FC Bayern draw against Hertha BSC: Successful only next to the court
It starts again: The football league has begun and thus the predicted narrow championship fight between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. He could actually be exciting. At the season opener against Hertha BSC Bayern played at least handsome, but not as successful as expected.
The result: 2: 2 (1: 2) at home against Hertha - here's the match report. Thus, the Munich start for the first time in eight years not with a victory in the season. By the way, FC Bayern were not German champions for the last time, the title went to BVB.
The first half: Bayern were impressively superior, but made only one goal: After a throw in his own half a displacement, a steep and a cross pass for the 1-0 were enough (24th minute). It was possible for Robert Lewandowski, who claimed the ball before his goal, then had a considerable sprint over half the field. The 2: 0 seemed to be a matter of time, but instead Dodi Lukebakio shot at the back of teammate Vedad Ibisevic from a distance, causing the ball flew past the powerless Manuel Neuer in the net (36). Three minutes later, Hertha had somehow actually shot the game.
Duel of the game: The 39th minute. After a long ball by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, there is a header between Bavaria's Benjamin Pavard and Marko Grujic. Both bump their heads against each other. Pavard keeps face, looks dazed. He slows down, then stops his run.
Grujic continues at first, he runs into the depth (and benefits from Pavard picking up the offside), gets the ball, circling goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, hits, as in autopilot mode. Grujic cheers in the Cristiano Ronaldo memory pose. Then the pain arrives, Grujic grips his face, sinks to his knees, his teammates signal: Doctor, promptly! Pavard like Grujic could continue playing. The fact that Pavard was apparently not examined in detail, but played through the approximately ten minutes to the break, was difficult to understand.
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Half worried, half pleased: Hertha scorer Marko Grujic (below), teammates
The second half: Looked like matches between Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC look ordinary. The Munich had more of the game. Much more. But only the 2: 2 jumped out. Since Lewandowski turned a penalty (rightly decided after VAR use), which he had brought out against Grujic himself. Bayern still had a few chances, but it remained the impression that coach Niko Kovac lacked the opportunity to refill staff. Only in the 85th minute he brought Renato Sanches and Alphonso Davies, two talents. In the absence of Leon Goretzka (injured) and Ivan Perisic (suspended) sat for midfield and attack on the bank nor the names Singh, Will and Wriedt.
Misunderstanding of the game: Apparently lag between Hertha's new coach Ante Covic and his team. Hertha should be more fun under him than last, it was often said. Hertha really did enjoy it, just not his own fans. The idea of starting and defending Bayern at an early age initially went completely awry, because it was not followed by all the players, but only by some. So naively not many teams compete at Bayern. After the 0: 1 changed Covic then system and pressing height, Hertha played more defensive. And much better.
Phantom of the game: Shortly before kick-off, the message made the round, Barcelona's attacker Philippe Coutinho stand briefly a loan to Munich. After the final whistle confirmed sports director Hasan Salihamidzic: The Brazilian is likely to undercut shortly after Bayern, the club has a purchase option. Coutinho would not only be the prominent reinforcement that the Munich look for their offensive. He would be one of the few big names who come to the Bundesliga at the best age. Later that evening, Salihamidzic also confirmed the obligation of Mönchengladbach's Mikaël Cuisance. The Bayern are preparing for the title fight.
Bayern Munich - Hertha BSC 2: 2 (1: 2)
1: 0 Lewandowski (24)
1: 1 Lukebakio (36.)
1: 2 Grujic (39.)
2: 2 Lewandowski (60.)
FC Bayern: New - Kimmich, Süle, Pavard, Alaba - Müller (85th Sanches), Thiago, Tolisso - Gnabry (87th Davies), Lewandowski, Coman
Hertha BSC: Jarstein - Klünter, Stark, Rekik, Central City - Grujic, Darida, Lukebakio (68th Selke), Duda (78th Skjelbred), Leckie - Ibisevic (62nd Esswein)
Yellow cards: Pavard, Müller, Lewandowski / Darida, Grujic, Mittelstädt Referee: Osmers
Spectator: 75,000 (sold out)