Bayern Munich drew 1-1 against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday in the first game of the 2021/2022 Bundesliga season, in which they had to suffer, especially in the first minutes and in the final part of the second half.
The goals were scored by Alasane Plea, for Gladbach, and Robert Lewandowski, for Bayern. In the end, there is the image of two possible penalties for the local team in the final part that were not awarded.
Bayern came out with an unprecedented defense, somewhat improvised due to the losses of Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernández, and in the first minutes they suffered a lot from the attacks of a Gladbach who began taking the initiative.
In minute 4 Patrick Hermann, with a deflected shot from the edge, had the first clear chance for Gladbach. Already at that time Bayern had shown signs of insecurity behind and a significant event was a spectacular transfer of right-back Josip Stasinici that caused problems for Manuel Neuer.
In 6, Gladbach came close to scoring again when Neuer beat Lars Stindl one-on-one. In the 10th, Neuer had nothing to do with Alasane Plea, who opened the scoring.
The play had originated in a loose ball by Alphonso Davies near the center line to Stefan Lainer. He put in a pass that Stindl extended to the edge of the area for Plea to define.
The advantage was fair and Gladbach had been the best team up to that point, but the goal seemed to wake up Bayern, who began to keep the ball away from their goal and create chances.
On 14 and 26 Lewandowski was close, but met with good reactions from goalkeeper Yann Sommer. In the 27th Leroy Sané finished off wide from a good position. In the 37th, a shot from Stasinic inside the area was diverted to a corner kick by a defender.
Bayern arrived and controlled the game and in the 42nd the tie finally came when Lewandowski scored with a right-footed shot from the center of the small area taking advantage of a corner kick launched by Joshua Kimmich from the right.
In the second half there was a phase in which Bayern clearly continued to be the team that took the initiative with several clear arrivals, including two great occasions, one by Davies in 58 and another by Lewandowski in 60 to which Sommer reacted with excellent stops.
However, in 64, with the entry of Marcus Thuram and Joanas Hoffmann by Plea and Hermann, Gladbach had a new air and began to bring danger to Bayern’s goal.
The first alarm was given by Stindl in 70 with a good shot that Neuer deflected to a corner kick.
Then it was Hannes Wolf who shot from a good position but too central to put Neuer in trouble.
At 75 Thuram, on the edge of the small area, a Lainer cross from the right was lost by millimeters.
To all this were added two area situations in which Gladbach angrily claimed a penalty and which can at least be described as debatable.
On the Bayern side, Julian Nagelsmann reacted by replacing Sané and Serge Gnabry with Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
The last time Bayern had it, at the feet of Kimmich in 94 in the center of Coman, but in the end it did not reach either of them.