Palacios Snatches Late Point at Bayern

Palacios Snatches

Palacios Snatches Late Point at Bayern

In a thrilling encounter at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen played out a captivating 2-2 draw in the curtain-raiser of Matchday 4. The game was marked by late drama, incredible saves, and some fantastic goals that left fans on the edge of their seats.

The match kicked off with a moment’s silence to honor the victims of natural disasters in Morocco and Libya, setting a solemn tone before the action began. However, once the referee blew his whistle, the game burst into life with a frenetic pace.

Bayern Munich, the defending champions, started brightly and quickly took the lead in the 7th minute. Harry Kane, who has been in scintillating form, found the back of the net, scoring his fourth goal of the season. Kane’s goal came from a corner that was flicked on at the near post, and he expertly nodded the ball in at the back to open the scoring.

But Bayer Leverkusen, led by former football star Xabi Alonso, weren’t going to be overshadowed. They gradually grew into the game, and in the 24th minute, they found their equalizer in stunning fashion. Alejandro Grimaldo stepped up to take a direct free-kick from 25 yards out, curling the ball over the wall and into the top corner, leaving the Bayern goalkeeper with no chance.

The first half was a breathless affair, with both teams creating numerous chances. Florian Wirtz narrowly missed connecting with a teasing cross from Jonas Hofmann, and Victor Boniface hit the side netting. Bayern’s Thomas Müller also tested Leverkusen’s Lukas Hradecky with a powerful header.

The second half continued in the same vein, with both teams playing with great intensity and determination. Hradecky made a remarkable save with his foot to deny Harry Kane, who was poised to score. Wirtz had a golden opportunity for Leverkusen, executing a brilliant shift of weight before squeezing a shot past Sven Ulreich, only to see it hit the base of the far post.

As the clock ticked down, both teams pushed for a winner, creating a thrilling finale. In the 86th minute, it looked like Bayern had secured all three points when Leon Goretzka swept in Mathys Tel’s cross. However, the drama wasn’t over.

In stoppage time, Exequiel Palacios stepped up for Bayer Leverkusen and converted a penalty after Alphonso Davies had bundled over Hofmann. The penalty secured a dramatic late point for Leverkusen and kept them at the top of the table on goal difference.

The match was filled with fascinating statistics, highlighting the intensity of the encounter. Bayern Munich extended their impressive home scoring streak, having now scored at least one goal in each of their last 59 consecutive Bundesliga home games, with their last goalless draw dating back to February 2020 against RB Leipzig.

Harry Kane’s goal saw him equal a Bayern club record by scoring four goals in his first four games, joining the ranks of legends like Gerd Müller, Miroslav Klose, and Paolo Guerrero. The match also witnessed a historic moment as a Leroy Sane corner led to a Bundesliga goal for the first time ever.

Alejandro Grimaldo’s stunning free-kick marked his maiden Bundesliga goal, and Bayer Leverkusen scored their first goal from a free-kick since November 2022. Leon Goretzka ended a goal drought of 27 competitive games with his late strike.

Overall, the match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen was a true spectacle, showcasing the excitement and unpredictability of Bundesliga football. The draw left fans eagerly anticipating the next set of thrilling encounters in one of Europe’s most entertaining football leagues.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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