Bundesliga: Bayern face 3-0 loss to Leverkusen
By TOI Desk Report February 11, 2024 Update on : February 11, 2024
Bayer Leverkusen beat second-placed FC Bayern Munich 3-0 to extend their lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Defender Josip Stanisic scored the opener in the 18th minute and Alex Grimaldo added another early in the second half while Jeremie Frimpong grabbed a third in injury time.
The front-runners established a five-point gap atop the standings after upsetting defending champions Bayern thanks to goals from Josip Stanisic, Alejandro Grimaldo, and Jeremie Frimpong in the 21st round.
Bayern controlled possession but Leverkusen lurked for counterattack opportunities as both sides began cautiously, reports Xinhua.
Leverkusen took over and created a clearcut chance in the 18th minute as the match progressed. Florian Wirtz allowed Amine Adli to test Bayern goalkeeper Manuel with a low shot.
As Robert Andrich’s low square pass to the far post found Bayern loanee Stanisic, Neuer was hapless moments. Stanisic tapped home the opener with all time and space.
The Werkself pressed for another goal but Neuer defused Nathan Tella’s effort from a tight angle as well as Jonathan Tah’s unsafe header on target in fast succession.
Munich had few answers against an energetic Leverkusen side as it kept tight control of star striker Harry Kane in defence.
With 13 games remaining this season Leverkusen now have a golden chance to break Bayern’s 11-year reign in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen midfielder Robert Andrich told Sky that from minute one until minute 90, they had our foot on the pedal.