Bayer Leverkusen, the current Bundesliga frontrunners, put on a stellar performance against reigning champions Bayern Munich, securing a commanding 3-0 win on Saturday. This victory not only propelled them five points ahead in the league standings but also firmly positioned them as the team to beat for the title.
The goals from Josip Stanisic, Alejandro Grimaldo, and Jeremie Frimpong sealed the deal for Leverkusen, extending their undefeated streak to an impressive 31 matches across all competitions this season. On the other hand, Bayern, aiming for their 12th consecutive league title, struggled to find their footing, managing only a solitary shot on target throughout the match.
Leverkusen exhibited greater aggression and tactical prowess compared to Bayern, who initially dominated possession but lacked penetration in attack. Bayern’s defensive vulnerabilities were exposed under Leverkusen’s relentless pressure, leading to Stanisic’s opening goal, where he found himself unmarked at the far post to capitalize on a well-executed play.
Grimaldo further solidified Leverkusen’s lead early in the second half, showcasing his proficiency with a superbly taken goal, followed by a near miss as his curling corner kick struck the crossbar. Despite easing off slightly, Leverkusen continued to threaten, with Frimpong narrowly missing a chance to extend their advantage.
Bayern found themselves unable to mount a comeback, with even their top scorer, Harry Kane, failing to make an impact. In the dying moments of the game, Frimpong capitalized on a rare error from Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer, who ventured too far forward during a corner kick, leaving the goal unguarded. Frimpong seized the opportunity, sealing Leverkusen’s triumph with a spectacular long-range shot into the empty net.