Bayern Munich did not go from a draw to a goal against Werder Bremen in a game in which they had great difficulties to generate clear arrivals and in which they ended the first half being behind on the scoreboard.
Bayern came out with four changes from the last Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund. Injuries to Joshua Kimmich, who had a right meniscus operation, and Frenchman Corentin Tolisso, with muscular problems, gave way to Spanish Javi Martínez, who started the game as the sole defensive midfielder.
Leon Goretzka, one of the victims of the humiliation of Germany against Spain in Seville, remained on the bench but then had to enter due to the injury of the Frenchman Lucas Hernández who, in addition, forced Javi Martínez to play central since the Austrian David Alaba will move from the center of the defense to the position of the left back
Ahead, coach Hansi Flick gave Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry a break and opted for Frenchman Kingsley Coman and Brazilian Douglas Costa. In the center of the offensive field, Jamal Musiala -in his debut as a starter- accompanied Thomas Müller.
Bayern had the ball from the start but also had trouble arriving clearly. And Bremen’s counterattacks were dangerous, as seen on the first warning, in the 16th minute, when Manuel Neuer had to react with two consecutive stops to shots from the American Josh Sargent and the Swede Ludwig Augustinsson.
Shortly before the break, Bremen surprised Bayern with a side kick. Sargent beat Javi Martínez’s back, reached the baseline and threw a cross for Maximilian Eggenstein that opened the scoring with a right-footed shot inside the area.
Despite Bayern’s territorial dominance, Bremen’s goal was within the logic of the game.
Things were even on the verge of getting worse early in the second half when, in the 47th minute, Jerome Boateng avoided Milosz Rashica’s shot in the box on a counterattack.
The first clear chance for Bayern came in minute 52, with a shot off the crossbar by Costa from outside the area.
Bremen were locked behind and Bayern could not find spaces to combine but the tie came, in 62, with a header from Coman taking advantage of a diagonal pass to the area launched by Goretzka
Then Bayern wanted to turn to the attack in search of victory. Gnbary, Sané and Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting entered through Coman, Costa and Musiala. With this, adding Robert Lewandowski, Bayern ended up playing with four forwards but still did not find the way.
The only clear chance for Bayern in the rest of the game was for Choupo Moting, who shot over the top inside the small area in the 84th center from Sané. On the visiting side, Sargent had two occasions in 83 and 87, but Neuer reacted correctly.
Bayern, despite the draw, remains leading, waiting for what RB Leipzig does, who would have to win by a landslide against Eintracht to snatch first place.
Bayer Leverkusen provisionally ascended to second place with a 1-2 away win against Arminia Bielefeleld with goals from Jamaica’s Leon Baley and Austrian Aleksandar Dragovic, the latter two minutes from the end to break the game.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid’s rival in the Champions League, also lost a 1-1 draw against Augsburg, with a lone goal by Florian Neuhaus, while Stuttgart and Hoffenheim drew 3-3 with a target in the visitor’s extension Marc-Oliver Kempf and Schalke continued without shaking the crisis when they fell to Wolfsburg 0-2, who sentenced the crash in the opening section.