|photo from Bundesliga
by Anthony J. Merced
RB Leipzig will fell that they let Bayern Munich off the hook after surrendering their two-goal first-half lead at Red Bull Arena in East Germany on Saturday afternoon. First half goals from Lois Openda and Castello Lukeba appeared to have Leipzig on the doorstep of finally winning a Bundesliga fixture against the Bavarian giants. However it was not to be following goals from Harry Kane and Leroy Sane in the second half.
Leipzig pressured the defending champions early and forced Munich into uncharacteristic mistakes. Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich had a particularly un-nerving mistake after collecting the ball outside of the box. His errant pass led to a long distance effort from Emil Forsberg that nearly opened the scoring. It wouldn't be long before the first goal did come. It was in the 20th minute when Openda's shot beat the Bayern keeper after a pass from Xaver Schlager played him through on goal. Six minutes later Lukeba doubled the lead off a corner kick.
Going into the half, it appeared as though Leipzig could do no wrong. However, Tomas Tuchel and his men regrouped and earned an early penalty due to a handball in the 57th minute. From there Bayern played with the prowess that many expected them to start the game with. The second goal came in the 71st minute when Sane had a one-on-one chance against the Leipzig keeper to equalize the game.
Both teams challenged for a winner but were unable to find the killer chance. This means that Leipzig fall to fifth place in the Bundesliga, just three points off of first place Bayer Leverkusen and one point from third place Bayern. Leipzig has little time to dwell on the droppped points as they will host Manchester City on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.
RB Leipzig: Blaswich; Henrichs (86' Klostermann), Simakan, Lukeba, Raum, Schlager, Kampl (64' Seiwald), Simons, Forsberg (72' Baumgartner), Openda (86' Carvalho), Poulsen (72' Sesko)
Bayern Munich: Ulreich; Laimer, Upamecano, Kim, Davies, Goretzka (45' Guerreiro), Kimmich, Sane, Musiala (87' Choupo-Moting), Coman (45' Tel), Kane