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Arminia Bielefeld v Bayern München Live Commentary, 4/17/22

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J. Laursen (10 og)
S. Gnabry (45+7)
J. Musiala (85)
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Thanks for joining us for live coverage of Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga.
Defeat for the hosts means they remain in real trouble at the bottom of the Bundesliga, staying in 17th place and three points off safety. They travel to Koln next as they desperately try to pick up the points that would steer them away from relegation. The three points for Nagelsmann's men extends their lead at the top to nine points, and means that they can secure the title with a home victory over their nearest challengers Dortmund in their next match.
The referee blows the final whistle, and the visitors have run out 3-0 winners. It was a comfortable victory in truth, and they could have scored more than the three goals they did. They were set on their way early on after Lewandowski got on the end of a Davies cross. Lewandowski nudged towards goal before the ball went in off Laursen. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, however a VAR check awarded the goal. The hosts thought they were level on the verge of half-time when Okugawa dinked the ball over Neuer into the back of the net. However, the flag went up straight away as the Japanese midfielder was offside from Pieper's long ball. The Bayern lead was doubled in first-half added time, when Gnabry fired home from a Kimmich through ball. The goal was again flagged offside, only for the VAR official to overturn the linesman's decision. Musiala finished the game off with six minutes remaining, when Kimmich and Lewandowski combined before the Pole crossed for Musiala to finish and ensure that the game finished 3-0.
90' + 1' FULL-TIME: ARMINIA BIELEFELD 0-3 BAYERN MUNICH
G. Vidović
S. Gnabry
Bayern München
89' Vidovic comes on for Gnabry.
E. Choupo-Moting
R. Lewandowski
Bayern München
89' Lewandowski comes off for Choupo-Moting.
88' There looks to be danger for the visitors as Castro charges towards goal, but his effort after he cuts back is poor and easily blocked.
86' Surely that is game over now, both for Arminia Bielefeld as well as Dortmund, who's title hopes are now surely over.
R. Lewandowski
Assist
Bayern München
85' Lewandowski's pass to Musiala was perfectly weighted for Musiala to finish.
J. Musiala
Goal
Bayern München
85' Musiala makes it 3-0! Kimmich sets Lewandowski away down the left, before the Polish striker slides the ball across the face of goal. Musiala is there to meet it, and taps it into the back of the net to surely kill the game off.
83' Ramos launches a long throw into the Bayern box, but the defenders are able to head clear.
81' Davies cuts in and smashes a right-footed effort towards the top right corner, but it just evades the post.
78' Goretzka shoots from outside the box, but his effort is comfortably blocked and then cleared upfield.
76' Ortega makes a good stop to tip a Musiala shot wide after Gnabry picked him out.
G. Castro
A. Schöpf
Arminia Bielefeld
74' Castro comes on for Schopf.
R. Hack
J. Serra
Arminia Bielefeld
74' Serra comes off for Hack.
72' Gnabry wins a free-kick after Prietl brings him down, but the visitors can't create anything from it.
69' Musiala lets fly at goal but his tame effort is straight at Ortega.
67' The hosts have looked a little more threatening in recent minutes, but are running out of time if they want to get anything from this match.
J. Kimmich
Yellow Card
Bayern München
65' Kimmich goes in the book for a foul on Prietl.
L. Sané
M. Sabitzer
Bayern München
61' Sane comes on for Sabitzer.
J. Musiala
T. Müller
Bayern München
61' Muller makes way for Musiala.
58' The visitors have now scored in their last 77 Bundesliga matches.
55' This game is between the highest scorers and the lowest scorers in the division, with Bayern scoring 88 goals now compared to Arminia Bielefeld's 23.
52' Goretzka sloppily gives the ball away in midfield but the hosts aren't able to capitalise as a loose pass kills the momentum of the attack.
50' The visitors are undefeated in seven Bundesliga games for the first time under Nagelsmann.
48' The hosts have only picked up one point in their eight Bundesliga games against Arminia Bielefeld.
46' The hosts get us back underway for the second period.
J. Stanišić
T. Nianzou
Bayern München
46' Kouassi makes way for Stanisic at the break.
Kramer will have to change something at half-time, as his side are desperate for the points. It's a long way back from here against the Bundesliga champions, but can his side produce any magic?
The game goes to the break with the scoreline 2-0 to the visitors. They have been dominant in the first period, and will be frustrated that they are going into the interval with only a two goal advantage. It was the hosts who went close first though, as Wimmer dispossessed Davies before lashing a left-footed shot into the side netting. The Austrian wide-man was nearly made to pay for that miss immediately, but Ortega made an unbelievable save to tip a Lewandowski header onto the crossbar after Gnabry had picked him out. The Polish striker again thought he had put his side in the lead after ten minutes, when he bundled a Davies cross home via the leg of a defender. The referee initially ruled the goal out for offside, but a lengthy VAR check determined that the goal should stand. Nagelsmann’s team continued to dominate possession and have most of the chances, but thought they had been pegged back on the stroke of half-time when Okugawa dinked the ball over Neuer and into the back of the net from Pieper’s long ball. The linesman’s flag went up immediately though, and the visitors were able to grab a second goal before the break when Gnabry got on the end of a Kimmich lofted through ball, before arrowing the ball into the bottom corner. The flag went up for offside once more, but another VAR check showed that the former Arsenal man was indeed onside and the goal was given to give Bayern a 2-0 lead going into half-time.
45' + 8' HALF-TIME: ARMINIA BIELEFELD 0-2 BAYERN MUNICH
45' + 7' Bayern think they have scored again, as Gnabry places a volley home from a Kimmich diagonal ball. However, the flag goes up for offside. This will again be checked by VAR though.
S. Gnabry
Goal
Bayern München
45' + 7' The goal is given! After another VAR check, Gnabry is ruled to be onside and the visitors do indeed lead 2-0.
J. Kimmich
Assist
Bayern München
45' + 7' Assist Joshua Walter Kimmich
45' + 6' Okugawa blazes wide as he shoots from a tight angle. It was tricky for him to be fair, as the ball came to him over his left shoulder and was running away for a goal-kick, giving him no time to take a touch.
S. Vasiliadis
F. Kunze
Arminia Bielefeld
45' + 4' Kunze is unable to continue after Kouassi's foul on him, and Vasiliadis comes on in his place.
45' + 2' Kunze looks in real pain here, as the stretcher comes onto the field.
T. Nianzou
Yellow Card
Bayern München
45' Kouassi goes in the book after a poor aerial challenge on Kunze.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be six minutes of additional time at the end of this first-half.
44' Kramer's men think they are level after Okugawa latches onto a long through ball from Pieper. The Japanese midfielder pokes the ball over Neuer and into the back of the net, but the flag goes up and Bayern can breathe a sigh of relief.
42' Gnabry bears down on goal and has options to his left and right, but takes a poor touch and Nilsson is able to intercept it.
41' Lewandowski nods a cross back to Sabitzer, but the Austrian can't get his header on target as it flies over.
G. Bello
J. Laursen
Arminia Bielefeld
39' Laursen is forced off through that injury, and is replaced by Bello.
38' Laursen pulls up after making a clearance, and is down in pain.
36' Ortega charges out of his goal to smother a Sabitzer shot at the far post, after Kouassi had flicked a cross on to his teammate.
34' Prietl makes an important header in his own penalty area to nod a Davies cross behind for a corner, before any of the Canadian's teammates could reach it.
32' Lewandowski tries an ambitious volley from 35 yards out, but slices it and the ball flies wide for a goal-kick.
31' Nagelsmann's side have had over 80% of the possession so far in this match.
29' Gnabry weaves into the box but takes a poor touch at just the wrong time, as Laursen is able to nip in and hack the ball away from danger.
27' A Goretzka cross sees three visiting players slide to reach it, but all of them miss it as the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
F. Kunze
Yellow Card
Arminia Bielefeld
25' Kunze makes a very late sliding challenge on Kouassi, and receives the first yellow card of the game. He is lucky he didn't catch the centre-back properly there as his leg was very high, and could've caused Kouassi a serious injury.
24' A Wimmer corner looks really threatening, but somehow misses everybody and skims away at the back post for a goal-kick.
23' Ramos is going to try and play on, as he makes his way back onto the pitch.
21' Ramos is up but looks in pain, and Kramer may be forced into a change here.
19' Ramos is down requiring treatment after a collision in midfield.
17' Ortega makes a big stop to keep the score at 1-0, as Davies continues to threaten down the left for Bayern. The wide man's cross eventually ends up with Lewandowski in the middle, but Ortega is able to push the striker's shot away from danger.
15' The hosts are nearly level! A corner is headed out but only to Okugawa on the edge of the area. The winger is sliding but is able to get a half-volley away at goal, but his shot just rises too much and skims over the crossbar.
13' Davies claims for a penalty after the ball appears to flick off Ramos' arm, but nothing is given and the game continues.
J. Laursen
Own Goal
Arminia Bielefeld
10' The goal is given! The visitors are indeed in front, as Lewandowski is able to reach a Davies cross. His effort deflects off Laursen and goes in, to put his side 1-0 up.
10' The visitors again think they are in front as the ball is in the net once more. Lewandowski was lurking in the box from a Davies pull-back, but the ball appears to come off Laursen after the striker touches it to go in. The flag goes up for offside, but this will be checked by VAR.
8' How has that not gone in!? The visitors think they are in front, as Lewandowski nods a Gnabry cross down at goal. Ortega charges across his goal-line and is somehow able to tip it up and onto the crossbar. Lewandowski and his teammates look ready to celebrate, but the referee waves play on.
7' Close for the hosts! Wimmer is able to dispossess Davies in a forward area and cuts onto his left foot. He lets fly towards the bottom right corner, but sees his shot nestle into the side netting as Neuer scrambled across. That's the closest either side have come so far.
5' Wimmer looks to charge forward on the counter, but goes tumbling to the floor as he reaches the opposing penalty area. The referee sees nothing wrong with Upamecano's challenge, and awards a goal-kick.
3' As you would expect, the reigning champions are having most of the early possession as they look to find a way through the hosts' defence.
1' The visitors kick us off and we are underway. In a game that has huge implications at both ends of the table, who will make the better start?
The two teams make their way onto the pitch ahead of kick-off.
Visiting boss Julian Nagelsmann also goes with four alterations from his side’s last match, switching to a four-at-the-back formation. Kouassi and Davies come into the team to replace Coman and Lucas Hernandez, while Sabitzer and Gnabry are preferred on the wings over Sane and Musiala.
Home head coach Frank Kramer makes four changes from the 4-0 hammering by Wolfsburg as Ramos and Laursen replace Brunner and Andrade at the full-back positions, while Kunze and Okugawa also come in for Kruger and Hack.
SUBS: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Jamal Musiala, Omar Richards, Marc Roca, Leroy Sane, Josip Stanisic, Malik Tillman, Sven Ulreich, Gabriel Vidovic.
BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Tanguy Kouassi, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Marcel Sabitzer; Robert Lewandowski.
SUBS: Stefanos Kapino, Gonzalo Castro, Nathan De Medina, Burak Ince, Robin Hack, George Bello, Andres Andrade, Vladislav Cherny, Sebastian Vasiliadis.
ARMINIA BIELEFELD (4-2-3-1): Stefan Ortega Moreno; Guilherme Ramos, Amos Pieper, Joakim Nilsson, Jacob Laursen; Fabian Kunze, Manuel Prietl; Patrick Wimmer, Alessandro Schopf, Masaya Okugawa; Janni Serra.
The visitors meanwhile hold a six point lead at the top of the table, while also having a game in hand on second-placed Dortmund. They are looking to bounce back from midweek Champions League heartbreak, when they conceded an 88th minute goal against Villarreal to lose the tie 2-1 on aggregate in their quarter-final.
The hosts come into this game desperate for points as they currently sit 17th in the league, three points off safety. They are also on a terrible run of form, having lost five of their last six matches. They are a side that has been really lacking in goals of late, only scoring one goal in their last six games.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Bundesliga clash between Arminia Bielefeld and Bayern Munich.