By Mac Izu Nelson
When Rasen Ballsport Leipzig raced to the top of the Bundesliga table, it got tongues wagging.
Because till this season, the Bundesliga title was the annual feast, paid for and reserved by the Bavarians, Bayern Munich.
Of course there were those spurt inducing seasons between 2010 and 2013, where Diè Borussièn was almost worthy competition but a failed Champions league campaign, and the fact that Borussia Dortmund’s best players kept departing for the richer Bavarians, put their hopes of permanently displacing Bayern Munich to bed.
Newly promoted RB Leipzig burst into the Bundesliga scene like that silent new kid in class who has all the swagger, just because he’s mysterious and his clothes are new.
Prior to Wednesday’s match against Bayern Munich, RB Leipzigl had lost just once in the last ten games. Leipzig was separated from Bayern Munich by just goal difference, and given the faltering nature of Bayern’s performances so far, few would have been forgiven for thinking RB were going to make a miracle of things…a miracle of Leicester proportions.
Under the tutelage of Ralph Hassenhűttl, Leipzig grew from being a mere murmuring breeze to a proper raging hurricane.
They were ruthless, as they were efficient, irascibly so.
All of that fiery stubbornness was smote on Wednesday, when champions Bayern Munich, took the hose to Leipzig.
Headlines on Wednesday made a great deal of noise concerning the fact that Carlo Ancelloti had left striker, Thomas Muller on the bench.
But after the footballing masterclass that was served up by Bayern Munich in the first thirty minutes of the encounter, those queries were well doused.
In the early moments of the match, RB Leipzig had struggled to match Bayern’s intensity and verve and in the seventeenth minute of the encounter, they paid for their arrant cavorting.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben waltzed passed a couple of challenges before sending an accurate through ball to the ever efficient Philip Lahm who teed up Thiago for the first goal.
The second goal was more of the same…more football poetry.
Leipzig defensive midfielder Keita was harried and hassled by the pressing Bayern midfielders and he, vacuously, made the hasty decision of laying a back pass to the goalkeeper when he should have put the ball out of play.
It proved a costly mistake.
Lewandowski intercepted the poor pass and found Thiago, who laid it on to Xabi Alonso. Alonso produced a first time shot off the inside of his right foot to give Bayern the well deserved cushion.
The Bayern Munich home support grew frenzied!
The third goal was a penalty, after Brazilian winger Douglas Costa was fouled by the Leipzig goalkeeper. Lewandowski took the spot kick with all the confidence of a man adding another goal to his already impressive haul this season.
The match ended 3-0, in Bayern Munich’s favour. It meant that Bayern had won their fifth consecutive game.