Mane ends scoring drought as Bayern crush Leverkusen

AP , Friday 30 Sep 2022

Sadio Mane was on target as Bayern Munich ended its four-game winless run by beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 as the Bundesliga returned from the international break on Friday.

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Bayern s Sadio Mane celebrates with teammates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Sept. 30, 2022 (AP)


The 19-year-old Jamal Musiala was involved in all three of the first-half goals. And this time - in contrast to the 1-0 defeat in Augsburg or the three preceding draws - fortune was smiling on Bayern. Every score was helped on its way by a slight deflection - or a gift from the opposition.

The 10-time defending champion wasted little time in answering its first loss of the season in Augsburg as Musiala skipped down the right wing and crossed for Leroy Sane to open the scoring in the third minute.

Thomas Muller set up Musiala to score in the 17th, and Musiala was involved again when he set up Sadio Mane to end his six-game scoring drought in the 39th. It was Mane's first goal in Munich for his new team.

Mane thought he'd scored again early in the second half, but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check for an apparent foul by Matthijs de Ligt on Odilon Kossounou in the buildup.

Bayern's players kept playing while the Leverkusen defender was lying on the ground after a clash of heads with de Ligt and Musiala again provided the final pass. Referee Tobias Stieler checked replays while Kossounou received treatment and consequently penalized de Ligt for a foul.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer denied Amine Adli in the visitors' only real chance, while his counterpart Lukas Hradecký ended an evening to forget by gifting Muller Bayern's fourth goal in the 84th. Hradecký wanted to play the ball out but slipped and inadvertently provided the assist for Muller, whose celebrations were muted by embarrassment.

Bayern moved two points behind league leader Union Berlin, which visits Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

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