RB Leipzig 0-0 Bayern Munich: Bayern made to wait for Bundesliga title – as it happened

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Bayern Munich were held to a draw in Leipzig, as Borussia Dortmund overcame Fortuna Düsseldorf to keep the Bundesliga title race alive

Goretzka goal chalked off as Bundesliga title race goes on

RB Leipzig 0-0 Bayern Munich


At least Bayern Munich may – finally – get the chance to toast a league title on home soil. Leipzig did not roll over in Saxony and Eintracht Frankfurt, who reached the Europa League semi-finals and tasted cup success last season, are unlikely to either. Despite having moved into the Allianz Arena 14 years ago and winning nine league titles since, Bayern are yet to celebrate winning a Bundesliga title in that shiny arena. Next weekend represents an opportunity to do so but, should they slip up, Dortmund could snatch it from their grasp. Had Goretzka’s goal counted, it would already be a case of job done. Bayern were nervy at the back – Niklas Süle was unconvincing and a little rogue in the challenge, twice fortunate to not give away a penalty – and lacked conviction in the final third.


The Bundesliga title race will go down to the final day. Bayern Munich failed to earn victory in Leipzig, though came almightily close after Leon Goretzka had a scissor-kick goal chalked off by VAR for an – extremely marginal – offside. Borussia Dortmund edged out 10-man Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2, meaning they trail Bayern by two points with a game to play. Next weekend Bayern are at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat them in the DFB-Pokal final last year, while Dortmund travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Predict the outcome at your peril. And you thought the Premier League title race was good. All to play for!

Mats Hummels and the Bayern players go to applaud their fans after the final whistle.
Mats Hummels and the Bayern players go to applaud their fans after the final whistle. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters


Full-time: RB Leipzig 0-0 Bayern Munich

That’s it.

90+4 min: And now Dortmund lead 3-1. Can Bayern conjure up a late, title-clinching winner? They have seconds to do so.


90+3 min: Ribery lays off Robben, who shoots left-footed, first time ... but he gets it all wrong. High and wide by the Dutchman.

90+1 min: Ibrahima Konaté tries to be too clever at the back, picking up a ball just outside the Leipzig box, even though it was running back to Gulacsi. In doing so, he invites Thomas Müller to have a go at stealing possession but the Bayern forward is a little overzealous in the challenge and Leipzig earn a free-kick deep inside their own half.

90 min: There will be five added minutes. A reminder that Bayern need a goal to clinch the title. Dortmund are still winning ...


89 min: Emile Smith Rowe, the Arsenal loanee, makes his second appearance in Leipzig shirt, replacing Emil Forsberg with 60 seconds of normal time to run.

88 min: Gulacsi steps to his right, but Lewandowski curls the ball to his left! But it bounces just wide of a post, skimming the woodwork as Leipzig survive. It was a clever, low effort by the Bayern striker.


87 min: Bayern win a free-kick, 20 yards out ... Lewandowski has placed the ball down. Meanwhile Arjen Robben is on for Coman. A brief cameo off the bench for the Dutchman. Can Bayern snatch a winner? Will Robben take the set-piece?


85 min: Konrad Laimer limps away after a challenge. His game is finished, with Nordi Mukiele summoned in his place.

83 min: Huge chance for Bayern! Ribéry almost flicks in a low cross by Thomas Müller to seal a fairytale ending. Just as Lewandowski is lurking, on hand, ready to pounce and hammer in the rebound after an instinctive save by Gulasci, the substitute Haidara nips in to hack the ball away with his first touch, seconds after coming on.


82 min: Leipzig make their first change, as Diego Demme is replaced by Amadou Haidara. Fresh legs for the finale.

81 min: Bayern need a goal to the get the job done today. Dortmund continue to lead Fortuna 2-1 ...

80 min: Rafinha replaces Thiago. Kimmich will slot into midfield.


79 min: Laimer was caught by Hummels on halfway but the referee was having none of it. The Leipzig midfielder did brilliantly, wriggling his way beyond a sea of grey Bayern shirts – admittedly a little fortuitously – before eventually being hauled down. It was a certain foul but Hummels gets away with it.

79 min: Ribéry gets on the ball straight away but Leipzig do well to double up on the winger, with Konaté seeing it out of play.


78 min: Franck Ribéry, 36, replaces Gnabry.


75 min: Halstenberg fires narrowly wide! Werner was free at the back post but the overlapping Leipzig defender tried his luck. His effort did not lack venom but was ultimately off target. And then Poulsen gets under the ball and lashes over.

74 min: Coman is booked for a tired lunge on Forsberg. The Frenchman overran the ball and then stuck a boot in on the Leipzig midfielder. Robert Kovac is having a word with Ribery down on the Bayern bench. Coman must be the most likely to depart.

72 min: Leipzig are growing in confidence, as Werner attempts to steer the ball goalwards first-time. But Bayern have enough bodies in the box to prevent the ball ambling towards goal.

71 min: Thomas Müller tries and fails to pick out Kingsley Coman, his pass is wayward. It brings a shake of the head from Niko Kovac and Robert Lewandowski frowns. It has the feel of one of those days.

69 min: Niklas Süle gets another huge slice of luck. Laimer charges into the box and the German defender makes a mess of nicking the ball away from the Leipzig midfielder, hauling down Laimer in the challenge. Again, nothing doing.

67 min: As things get a little scrappy, Leipzig supporters attempt to ratchet-up the atmosphere. The cup final between these two on 25 May will be a real humdinger if this is anything to go by.

66 min: Niklas Süle appears to get away with one as he cleans out Timo Werner in the box. The referee is unmoved.

64 min: Right on cue, Konaté allows David Alaba to scoot past him and to the byline. Alaba dinks a floated cross into the box, where Thomas Müller is lurking. The forward had snuck in at the front post, ghosting beyond the Leipzig defence but in the end he heads over.


63 min: Coman tries to trick his way past Orban after skating down the right flank – but the Leipzig defender stands firm. He has had a great game at the back, as has Konaté.


61 min: Role-reversal as Werner weighs in on Goretzka. Bayern earn the chance to rebuild. But it is all a little sluggish; that disallowed goal has killed any momentum.


59 min: Goretzka gets the wrong side of Forsberg and nibbles away at the Swede, earning a booking and conceding a foul in the process. Over in Dortmund, Fortuna have missed a penalty, passing up the chance to equalise from 12 yards. That news seems to have filtered through to a rather glum-looking Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

58 min: Poulsen cuts inside on to his right foot and it is all a little predictable, as the ball bumbles its way to Sven Ulreich in the Bayern goal. Leipzig had steamrollered forward, spreading play from right to left but the finish eluded them. Poulsen’s effort lacked conviction.

57 min: A post-VAR lull in Leipzig, as Lewandowski buys another free-kick out of a tussle with Konaté.

53 min: A messy few minutes in Leipzig. A replay shows Lewandowski was about a millimetre offside. It is a very cruel call. It was all going Bayern’s way too, with Goretzka appearing to open the scoring moments after Dortmund were pegged back. But then Goretzka’s goal was ruled out for offside and Thomas Delaney has helped Dortmund re-take the lead. Now then.


51 min: The VAR rules out the goal, because of an offside in the buildup to Goretzka burying home inside the box.

50 min: Well, well, well. Bayern Munich think they have the lead, but Leon Goretzka’s scissor-kick falls foul of a VAR check. His initial shot was not fully cleared, with Konaté then heading Coman’s cross into the path of the Bayern midfielder who hammered it beyond Gulacsi.

Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka kicks the ball to score a goal that was disallowed afterwards through VAR.
Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka lines up a shot ... Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images
Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka kicks the ball to score a goal that was disallowed afterwards
And thwacks it into the net. However it was subsequently chalked off by VAR. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images


48 min: Kingsley Coman strikes the rebound after Alaba’s shot is kept out by Gulacsi! Marcel Sabitzer was guilty of dallying on the ball, losing possession and allowing Alaba to run away with it.

47 min: Ribéry is incensed about something on the Bayern bench, jumping out of his seat as Kimmich’s cross fails to beat the first man. Or maybe he has just heard about Dortmund being pegged back by Fortuna. Either way, Renato Sanches tells him to sit down.


46 min: Leipzig get the second half started.

The teams head back out of the tunnel. Here we go ...

Half-time: RB Leipzig 0-0 Bayern Munich

It is not quite happening for Bayern. Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry have fired blanks but credit to Leipzig, who have defended magnificently. Ibrahima Konaté and Willi Orban have proved tricky customers at the back, no-nonsense when it has mattered most. At the other end, Timo Werner has been lively. With Dortmund ahead against Fortuna, could the title race go down to the final day after all? Bayern still have 45 minutes to change that. The script is written for Robben, or Ribéry (who could win a record-breaking ninth title) to come on and clinch it.


45 min: There will be one added minute.

43 min: Orban, the Leipzig captain, does brilliantly to shepherd the ball out for a goal-kick. Thomas Müller had stormed into the box, it looked as though there would only be one winner but the Hungary defender stood firm. Müller is unhappy with the centre-back but Orban did nothing wrong, standing his ground in the area.

Leipzig’s Willi Orban, front, fights for the ball with Bayern forward Thomas Müller.
Leipzig’s Willi Orban, front, fights for the ball with Bayern forward Thomas Müller. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP


41 min: Ibrahima Konaté rides his luck but nicks the ball away from Gnabry in the box. Meanwhile, Dortmund lead Fortuna Düsseldorf through Christian Pulisic.


39 min: And now Leipzig go close! They break, with Werner played in on the right but the ball was played a little behind him. In the end Hummels gets a crucial touch on Werner’s effort, taking the sting out of the strike and it bobbles towards Ulreich in the Bayern goal. As for that Gnabry chance, he caught it sweetly enough but, given the angle, it was ultimately too easy for Gulacsi to keep out.

38 min: Gnabry volleys at Gulacsi! Picked out at the back post, he thumps at goal after Lewandowski wins the initial header from a corner. It all stemmed from Thomas Müller zooming forward, jetting towards the box. Before that, Kimmich took a whack from a Leipzig defender but the referee was fairly unmoved. It may have been unintentional but Kimmich was struck by a flailing arm.

35 min: Kimmich whips a lovely ball into the box but Ibrahima Konaté again does superbly, nodding the ball away from the grasp of Robert Lewandowski who was ready to steer it home beyond Gulacsi. At 19, Konaté, so assured and calm, looks a real prospect.

34 min: Things are still goalless in Dortmund, which means, as things stand, Bayern will win the league. In effect, Dortmund need to win to stand a chance of preventing Bayern from getting the job done.

32 min: Kingsley Coman wants a foul out on the right flank, but the linesman is having none of it. After riding an early Leipzig storm, Bayern are beginning to turn the screw.


29 min: Gnabry’s influence on this game is growing. Moments after almost finding a breakthrough, he earns a corner.

28 min: Gulacsi and Konate prevent Bayern from opening the scoring! Lewandowski went on a mazy run, weaving his way into the box, wringing Orban inside and out before powering a low, dangerous ball across the six-yard box. There, Gnabry was lurking but the Leipzig goalkeeper got a crucial touch on it to keep things goalless. The ball pinballed between the legs of Gulacsi, who did not know an awful lot about it. When the loose ball ran clear, Konate scooped it to safety.

Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry reacts after being thwarted by Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi.
Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry reacts after being thwarted by Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters


27 min: Klostermann does well to stick to his task, even if he is a little fortunate, to prevent Gnabry from fooling him down the Leipzig right. The Bayern winger was slipped in beautifully, switched on the afterburners and seemed destined to leave the Leipzig defender for dead, but Klostermann found a way to claw at his man.

24 min: Konate stands firm against Lewandowski, as the striker attempts to wriggle clear of the defender after receiving a ball into the channel. Lewandowski appears to have the upper hand but the Leipzig defender does superbly to usher the ball into his possession.

22 min: Hummels gives Poulsen a nudge before heading away a long ball forward. The Leipzig forward is down for a moment and earns a foul.


21 min: Marcel Sabitzer gets to the byline and thumps the ball goalwards but Niklas Süle reads it and prevents the danger from escalating. The Bayern defence have needed to be alert.

19 min: Bayern are living a little dangerously. Konrad Laimer requires a bit of attention, he has some blood dripping from his arm. He came off worse in that clash with Kimmich a few moments ago.

16 min: Another massive block by Hummels! Klostermann does impeccably to keep the ball in on the byline before hooking the ball into the box. He does brilliantly to find Poulsen – but Hummels is equal to it.

Mats Hummels has been a big presence in defence for Bayern in the opening stages.
Mats Hummels has been a big presence in defence for Bayern in the opening stages. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Reuters


15 min: Timo Werner is fed inside the box but, as he attempts to cut inside on to his right foot, he loses momentum and Bayern snuff the ball out. The Leipzig striker is at the heart of everything going forward.

14 min: Laimer ends up on the deck, winded after colliding with Joshua Kimmich, who protests his innocence. It was an innocuous coming together between the pair. Leipzig earn another free-kick, and another opportunity to maintain possession.

13 min: Emil Forsberg delivers a free-kick from deep but his ball into the box is straight down the throat of Sven Ulreich.

12 min: A very lively start in Leipzig.

11 min: Hummels does brilliantly to make life difficult for Youssef Poulsen. Halstenberg raids down the left for Leipzig and shows poise to cut the ball back for his teammate. Poulsen looks to sweep the ball in first time but Hummels puts his body on the line to block. Poulsen, ambitiously, argues his case for a corner.


10 min: Orban collides with Coman, leaving the Frenchman grounded, though he looks as though he will able to run it off.

9 min: Lewandowski shoots wide! The striker was slid through on goal by a gorgeous defence-splitting pass by Thiago. Lewandowski takes a touch but drags painfully wide, though he was offside.

Robert Lewandowski puts his shot wide – luckily for him, he was offside anyway.
Robert Lewandowski puts his shot wide – luckily for him, he was offside anyway. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters


8 min: Strong goalkeeping by Gulacsi to prevent Hummels from getting anything on a high reverse ball into the box.

5 min: Bayern continue to put the feelers out. Werner has been busy for Leipzig, dragging Hummels and Süle across defence.

4 min: Alaba has a go from distance – but it dribbles towards Gulacsi in the Leipzig goal. Alaba played a neat give-and-go with Thomas Müller and was invited to shoot but, when he did, it was something of a daisy-cutter. A decent start by either side.

3 min: Gulacsi punches clear Thiago’s inswinging corner. Leipzig look up for this one. It is not just Bayern intent on getting a result.

2 min: There is a cracking atmosphere. David Alaba needs to be alert down the left to prevent Werner from rolling the ball infield.

1 min: Leipzig try to release Werner in the opening 30 seconds, with the striker racing on to a through ball but Sven Ulreich rushes out of goal to greet him.


Bayern get us under way in Leipzig.

To the, er, Red Bull Arena, where the teams are out. We are just a couple of pre-match formalities away from kick-off.

Emile Smith Rowe’s loan spell at Leipzig has not gone to plan. The 18-year-old has made just one substitute appearance (but could add to that in the next couple of hours). After making a big impression at Arsenal, the teenager moved to the Bundesliga in search of regular game-time. But injuries have hampered his time in Germany. “He’s got a brilliant mixture of good physique, speed and an unbelievably good shooting technique,” said Ralf Rangnick.


Oh, no. Regardless of whether Bayern wrap up a 28th Bundesliga title in a couple of hours’ time, this won’t be the last duel of the season between these teams. Leipzig have emerged from the wilderness to establish themselves as serious contenders to Bayern’s throne – next season there is a belief they could go even closer – and, later this month, they have a chance to beat them to some silverware. They will meet in Berlin in the DFB-Pokal final, a showpiece in which Bayern came unstuck last season, against Eintracht Frankfurt. Victory would equate to Leipzig’s first trophy in the German cup competition – or Bayern’s 18th.


Team news news: Robert Lewandowski shakes off a foot niggle to make the starting XI but the game, as feared, comes too soon for James Rodríguez. Diego Demme and Marcel Sabitzer return for Leipzig, who lineup in the 4-2-2-2 synonymous with Ralf Rangnick’s side. Among the substitutes is Emile Smith Rowe, after a groin injury. Over in Dortmund, Christian Pulisic plays his final home game before joining Chelsea, while Roman Bürki is injured.


Team news!

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Konate, Orban, Halstenberg; Laimer, Demme; Sabitzer, Forsberg; Poulsen, Werner

Subs: Müller, Saracchi, Haidara, Bruma, Smith Rowe, Cunha, Mukiele

Bayern Munich: Ulreich; Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba; Goretzka, Thiago; Coman, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski

Subs: Hoffmann, Boateng, Rafinha, Renato, Robben, Ribéry, Davies

Referee: Manuel Gräfe



Is this the day Bayern Munich seal a seventh successive Bundesliga title? First, a few permutations to unmuddy things: if Bayern beat Leipzig, they will win their 28th title. If Bayern draw and Borussia Dortmund draw with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Bayern win the title. In the event Bayern drop points and Dortmund win, the title race will go to the final day. Everyone happy? There is scope for a knees-up in Bavaria but, despite having moved into the Allianz Arena 14 years ago and winning nine league titles since, they are yet to toast a domestic title in that shiny arena, meaning victory in Saxony would continue that trend. Things look rosy for a Bayern team that last tasted defeat of any kind against Liverpool in March and have lost on the road just once since November. They did, however, lose this fixture last season, with Naby Keïta and Timo Werner on the scoresheet that day. Owing to Leipzig’s extraordinary rise from the depths of German football, Bayern’s only win over them, at their place, came two years ago when David Alaba and Arjen Robben scored stoppage-time goals in a 5-4 victory. Picking up three points is unlikely to be a formality this time either, with Leipzig unbeaten in 14 games and gunning to snatch second place. These days Robben has been reduced to an impact player, along with Franck Ribery, who could win a record-breaking ninth Bundesliga title (one more than Oliver Kahn and Philipp Lahm) if they get the job done. Bayern will be without Manuel Neuer, James Rodríguez and Javi Martínez, while Robert Lewandowski is a doubt.

Kick-off: 2.30pm (BST)


Ben Fisher

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