Bundesliga: Leipzig holds Bayern to 1-1 draw, reclaims top spot

In its first meeting with Leipzig since a 3-0 DFB-Pokal final win in May, Lewandowski edged closer to a double century of Bayern goals to put Niko Kovac's side ahead.

The draw leaves Bayern in third, while Leipzig now sits a point above Borussia Dortmund, who moved up to second with a thumping 4-0 win over top four rivals Bayer Leverkusen earlier in the day.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Robert Lewandowski's 199th goal for Bayern Munich was not enough to claim the points as RB Leipzig fought back through Emil Forsberg's penalty to draw 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

In its first meeting with Leipzig since a 3-0 DFB-Pokal final win in May, Lewandowski edged closer to a double century of Bayern goals to put Niko Kovac's side ahead.

But, after Bayern had a penalty overturned by VAR, Forsberg levelled matters from 12 yards on the stroke of half-time.

A rejuvenated Leipzig found Manuel Neuer in top form after the restart, though Bayern would have snatched it had Peter Gulacsi not managed to tip Kingsley Coman's deflected effort onto the woodwork as Leipzig held firm to move back into top spot after being briefly replaced by Borussia Dortmund.

Leipzig's support was in full voice before kick-off, but the home fans were silenced within three minutes when Lewandowski raced onto Thomas Muller's pass and coolly slotted beyond Gulacsi.

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Lukas Klostermann wasted a chance to provide a swift response when he blasted over, while Lewandowski passed up two presentable opportunities.

Lewandowski looked set to have the chance to score his 200th Bayern goal when the visitor was awarded a penalty for a foul on Lucas Hernandez, but the referee changed his decision after a VAR check.

Bayern's frustrations was compounded in first-half stoppage time, Hernandez bringing down Yussuf Poulsen and Forsberg stepping up to tuck home from 12 yards.

Bayern would have restored its lead if not for a last-ditch block from Ibrahima Konate, before Neuer brilliantly denied Marcel Sabitzer on the hour.

Gulacsi made an outstanding save of his own soon after, denying Corentin Tolisso, with Timo Werner drilling wide at the other end.

Leipzig's goalkeeper had the final say, though, preventing Coman's strike looping in before he appeared to get a hand to Niklas Sule's last-gasp header to ensure a deserved share of the spoils.

What does it mean? Bayern faces genuine challengers again

Bayern just edged out Borussia Dortmund last term, while Leipzig came in third. There is now an undoubted top three in the Bundesliga and based on this display, Leipzig is more than capable of testing Bayern this season.

Whether that will translate into a title challenge remains to be seen, but with both Leipzig and Dortmund improving their squads, Bayern should not have a clear path to an eighth successive league crown.

Nagelsmann's tactical tweak pays off

Julian Nagelsmann has enjoyed a fine start to his tenure in charge of Leipzig, though his decision to start with a back three backfired in the first half.

The former Hoffenheim coach made a change to a back four at half-time in a switch that worked well in helping to push Bayern back and give Leipzig's creative players more space to operate.

Rare Thiago error leaves Bayern exposed

Making his 200th Bayern appearance, Thiago Alcantara gave away a simple pass in the build-up to Leipzig's penalty, causing panic in the visitor's defence before Hernandez clumsily bundled into Poulsen.

Key Facts

- Bayern Munich has only won four of its 25 away games in Bundesliga history against the team which was on top of the table going into the matchday (D5 L16).

- For the first time in Bundesliga history, seven Frenchmen played in a single game. Among foreign countries, only Brazil (three times), Switzerland and Croatia (both once) have had as many different players in a single Bundesliga game.

- Bayern has conceded all its four goals in this Bundesliga season before half-time – only Union Berlin has conceded more in this period (five).

- Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski scored his seventh goal in this Bundesliga season – the only player to score more goals on the opening four matchdays was Peter Meyer for Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1967-68 season.

- Bayern midfielder Thomas Muller has failed to score in his last 13 Bundesliga games – he has never gone more games without scoring (also 13 games in the 2011-12 season).

- Kovac calls on Bayern Munich players to be more ruthless -

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac urged his side to be more ruthless after it was held 1-1 by RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

"We have to do more with our superiority," Kovac said. "In the end, the result is annoying. We had more chances, played well, but unfortunately two points less than planned."

"We played sensationally in the first half, that was the best performance so far. After that, we got ourselves into trouble. We're pulling the positives out of the game - we played a really good game."

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was disappointed with the reaction from his team-mates to Forsberg’s leveller.

"The 1-1 has thrown us back a little because we were so clearly superior," Neuer said. "We did not recover from it well. We have to take the good points and analyse the bad things carefully."

Forsberg said nobody at Leipzig was getting carried away with their impressive start to the season.

"We are still developing," he said. "But to be the league leaders after four matchdays is very nice. The first half we ran a lot, but had little possession. Bayern have played very strong again. In the second half we were much better and got our game on the pitch as well."

What's next?

Bayern hosts Red Star Belgrade in its first Champions League outing of the season on Wednesday, a day after RB Leipzig faces Benfica in the same competition. 

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