against Olympiacos (2-0), Borussia Dortmund (4-0), Fortuna Düsseldorf (4-0) and Red Star Belgrade (6-0), Bayern suffered their first loss and conceded their first goals under Flick.
  • Bailey scored his first Bundesliga brace since December 2017, when he notched two in a barnstorming 4-4 draw at Hannover. The Jamaican was also on target against Bayern in last season's 3-1 home win.
  • Müller ended a Bundesliga scoring drought of 21 games and 1,359 minutes. The 100-time Germany international was last on target in a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg on 9 March 2019.
  • No side have hit the woodwork more times this season than Bayern (11).
  • Lewandowski has scored 27 goals in 21 games in all competitions this season, including a league-high 16 in the Bundesliga.
  • Leverkusen have kept the Polish marksman from scoring in 13 of their 16 meetings against him. No club has shut the Bayern No.9 out more often.

Watch: Bailey: "I couldn't be happier right now"

Line-ups

Bayern: Neuer (c) – Pavard, Martinez (Thiago 80'), Alaba, Davies – Kimmich – Gnabry, Goretzka, Müller (Coutinho 69'), Perisic (Coman 69') – Lewandowski
Unused subs: Ulreich, Boateng, Tolisso
Out: Arp (fractured wrist), Hernandez (ankle), Süle (torn ACL)
Coach: Hansi Flick

Leverkusen: Hradecky – L.Bender (c), Tah, S. Bender, Wendell (Sinkgraven 65') – Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz (Demirbay 80') – Diaby, Amiri, Bailey (Bellarabi 63') – Volland
Unused subs: Özcan, Retsos, Dragovic, Paulinho, Alario, Havertz
Out: Pohjanpalo (ankle), Weiser (ankle)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Watch: Alaba praises Flick