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Bundesliga :FC Bayern 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

by Soumadeep Bagchi

FC Bayern’s Thomas Muller had a hapless return to action when he scored a costly own goal as the Bundesliga leaders were held 1-1 at home by third-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

But the Bavarian giants are still in pole position for a 10th straight league title.

FC Bayern are unbeaten in their last five with Bayer Leverkusen.

FC Bayern are still well in charge of the title race with 59 points after 25 matches although the result will give a glimmer of hope to chasing Borussia Dortmund, who are second on 50 points but have a game in hand. Leverkusen stayed third on 45.

Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern missed a chance to move 11 points clear at the top of the table, with second-placed Borussia Dortmund’s match at Mainz postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the hosts’ squad.

FC Bayern took an 18th-minute lead when defender Niklas Sule pounced on a loose ball to score after two botched clearances following a dangerous corner from Joshua Kimmich.

Leverkusen, who had won five of their previous six league matches heading into the game and boasted the second best league form in 2022, levelled in the 36th with a fortuitous goal.

Thomas Mueller, who had missed last week’s 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt due to a positive COVID-19 test, flummoxed his own goalkeeper Sven Ulreich as he turned a free kick from Kerem Demirbay into his own net.

Thomas Muller scored the first own goal of his 407-match Bundesliga career.

Robert Lewandowski has only failed to reach double figures for goals against three of the 18 Bundesliga clubs he has faced at least 10 times. Leverkusen are one of them (eight goals in 20 appearances).

Iranian Sardar Azmoun made his Bundesliga debut for Bayer Leverkusen.


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