The two sides probed away at each other in the early stages until Bayern began to assert themselves, but they were thwarted by gutsy defending and excellent goalkeeping when they finally did carve out scoring opportunities. David Alaba’s deflected shot was cleared off the line by Wendell, and within seconds Ömer Toprak came to Leverkusen’s rescue with another last-ditch effort to deny Arturo Vidal. Bernd Leno’s excellent save from Kingsley Coman typified the hosts’ efforts before the break.
Die Werkself continued to keep Bayern out after the break, with Jedvaj blocking a goal-bound Vidal effort, but the Croatian defender spoiled his day shortly after by dragging back Thomas Müller to earn a second yellow card and his marching orders. Karim Bellarabi was gifted a chance when Manuel Neuer’s throw went straight to him, but the substitute rushed into a shot that was dragged well wide. Philipp Lahm missed a golden opportunity late on when he rolled a shot wide from inside the six-yard area, with Leverkusen clinging on for a hard-earned share of the spoils.
Man of the Match
Toprak’s goalline clearance was outstanding, but he was superb throughout, especially when marshalling his troops after they went down to 10 men.
There will be frustration in the Bayern ranks that they failed to score for the second consecutive away outing, especially when faced with only 10 men for the last third of the match. Leverkusen were resilient and will be keen to build on this in the closing weeks of the season.
- Leverkusen have yet to concede a goal in the first half of their seven games so far under Tayfun Korkut.
- At 21 years, four months and 18 days. Jedvaj is the youngest player to rack up three red cards in the Bundesliga.
- This was the first time this season that Leverkusen had not lost a meeting with one of the Bundesliga’s current top three.
Leverkusen: Leno, Hilbert, Jedvaj, Toprak, Wendell, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz (Dragovic 61'), Havertz (Bailey 87'), Kampl, Brandt (Bellarabi 66') - Volland
Red card: Jedvaj (59')
Coach: Tayfun Korkut
Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Javi Martinez (Lahm 72'), Alaba, Juan Bernat - Kimmich, Vidal, Thiago, Coman (Alonso 69'), Douglas Costa (Robben 59')- T. Müller
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
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