This Sunday, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig played the big game of this matchday 21 in the Bundesliga. Even though both top scorers of the league were playing, the scoring remained goalless. The Bavarians commanded the first half, while the best chances of goal in the second half were for the visitors. The highlight goes to Leipzig’s defender, Dayot Upamecano, who made an excellent match and neutralized Robert Lewandowski.
The home side commanded the first 45 minutes, with 70% of possession and seven shots on target. They had the best chances to open the scoring, both with their number 9. However, Upamecano was there and avoided what could have been the two goals from the Polish. On the other hand, Leipzig was lost in the game. It didn’t even look like they could take the top of the table with a victory.
Julian Nagelsmann’s men had a lot of trouble to get the ball, most times losing in a matter of seconds, and having to defend once again. Consequently, the attack didn’t work and Manuel Neuer didn’t even make a save in the first half.
The Red Bulls returned to the second half much better. Within just 24 seconds, Marcel Sabitzer had a great opportunity to put his team ahead, however, the captain kicked the ball over the bar.
Shortly after that, it was the Bavarians who were attacking and almost had the perfect chance to break the deadlock when Lewandowski was brought down inside the box.
The referee Marco Fritz gave the penalty, however, VAR interfered and saw that the number 9 was in an offside position. No pen for Bayern and no goals on the scoring.
The visitors fought back and had a great opportunity when Nkunku sped off and assisted Timo Werner. However, the number 11 wasted the opportunity, face to face with Neuer, and sent the ball wide.
Trying to change something, Bayern’s manager Hans-Dieter Flick brought in Philippe Coutinho and Kingsley Coman. The change could have had an effect if Leon Goretzka didn’t miss the last real chance of scoring a goal.
With this result, Bayern remains in the lead with 43 points, just one ahead of Leipzig, while Dortmund and Gladbach close the top 4 both with 39 points. For matchday 22, RB Leipzig will welcome Werder Bremen, on Saturday, while Bayern will travel to face Köln, on Sunday.