Match Report: RB Leipzig 1-4 Bayern Munich - Julian Nagelsmann returns to former club to haunt them after thumping win

Who doesn’t like an early title marker? That is exactly what was scheduled at the Red Bull Arena, when defending champions locked horns with hosts .

The host team haven’t had the kind of start they would have liked so far in their league campaign. The Bulls have just one win sandwiched between 2 losses and have been far from convincing.

On the other hand, the Allianz Arena outfit have been in fine form and have continued from where they left off last season. After drawing in their first league game, Bayern Munich have won two consecutive matches and looked to continue their momentum.

Jesse Marsch and RB Leipzig have been inconsistent this season, although they started this match on front foot with many half a chances coming their way. With none of those chances finding the back of the net, it gave Bayern enough time to get their own game ticking.

Midfielder Kevin Kampl was at fault for Bayern’s opening goal. The midfielder who came in on the far post to intercept a cross had accidentally handled the ball in the penalty box. And while initially, the referee had waved off cries for a penalty, the VAR officials asked the on-pitch official to take another look regarding the incident.

After much consideration, the referee rightfully adjudged the incident to be a foul and a penalty was awarded to Bayern. once again has been Bayern’s star man so far this season and it had to be him to take this spot-kick.

The Polish international sent Peter Gulacsi the wrong way, smashing the ball in the bottom right corner.

 

 

RB Leipzig though barely looked affected by this setback and launched their own flurry of attacks. While none of them could find Manuel Neuer’s back of the net, Dani Olmo and Kampl came close with their efforts.

 

 

The man at fault for Bayern’s first goal; Kevin Kampl was at the end of a crucial tackle in his own box. The German lunged and stretched hard to block the low cross whipped in by Thomas Muller.

While half-time was approaching quickly, the end to end contest was the highlight of the half. Although, just seconds before the whistle, Serge Gnabry looked to have pulled a muscle. The medical team signalled that the German speedster isn’t good to continue and was immediately taken off and replaced by Jamal Musiala.

 

 

The half-time break brought no changes from either side, with just Gnabry the casualty before the mid-way break, who was replaced by German sensation Musiala.

It took less than 2 minutes for the 18-year-old German international to double Bayern’s lead. Alphonso Davies made his usual marauding run on the left flank and set up a teasing cross for Musiala.

The former Chelsea academy graduate made no mistake and thumped the ball into the back of the net with his weaker foot.

 

 

Things weren’t at all rosy for the Red Bull outfit but they were still in the match. Andre Silva – Leipzig’s summer recruit – pounced on a mistake from former RB leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

The Portuguese striker put home an easy effort only to be ruled offside by the linesman. After VAR checks, the decision stood and was confirmed that Silva strayed offside by a very small margin.

 

 

The man who doubled their lead just after the interval, this time turned provider for Leroy Sane. The former Manchester City winger hasn’t been at his best since his move to Allianz Arena, but made no mistake for his finish this time.

 

 

RB Leipzig kept knocking on Bayern’s door and finally found an opening through Konrad Laimer. The Austrian all-action midfielder scored a screamer from distance, and although it was too late and hardly meant anything in the scheme of things, it was one to remember for the Austrian.

 

 

Bayern Munich settled the contest once and for all late in the game, when substitute Eric Choupo-Mouting tapped in a sitter.

 

 

It was a brave performance all in all by the hosts, but Bayern Munich proved to be a class above them and the result rightly said so. With the game ending 1-4 in favour of Bayern Munich, FootTheBall looks at the key aspects of the game.

 

JAMAL MUSIALA IS JUST PURE CLASS

When an unknown 16-year-old left Chelsea on a free and was snapped up by Bayern Munich, not many knew what the German giant actually saw in that kid.

Fast forward two years and Jamal Musiala has already achieved what most teenagers could only dream of. The wunderkind has already won 2 Bundesliga titles and was also part of the treble-winning squad in 2019-20.

 

 

Given the right environment and ample playing time Musiala could surpass expectations, and looking at his current form and run, its hard to argue why not.

 

RB LEIPZIG LOOK LOST UNDER MARSCH

When RB Leipzig hired Jesse Marsch from their infamous ”farm club‘ to replace their outgoing manager , many thought he would have been the ideal replacement.

 

 

But after just 4 matches, things could not have been worse for the Red Bull outfit. RB Leipzig and Marsch look lost for ideas especially after losing their captain Marcel Saitzer to tonight’s rivals and two other key figures in Upamecano and Nagelsmann.

 

BARCELONA MIGHT NOT BE READY TO FACE BAYERN

 

With just a couple of days before the new season of UEFA Champions League kicks-off, Bayern might have already marked fear in their upcoming opponent’s heads.

Barcelona have had a disastrous few years, where they have lost their captain and talisman Lionel Messi and a 1.3m Euros debt hanging above the clubs head. Add to that the recent meeting between these two teams and not many Barca fans would remember it fondly.

The Catalan club were on the receiving end of an 8-2 loss; their biggest in recent history and there could not have been a worse time to face their biggest fear once again.

 

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