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Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich: Title rivals draw as Bundesliga returns

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s opener was his 12th goal of the season, his highest tally in a campaign in his career

Leaders Bayern Munich were held by Leipzig as the Bundesliga returned following a 68-day mid-season break.

Serge Gnabry hit the post and Leon Goretzka had a goal disallowed for an offside in the build-up.

Bayern got the first Bundesliga goal since the World Cup when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting swept in Gnabry’s cross from close range.

But third-placed Leipzig rescued a point when Marcel Halstenberg poked in from Dominik Szoboszlai’s header.

Thomas Muller almost won the game for champions Bayern – who had won their previous 10 games – in injury time, but drove just wide from 20 yards.

They lead Freiburg by five points at the top of the league. Leipzig are one point further behind.

The Bundesliga, which broke up on 13 November, is the last of Europe’s major leagues to return after the World Cup.

Veteran goalkeeper Yann Sommer made his Bayern Munich debut following his £8.3m move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Bayern’s first choice Manuel Neuer is out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg while skiing following Germany’s early World Cup exit.

Line-ups

RB Leipzig

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Blaswich
  • 2SimakanSubstituted forKlostermannat 83′minutes
  • 4Orbán
  • 32Gvardiol
  • 23HalstenbergSubstituted forRaumat 90+1′minutes
  • 27LaimerBooked at 71mins
  • 24SchlagerBooked at 41mins
  • 17Szoboszlai
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forWernerat 67′minutes
  • 7OlmoSubstituted forHaidaraat 82′minutes
  • 19André Silva

Substitutes

  • 8Haidara
  • 9Poulsen
  • 11Werner
  • 13Nyland
  • 16Klostermann
  • 22Raum
  • 37Diallo
  • 39Henrichs
  • 44Kampl

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Sommer
  • 5Pavard
  • 2UpamecanoBooked at 66mins
  • 4de Ligt
  • 19Davies
  • 6Kimmich
  • 8GoretzkaBooked at 52mins
  • 10Sané
  • 42MusialaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forComanat 68′minutes
  • 7GnabrySubstituted forMüllerat 83′minutes
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted forTelat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Coman
  • 14Wanner
  • 18Sabitzer
  • 23Blind
  • 25Müller
  • 26Ulreich
  • 38Gravenberch
  • 39Tel
  • 44Stanisic

Referee:
Daniel Siebert

Attendance:
47,069

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