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Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen come from behind to snatch a victory from Bayern Munich

Fans were not short on the drama at the BayArena for Sunday’s Bundesliga matchup between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich after two penalties granted the home side three points over the Bavarian giants.

Xabi Alonso‘s attacking approach made it very difficult for Bayern from the very start. Leverkusen looked dangerous from the outset, forcing Sommer to make a couple of remarkable saves.

However, the dominance flipped after Kimmich scored the opener for the team from Munich as they enjoyed a spell of comfortable possession and confidence over Leverkusen for the rest of the first half.

The German midfielder put Bayern ahead 22 minutes in with a first-time finish after he was teed up by his fellow compatriot, Leon Goretzka.

After the break, Nagelsmann revamped his team by bringing on Coman, Gnabry and Musiala, but the gamble did not pay off.

Bayer Leverkusen returned to the field with a dose of fresh energy which fired them into the lead after two penalties were converted by Argentinian midfielder Exequiel Palacios.

Bayern’s Jamal Musiala, right, and Leverkusen’s Kerem Demirbay, centerMartin MeissnerAP

Penalty deja vu

Both penalty incidents were reviewed with VAR by the officials.

The first instance saw Bayern defender, Pavard, make contact with Adli by standing on the forward’s heel. Palacios made no mistake from the spot, deceiving Sommer to make it 1-1.

The second penalty controversy involved a challenge from Upamecano which nicked Leverkusen striker, Adli, granting the French defender a yellow card in the process.

After a second trip to the VAR screen, the referee granted another penalty to Bayer LeverkusenPalacios stepped up once more and came out victorious over the Swiss goalkeeper to give Leverkusen the lead, 2-1.

The Bavarian titans go into the international break one point behind Borussia Dortmund with nine games remaining in the Bundesliga.

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