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Goretzka Gets 8.5, Muller With 7.5 | Bayern Munich Players Rated In Win Vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich travelled to the BayArena to face off against Bayer 04 Leverkusen earlier today hoping to pick up another victory on the road. The Munich giants made a sloppy start to the game when Lucas Alario scored the opening goal for Leverkusen in the 9th minute via a tidy finish from close range.

However, the away side came up with a response of their own after Kingsley Coman found the back of the net with a clinical finish in the 27th minute. Leon Goretzka gave Bayern the lead just three minutes before half-time when he scored with a powerful left-footed strike. Serge Gnabry put some daylight between the two teams via his chipped finish in the first-half stoppage time.

Robert Lewandowski also got in on the goal-scoring act when he made the points secure in the 66th minute. Florian Wirtz got a goal back for Leverkusen in the dying embers of the game. However, the match ended with the Bavarian outfit coming away with a dominant 4-2 victory from North Rhine-Westphalia.

Bayern Munich player ratings against Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Let’s take a look at how each Bayern Munich player fared during the contest versus Leverkusen.

GK: Manuel Neuer – 5/10

The German keeper could have done better to react quickly in the lead-up to Bayer’s first goal. However, he was well-beaten right at the death when Wirtz deceived him with a superb curling effort.

RB: Benjamin Pavard – 5/10

Leon Bailey gave him a lot of problems in the first half. Moussa Diaby also got the better of him plenty of times in the second. The Frenchman had a tough day out at the BayArena, so he will be hoping to put in far better showings in the coming weeks.

CB: Jerome Boateng – 6/10

The German centre-back made some vital last-gasp challenges during the game and did well to keep Alario quiet after his early goal.

CB: David Alaba – 5/10

He was at fault in the lead-up to Leverkusen’s opener and was caught out of position quite a few times during the 90 minutes. However, Alaba was a threat going forward as he created a couple of decent opportunities for his teammates in the opposition half.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski in action against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the photo
Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (C) vies for the ball with Leverkusen’s Burkinabe defender Edmond Tapsoba (R) during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Munich on June 6, 2020 in Leverkusen, western Germany. (Photo by MATTHIAS HANGST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Alphonso Davies – 7/10

The Canadian youngster was full of energy and running down the left flank. Davies pulled off a great block to deny Alario early in the second half and was a constant menace going forward.

CM: Joshua Kimmich – 7/10

The Bayern midfielder retained possession quite well at the centre of the park and was the orchestrator behind Gnabry’s goal when he set his teammate up with an excellent long pass. Overall, it was a good day’s work from him today.

CM: Leon Goretzka – 8.5/10

Goretzka was always willing to press the opposition high up the pitch and scored another good goal with his left-footed strike just before half-time. He was also responsible for making some crunching tackles in midfield which highlighted his influence at both ends of the field.

RM: Kingsley Coman – 7.5/10

He kept his composure to net the equaliser with a clinical effort which calmed some nerves for the visiting team. Coman also played his part in the wonderful build-up play ahead of Goretzka’s goal in the 42nd minute.

CAM: Thomas Müller – 7.5/10

The German squandered a couple of decent chances to score, but he did pick up two assists on his way to another industrious performance for the Bavarian outfit.

LM: Serge Gnabry – 6.5/10

The former Arsenal winger struggled to get himself going early in the game but came alive towards the latter stages of the first half. He was guilty of squandering a great chance but made up for his miss just moments later when he scored with a chipped effort just before the half-time break.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 6.5/10

The Polish striker was uncharacteristically quiet during the game but still ended up scoring a goal via his excellent header in the second half.

Substitutes:

LM: Ivan Perisic – 6/10

The Croatian winger provided some fresh energy and intelligent running in the final quarter of the game.

CM: Javi Martinez – 6.5/10

He added some stability to the Bayern midfield and did enough to see out the win.

CM: Thiago Alcantara – 7/10

The Spaniard showed some flashes of his brilliance with a beautiful cameo off the bench.

LB: Lucas Hernandez – N/A

He did not have enough time to make an impact.

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