Bayer Leverkusen extended their unbeaten run impressively with a commanding 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Facing the prospect of losing their top spot with a defeat, Leverkusen delivered a stellar performance at home, thoroughly dominating their esteemed opponents. Josip Stanisic, borrowed from Bayern, initiated the scoring early in the game. Alejandro Grimaldo added a second after the break, and Jeremie Frimpong sealed the win with a stoppage-time goal.
The outcome now positions Leverkusen five points ahead at the summit of the table, firmly holding control of the title race.
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Both teams started cautiously, aware of the significant impact a loss could have. A blunder from Dayot Upamecano gave Amine Adli a chance to score ten minutes in, but the Leverkusen player’s shot was easily gathered by Manuel Neuer.
Shortly after, Leon Goretzka’s attempt from outside the box sailed over the bar, but Leverkusen took the lead through Stanisic, a loanee from Bayern. A well-delivered cross found Stanisic unmarked in the six-yard box, making for an easy finish.
Leverkusen continued to press, with Nathan Tella testing Neuer from close range. The goalkeeper then had to tip Jonathan Tah’s header over the bar.
Bayern, adapting their formation to match Leverkusen’s, appeared uncomfortable and disjointed in their quest for an equalizer. Upamecano made a crucial tackle late in the half to deny Adli a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Maintaining momentum after halftime, Leverkusen extended their lead through Grimaldo’s goal five minutes into the second half. A well-executed one-two with Tella allowed the left-back to beat Neuer and find the net. Grimaldo later hit the woodwork directly from a corner, attempting to catch Neuer off guard.
Despite Bayern’s efforts to mount a comeback, Leverkusen’s defensive dominance and relentless energy thwarted any real threats. Even with extended play, Bayern struggled to breach Leverkusen’s defense.
In the closing stages, Frimpong struck the Bayern post before leading a counterattack. With Neuer in an attacking position at the other end, Frimpong capitalized on an empty net to secure a historic victory for Xabi Alonso’s team.