March 16, 2013
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich
#INSERT type:video subtype:lead caption: END#Bayern Munich gained revenge for a 2-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen by winning the reverse fixture by the same scoreline at the BayArena.
Mario Gomez put Jupp Heynckes' side in front, but they needed a rather fortunate own goal from Philipp Wollscheid to win the game late on after Simon Rolfes had brought the hosts level.
The win restores Bayern's 20-point cushion at the top of the table with only eight games of the season left while Leverkusen now trail second-placed Borussia Dortmund by four points and remain six clear of Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke in fourth.
Bayern played with a weakened side as Heynckes gave rests to captain Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic.
Gomez was chosen to lead the attack, and he put Bayern in front in the 37th minute, taking Xherdan Shaqiri's pass down on his chest before beating Sebastian Boenisch and poking the ball past Bernd Leno.
It was a deserved lead for the visitors after Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng had also gone close.
Sidney Sam, whose goal decided affairs at the Allianz Arena, was sent on by Bayer's joint coaches Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski, and he gave the hosts a boost with a shot which tested Manuel Neuer and gave the home team belief.
They drew level in the 75th minute when Rolfes arrived at the far post to head in Gonzalo Castro's corner, which had been nodded on by Boenisch.
It looked like it would be enough to earn Leverkusen a draw, but when Wollscheid unwittingly diverted Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick into his own goal, Bayern's 22nd win of the season was completed, leaving them just four points away from sealing the title.
|Bayer Leverkusen||Bayern Munich|
|1 Bernd Leno||1 Manuel Neuer|
|2 Daniel Schwaab||4 Dante|
|4 Philipp Wollscheid||17 Jerome Boateng|
|17 Sebastian Boenisch||27 David Alaba|
|20 Daniel Carvajal||13 Rafinha|
|3 Stefan Reinartz||31 Bastian Schweinsteiger|
|6 Simon Rolfes||30 Luis Gustavo|
|8 Lars Bender||8 Javi Martínez|
|11 Stefan Kießling||33 Mario Gomez|
|9 Andre Schürrle||11 Xherdan Shaqiri|
|27 Gonzalo Castro||10 Arjen Robben|
|33 Michael Rensing||Tom Starke 22|
|24 Michal Kadlec||Claudio Pizarro 14|
|5 Manuel Friedrich||Daniel van Buyten 5|
|18 Sidney Sam||Anatoliy Tymoschuk 44|
|13 Jens Hegeler||Diego Contento 26|
|14 Hajime Hosogai||Emre Can 36|
|16 Arkadiusz Milik||Pierre Hojbjerg 34|
|Sidney Sam for Andre Schürrle (45)||Claudio Pizarro for Mario Gomez (72)|
|Jens Hegeler for Stefan Reinartz (61)||Daniel van Buyten for Arjen Robben (73)|
|Anatoliy Tymoschuk for Luis Gustavo (79)|
|Daniel Carvajal (5)||Manuel Neuer (90)|
|Gonzalo Castro (54)|
|Daniel Schwaab (90)|
|· Squads: Bayer Leverkusen | Bayern Munich|