Bayern Munich and Union Berlin played out an uneventful draw on Saturday afternoon, as the Bavarians’ lead at the top of the Bundesliga was cut down to five points.
Goal-scoring opportunities proved very sparse throughout and it took Bayern until the 69th minute to break the deadlock. Thomas Muller poked the ball into the path of Jamal Musiala after a scramble in the box, before the 18-year old produced some wonderful footwork to weave space for himself and slot the ball past Andreas Luthe.
The visitors pressed for an equaliser and eventually got their reward in the 86th minute. Robert Andrich pulled the ball back as Manuel Neuer rushed out to close him down, before Marcus Ingvartsen scuffed his shot into an empty net to earn his side a draw.
The draw sees Bayern’s lead at the Bundesliga summit closed down to five points after RB Leipzig’s win at Werder Bremen. Now, let’s get into some ratings.
Manuel Neuer (GK) – 6/10 – Faced two shots on target – dealt with the first comfortably but couldn’t do anything about the second which rolled into his empty net.
Bouna Sarr (RB) – 6/10 – Got up the pitch very well and linked up with colleagues nicely in advanced areas but couldn’t quite find the final ball to make his efforts count. Left a lot of space in behind when surging forward and was caught out occasionally.
Jerome Boateng (CB) – 7/10 – Provided calmness at the back, spraying the ball out nicely and reading the game well to make three ball recoveries.
Javi Martinez (CB) – 7/10 – Another mature head at the back and was important in maintaining the composure, making a couple of vital interceptions and clearances.
Josip Stanisic (LB) – 6/10 – Did well on his senior debut. Was strong and calm, more often than not finding himself the right side of his man and made five interventions. Might have done better when marking Ingvartsen for the equaliser, though.
Joshua Kimmich (DM) – 6/10 – Was isolated at times and just didn’t have the same freedom without Leon Goretzka by his side. Managed to influence and make two key passes when he got himself forward, but that was too sporadic to make a proper impact.
Tiago Dantas (CM) – 5/10 – Very energetic and tenacious, constantly scurrying around but didn’t really make anything happen. Might have been better sitting deep at times and letting Kimmich venture forward more.
Thomas Muller (CM) – 6/10 – Picked out space all over the field, even spending a few minutes as a right back. Looked tired and slow when he had possession though, and was very sloppy on the ball. One little poke, however, got him the assist for Bayern’s goal.
Jamal Musiala (RW) – 8/10 – Bayern’s biggest threat by a country mile. Incredibly bright throughout and battled hard down the right to surge into the box both on and off the ball. It required a moment of magic from the youngster to open the scoring.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (ST) – 5/10 – Once again linked up well with teammates when he dropped a bit deeper, but those moments were few and far between. Hooked off without making a key pass or having a single shot on target.
Kingsley Coman (LW) – 5/10 – Had a couple of nice touches down the left but had very little of the limelight before coming off with a niggle at half time.
Leroy Sane (LW) – 6/10 – Showed great feet at times and threatened the goal on a couple of occasions, but couldn’t provide the penetrative edge expected of him.
David Alaba (CM) – 6/10 – Injected a lot of energy into the centre of the field but couldn’t quite be clinical when he had the ball.
Benjamin Pavard (CB) – 5/10 – Caught sleeping when Andrich managed to run clean through from a throw in.
Christopher Scott (CM) – 5/10
Tanguy Nianzou (DM) – N/A