FC Bayern have claimed the first trophy of the season. DFB-Pokal winners RB Leipzig were defeated 5-3 by Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich in a goal fest in front of 47,069 fans at a sold-out Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls began the game well but an early individual error saw Domenico Tedesco’s side behind early on after a strike from Jamal Musiala (14’). Sadio Mané (31’) and Benjamin Pavard (45’) built on the Bayern lead and sent the Bundesliga champions into the break with a three-goal lead.
Leipzig never let their heads drop and found a way back into the goal when Marcel Halstenberg headed in a corner (59’). Serge Gnabry responded for the visitors in the 66th minute. RBL cut the deficit once more when Christopher Nkunku converted from the penalty spot after Dani Olmo was brought down in the area (77’). Olmo scored his team’s third goal in the 89th minute and came close to finding an equaliser, but Leroy Sané put the icing on the cake for Bayern with a goal on the counter attack in the 90+8th minute.
Gulácsi (C) - Simakan (79' Novoa), Orbán, Forsberg (52' Silva), Klostermann, Szoboszlai (90' Haidara), Nkunku, Halstenberg, Laimer, Henrichs, Kampl (52' Olmo)
Blaswich, Schlager, Ba
FC Bayern München:
Neuer (C) - Upamecano (78' de Ligt), Pavard (78' Mazraoui), Kimmich, Gnabry (78' Sané), Mané, Sabitzer, Davies, Hernandez, Müller (68' Gravenberch), Musiala (60' Coman)
Ulreich, Nianzou, Zirkzee, Stanisic
0-1 Musiala (14') | 0-2 Mané (31') | 0-3 Pavard (45') | 1-3 Halstenberg (59') | 1-4 Gnabry (66') | 2-4 Nkunku (77', pen) | 3-4 Olmo (89') | 3-5 Sané (90'+8)
36' Simakan, 90'+2 Klostermann - 64' Kimmich, 73' Hernandez, 87' Sané, 90'+7 Neuer
Robert Schröder (Hannover)
47,069, Red Bull Arena
First half highlights:
Underway at the Red Bull Arena! Let’s go, Leipzig!
The first free kick opportunity falls Bayern’s way after a foul on Mané. Kimmich delivers it to the back post but Mané can’t turn it goalwards.
First chance for RBL! Neuer tries to clear the ball and is way out of his area, but doesn’t get it right. Nkunku gets round the goalkeeper and crosses into the area, but Sabitzer heads behind for a corner.
Henrichs cuts inside and shoots from outside the area but sends the ball high and wide.
A long ball over the top towards Szoboszlai is claimed by Neuer.
Corner for Bayern. The original ball is cleared away but Musiala picks up possession and finishes into the bottom corner.
Nkunku receives a through ball and slots home for the equaliser, but the flag is up for offside.
Bayern have enjoyed a little more possession so far but the game remains open.
Gulácsi beats Gnabry to a cross from Davies.
Mané doubles the Bayern lead by tapping in a square ball from Gnabry.
Szobo hits a goalwards cross from a free kick near the corner flag. Neuer punches away.
Simakan sees yellow for a foul on Musiala. Sabitzer hits the resulting free kick into the wall.
Sabitzer shoots from long range, but it’s deflected off target.
Pavard scores the third for Bayern after turning in a pass from Musiala.
Second half highlights:
The second half is underway. Let’s go!
Chance for Bayern. Davies plays in Gnabry who misses from a narrow angle.
Double change for RBL: Olmo comes on for Kampl while Silva replaces Forsberg.
Substitute Silva meets a Szoboszlai cross but his header hits the crossbar.
RBL are increasing the pressure! Olmo’s shot is deflected for a corner.
GOOAAL for Leipzig! Nkunku delivers a corner and Halstenberg heads in.
Bayern change. Coman is on for Musiala.
Kimmich gets a yellow card.
Gnabry scores. 4-1.
Mané has the ball in the net but the flag is up for offside.
Two big chances for RBL! Nkunku dances past Davies and other Bayern defenders but his effort is blocked, before Silva cuts back to create space for himself just moments later, but puts his shot just over the bar.
Hernandez is booked.
Penalty for RBL! Pavard brings down Olmo in the area.
GOAL! Christo makes no mistake! A brilliant strike into the top corner.
Both head coaches make changes. Novoa replaces Simakan. Bayern make a triple substitution: Sané, Mazraoui and de Ligt are on, Gnabry, Pavard and Upamecano come off.
Coman squares to Mané, who finishes from close range. The flag is up for offside.
GOOOALL for RBL! Dani Olmo finishes off a brilliant team move.
Haidara comes on for Szoboszlai as the board goes up to show four minutes of added time.
Almost the equaliser! Halstenberg squares the ball but it goes past everyone and is cleared away.
Bayern put the game beyond doubt. With almost all players forward for the free kick, Davies the ball away and Sané breaks away to make it 5-3