Alaba and Robben turned it around for the Champions
Stoppage time strikes from Alaba and Robben helps Bayern turn around a high scoring affair against Leipzig
This Bundesliga fixture was much awaited as some people thought that this could very well be the title decider. But Bayern’s impressive performances in the league helped them increase the gap between them and 2nd placed Leipzig. Whereas instead of closing in on Bayern, Leipzig dropped crucial points and finally handed the title to the Bavarian side.
But none the less Rb Leipzig has secured their 2nd place in the league as 3rd placed Dortmund were held by Augsburg to a 1-1 draw. Leipzig can set the record of highest points scored for a promoted club if they win their next match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was fireworks right from the very beginning as Leipzig came out with all guns blazzing as the hosts opened the score, when Forsberg found Sabitzer from the left and the Austria International powerfully heade in past Tom Starke.
Minutes later Werner came close to register his name in the scoresheet when his shot rattled the base of the bar. But not everything went Leipzig’s way, as the cross fromLahm was handled by Bernardo in the box and was resulted in a penalty. Lewandowski made no mistake to send it past Gulasci to get the back on level terms.
As the match continued it was more and more enthraling affair against the 2 top sides from Germany. Tom Starke did his job by denying shots from Sabitzer and Bernardo. Alonso could not keep pace with Forsberg’s quick movement and brought him down inside the box at an expense of a penalty. Werner was up to the task, as he sends Starke the wrong way and restores the lead for the hosts.
Ribery took a bad blow to his ribs and was replced by Douglas Costa.Bayern were in despair when Forsberg found Poulsen in space and the forward’s shot went past Starke, as a clear deflection from Alonso helped it on it’s way.
Lewandowski squandered a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit. But unlike the forward Thiago was up to the task in the 60th minute as he headed home being unmarked at the far post from an excellent Lahm cross.
But Leipzig refuse to surrender as Werner was quick to capitalise on Lahm’s loss of possession and Boateng’s poor tackle, as the young german forward sends it through the legs of Starke from a tight angle.
Bayern were also in no mood to giveup as Robben’s strike towards goal struck the bar with help of a deflection as the ball bounced in front of goal. Lewandowski was at the right place at the right time to head it home and took his tally to 30 goals this season.
Bayern were seriously taking this to their opponent as they were dominant in the play. Naby Keita’s foul to stop Lewandowski was like a lifeline for Bayern, they had to score as the time was running out. Alaba stepped up to take the responsibility and the Austrian International striked a stunning free kick from 25 yards as Bayern were back in level terms.
It was simply unbelievable stuff from the Champions as they levelled through a great Alaba free kick. Bayern were hungry for more and the 5 minutes added time looked like they still had something to savour. Muller,who replaced Kimmich was the architect, as his pass sent Robben on a fiery run as the Dutch winger arrowed past Illsanker and Compper on the right to get in the box and guides it past Gulasci in the dying moments of the match to bag all 3 points.
It was a epic comeback, from trailing 4-2 till the 83 rd minute and then scoring via Lewandowski (84) Alaba (90+1) and Robben (90+5) to make it 4-5 was terrific stuff. One of the best matches in Bundesliga this season for sure. Bayern showed their endurance and their never-die spirit to register a unbelievable comeback in a match where many people had written them off till 83rd minute.