Football: Bayern without Hummels, Lewandowski at Leverkusen

Bayern down Leverkusen 3-1 as Bundesliga restarts

Bayern down Leverkusen 3-1 as Bundesliga restarts

He made the last of four senior appearances for Bayern when he came off the bench for Franck Ribery in the closing seconds of the 1-1 draw with Hamburg on 2 September, 2007.

The entertaining first half was initially end-to-end, with the two sides having fairly equal shares of the ball, but Bayern gradually gained control and identified Leverkusen's main weaknesses; their susceptibility at set-pieces and Karim Bellarabi's reluctance to track back.

Wagner, who left Hoffenheim last month, first joined Bayern as an eight-year-old, and worked his way through the youth academy to the first team.

Rudi Voller accepts Bayer Leverkusen will struggle to keep hold of Leon Bailey if he continues progressing and believes only Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga have the power to retain star players as long as they want. Bayern have allowed 11 goals, the fewest goals in the Bundesliga, seven goals fewer than the next best club Frankfurt.

Just when the hosts were on the front foot, Bayern doubled the scores out of the blue as Rodriguez passed into the path of Franck Ribery, who had all time and space to place the ball into the bottom near corner in the 59th minute. Manuel Neuer (metatarsal), Thiago Alcantara (muscle), Christian Fruchtl (ankle), Marco Friedl (wound), Mats Hummels (ill) and Robert Lewandowski are unlikely to be available for selection against Bayer Leverkusen this Friday. "In Leverkusen the game is always difficult". "No one is thinking about the lead in the standings", Wagner said. But Martinez pounced to open the scoring for Bayern off the rebound after Sven Bender had blocked Arturo Vidal's header from a corner.

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Ribery then made sure of the three points on 59 minutes in emphatic style.

However, the goal sparked Leverkusen into life. The 20-year-old has scored six goals and assisted on four others.

Bayern ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Leverkusen when the teams last met in Munich in August, but Heynckes' side last won away at Leverkusen in 2013.

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