RB Leipzig 2-1 Bayern Munich: Timo Werner Shines as Red Bulls Upset German Giants

RB Leipzig secured their first ever win over Bayern Munich with a deserved 2-1 victory at the Red Bull Arena, a result that was made possible thanks to a brilliant performance from standout duo Timo Werner and Naby Keïta.

Jupp Heynckes made six changes to his side that cruised past Be?ikta? in midweek, the most notable of which was replacing Robert Lewandowski with Sandro Wagner.

The Bavarians still have one hand on their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title but defeat against Leipzig has scuppered their dreams of being crowned champions in Der Klassiker after the international break.


Ralph Hasenhüttl also made half a dozen changes from his side that travelled to Saint Petersburg on Thursday, with star man Werner starting the game from the bench – although an injury to Marcel Sabitzer forced the 22-year-old striker into action early on.

RB Leipzig remain outside of the top four in the league table but after seeing Bayer Leverkusen drop points against FC Köln on Sunday, Die Roten Bullen will be confident of securing Champions League football next season.

A rare mistake from Joshua Kimmich almost offered Leipzig winger Bruma a clear sight of goal just five minutes into the game. 

Clever link-up play between James Rodríguez and Thomas Müller then allowed Bayern to create their first opening of the match. 

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The Colombian midfielder was able to float the ball into an unmarked Sandro Wagner and the Germany international made no mistake with his header, placing the ball beyond an outstretched Péter Gulácsi.

A goal shy Yussuf Poulsen had a golden chance to quickly bring Leipzig back on level terms after racing onto the end of a through ball from Dayot Upamecano. However, the Dane scuffed his half-volley and Bayern recovered quickly to clear the danger.

Bruma was kept out by an acrobatic Sven Ulreich just before the half-hour mark, with Timo Werner seeing a goalbound effort cleared off the line by Niklas Süle soon after.

Despite seeing Poulsen waste another outstanding chance for the hosts before the break, Naby Keïta was able to squeeze the ball underneath Ulreich following a goalmouth scramble to claw Die Roten Bullen back into the game at half time.

Leipzig star Werner then completed the turnaround just 10 minutes after the restart. The young striker raced onto a pass from Keïta and drove the ball into the far corner of the net, beyond the outstretched leg of Ulreich.

Gulácsi was soon called into action to keep the hosts narrow lead intact, impressively keeping out a thunderous effort from Mats Hummels before Arturo Vidal sent a close-range header sailing over the crossbar.

Bayern saw hopeful appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee in the last few minutes of the game – a decision which the official stuck to after consulting the Video Assistant Referee.

Although a couple of half chances fell the way of the visitors before the final whistle, Heynckes’ side were unable to take any of the opportunities and were made to suffer just their third defeat of the season in Saxony.



Joshua Kimmich Reveals Aim to Become Bayern Munich Captain After Signing Contract Extension

Joshua Kimmich has admitted his intention to one day become the captain of Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract extension with the the club earlier this month, which will extend his stay in Bavaria to 2023.

Kimmich has proven a precocious talent since arriving at Bayern from RB Leipzig in 2015. He has moved from midfield to full back, a demonstration of his versatility, and is considered by many the natural successor to Philipp Lahm.

“Becoming the captain of Bayern is my big goal,” he told TZ. “But you have to work hard for it and consistently deliver good performances, that’s my ultimate target.”

Kimmich remains one of the younger members of Bayern’s squad, however, and still looks towards his more experienced teammates for guidance.

He has credited winger Arjen Robben, now 34-years-old and in his ninth season at Bayern, for his impact on youngsters at the club.?

“He demonstrates this absolute professionalism to the young players” said Kimmich. “He is always very, early on the training ground and prepares for each session intensively. 

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“Young and older players can learn from this. Arjen still has that unbridled ambition to win, that will, every game, to be fully engaged in training.”

Robben has publicly praised Kimmich, describing the full back as his “new right foot”. “This is definitely an accolade,” Kimmich added. “He said that about Philipp. They played together for eight years. I try to play in my own way.”

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3 Key Battles That Could Decide Bayern Munich’s Clash With RB Leipzig on Sunday

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich head to the Red Bull Arena to face RB Leipzig in the German top flight this weekend.

The Bavarians are 26 points clear of their rivals in the hunt for the title and it’ll be a case of damage limitation for the hosts given how poor they’ve been in the league this term.

Bayern can’t rest on their laurels and expect a routine win, however, due to Leipzig’s talented squad, and these three key battles could go some way to helping decide the outcome of this tasty encounter:

3. Timo Werner vs Jerome Boateng

Leipzig’s top scorer once again, 22-year-old Werner will carry the burden of bagging the goals that may be necessary to ending Bayern’s domestic winning run.

The striker has bagged 17 goals in all competitions so far this term, but will come up against a formidable backline that doesn’t ship goals easily.

Werner will come face-to-face with international teammates Boateng and Mats Hummels on home soil, and his clash with the former should make for a good personal tussle.

If Werner can utilise his pace and movement to break the lines of Bayern, he may yet be the difference maker in Saxony.

2. Robert Lewandowski vs Yvon Mvogo

Down the opposite end of the field Bayern superstar Lewandowski will hope to continue his remarkable streak in front of goal.

The Poland international has plundered 32 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions and will back himself to notch the deciding strikes against this weekend’s opponents.

Standing in his way will be Leipzig shot stopper Mvogo, who may end up being a one-man army as he bids to keep Bayern’s attackers at bay.

It promises to be a clash of epic proportions and whichever player succeeds in coming on top will have a massive say on where the points lie at the end of Sunday.

1. Naby Keita vs Arturo Vidal

Key to both teams’ chances of winning will be their ability to retain – and win back – the ball, which is where Leipzig’s and Bayern’s two midfield enforcers will come into play.

Both Keita and Vidal are rough in the tackle, have stamina levels to last the full 90 minutes, can pick a pass and score the odd goal or two when required.

It makes for an intriguing centre midfield battle between the pair and much will depend on how they settle into proceedings in a bid to out-do the other.

If the Guinea international or Chile star can best the other in a battle of physical and mental wills then it will likely be the biggest factor on who wins this weekend.


RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News & More

Bayern Munich travel to the Red Bull Arena on Sunday knowing that they are on the brink of securing a sixth straight Bundesliga title this season, and could even be crowned champions this weekend if results elsewhere go their way.

RB Leipzig will prove to be far from routine opponents for the travelling Bavarians, although back to back draws against Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart have left Die Roten Bullen four points adrift of the Champions League places.

Here’s everything you need to know about this heavyweight fixture on Sunday.

Classic Encounter


You’d be forgiven for thinking that the list of classic matches involving a team that were formed in 2009 is rather short. However, RB Leipzig rarely fail to disappoint, especially when they face up against Bayern Munich.
These two sides first met in the German top flight last season – Leipzig’s maiden year in the Bundesliga. When Bayern travelled to Saxony on the penultimate day of the league campaign, only an injury-time strike separated both teams in a nine-goal thriller.

Marcel Sabitzer got the hots off to the perfect start and nodded the ball into the back of the net with less than two minutes on the clock. Despite seeing their lead dashed by a Robert Lewandowski penalty, Timo Werner had Leipzig back in front at half time.

Yussuf Poulsen increased Leipzig’s lead even further shortly after the restart before Thiago Alcântara pulled another goal back for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The game then looked to be done and dusted when Werner scored his second of the game. 

However, Lewandowski and David Alaba scored late on and appeared to have rescued a point for the Bavarians. But the game one had one final twist and when Arjen Robben raced through on goal in the 95th minute, the Dutch veteran calmly dinked the ball over Péter Gulácsi to round off a thrilling and historic afternoon of football.

Team News

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Manuel Neuer will still be out of action this weekend against RB Leipzig but the 31-year-old goalkeeper could return to the Bayern Munich squad in less than a month.
Thiago Alcântara, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman could also be missing for the Bavarians this weekend, although only the aforementioned Coman should be sidelined after the international break.
For RB Leipzig, Marcel Sabitzer and Marcel Halstenberg are the only players who should be missing from Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad this weekend.


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Bayern Munich already have one hand on the Bundesliga title and Jupp Heynckes’ side would be forgiven for looking ahead to their next two games where they face Borussia Dortmund – a game that is more about pride at this stage of the season – and Sevilla.
Although the Bavarians will rightly be favourites ahead of the game, Leipzig have a lot more to lose this weekend and should come out of the blocks on the front foot in search of their first-ever win against Bayern.
Prediction: RB Leipzig 3-2 Bayern Munich

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face RB Leipzig on Sunday

?Bayern Munich face a trip to RB Leipzig’s stadium on Sunday as they look to wrap up the Bundesliga title as soon as possible.

The Bavarian giants hold a 20-point lead over nearest rivals Schalke for the league crown and will have the trophy in the bag if they maintain their excellent winning streak.

Here’s Jupp Heynckes will line his side up for the clash:


  • Ulreich


?With Manuel Neuer still sidelined, Sven Ulreich will continue to deputise in goal.


  • Kimmich


  • Boateng


  • Hummels


  • Alaba


?Joshua Kimmich should be preferred to Rafinha at right-back after he was rested for the victory over Besiktas in midweek, while David Alaba will retain his place on the opposite flank.

First choice central defensive duo Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will also remain in the starting lineup despite competition from the likes of Niklas Sule.


?With Thiago and Corentin Tolisso both injured, Heynckes has had to change his favoured 4-3-3 system to accommodate another forward in his team.

Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal will take their places in the heart of midfield as per usual, while Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will be deployed ahead of them.


  • Lewandowski


?Who else will lead Bayern’s attack if not Robert Lewandowski?

The Real Madrid and PSG target has been in superb form for his club again this season and, despite rumours that he wants away from the Allianz Arena, is still banging in the goals to ensure that Bayern have all-but-secured the German top flight trophy for another season.