Bayern Back to the Top While Barcelona Held at Home Again

2020-12-20 Bundesliga

Bundesliga after snatching a dramatic 2-1 win over their contender, Bayer Leverkusen on the road yesterday. Peter Bosz’s men who were at the leading the standings for two weeks took an early lead by a superb volley of the former AS Roma man, Patrick Schick on the 14th minute. Yet, just before the interval, Die Roeten could equalise by none but the FIFA Best Player of the Year, Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international also bagged the winning goal before the final whistle. Those are his seventeenth goals of the season in Bundesliga only. Hans Flick’s men domestic domination might still be undisrupted this season.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munchen 1-2

Goals: Patrick Schick (14); Robert Lewandowski (43, 90+2)

Bayer Leverkusen:Lukas Hradecky – Jonathan Tah, Daley Sinkgraven, Alexander Dragovic, Edmund Tapsoba – Nadiem Amiri, Julian Baumgratlinger, Florian Wirtz – Moussa Diaby, Leon Bailey (Kerem Demirbay 74), Patrick Schick (Lucas Alario 82).

Bayern Munchen: Manuel Neuer – Niklas Sule, Jerome Boateng, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonse Davies – David Alaba, Corentin Tolisso (Joshua Kimmich 68), Kingsley Coman (Leroy Sane 32 (Jamal Musiala 68)), Thomas Muller, Serge Gnarby  – Robert Lewandowski.

Meanwhile, in La Liga, Ronald Koeman’s men who were hoping for enduring their series of win at home this weekend failed to secure maximum points while playing host to Valencia. They could only muster a 2-2 draw. Mouctar Diakhaby put Los Ches on the lead by Mouctar Diakhaby’s header on 29th minute. Barcelona had to wait till the end of the first half by Lionel Messi’s header after his penalty was denied by Jaume Domenech but bounced back to Jordi Alba who attempted to cross the ball to the far post yet deflected. It fell on Messi’s position before he flicked the ball into the net. At the early second half, Blaugrana overturned the score sheet as Ronald Araujo found the back of the net. Unfortunately, Valencia was back on the level term as Maxi Gomez buried the ball in the back of the net. Such draw result only put them on the fifth of the table with 21 points. Their campaign  this season is going to get tougher if Messi and Co do not start improving, especially their defensive stance.

Barcelona vs Valencia 2-2

Goals: Lionel Messi (45+3), Ronald Araujo (52); Mouctar Diakhaby (29), Maxi Gomez (69)

Barcelona: Marc Ter-Stegen – Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba, Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza – Sergio Busquets (Frankie De Jong 46), Phillippe Coutinho (Clement Lenglet 79), Pedri (Miralem Pjanic 86), Antoine Griezmann (Trincao 73), Martin Braithwaite – Lionel Messi

Valencia: Jaume Domenech  – Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gaya, Gabriel Paulista, Daniel Wass – Carlos Soler, Yunus Musah (Alex Blanco 42), Denis Cheryshev (Lee Kang in 90) – Maxi Gomez, Goncalo Guedes (Manu Vallejo 87)