Bayern Munich retaliated with an exciting 3-3 Bundesliga draw with Arminia Bielefeld to avoid their first home defeat since November 2019.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s team has just returned from Qatar to win the FIFA World Cup, their sixth trophy in nine months. Ali Bielefeld, who took the playoffs for the relegation, led 2-0 on a breakthrough through Michel Vlap’s posh finish and Amos Pieper’s header from close range, the Bundesliga’s first goal.
The first half was played on heavy snow, and the game was stopped twice to have the ground staff clear the lines.
Time improved in the second half, as did Bayern’s luck, as Robert Lewandowski quickly controlled David Alaba’s cross on his chest and fired a brilliant volley for his 30th goal of the season.
Bielefeld regained a two-goal lead within 55 seconds as Christian Gebauer put Andreas Voglsammer’s center into the empty net.
Leroy Sane spared Bayern blush on delivery from wide-set goals for Corentin Tolisso and Alphons Davies.
Sergio Cordova has seen his effort for Bielefeld excluded from offside, and Bayern’s lead over second-placed RB Leipzig is now five points.
La Liga: Athletic Bilbao easily wins
Athletic Bilbao managed to beat Cadiz 4-0 to advance to the top half of La Liga.
Alex Berenguer fired Bilbao after four minutes, and Unai Lopez soon doubled the lead with a fine free kick.
Berenguer caught up with his second after 29 minutes and Inaki Williams ’seventh goal of the season after a restart.
Serie A: Verona beat Parma
Hellas Verona achieved a return victory 2: 1 over Parma in the Italian Serie A.
Parma took the lead in the eighth minute when Yanna Karamoha was knocked down by goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and Juraj Kucka transferred from the penalty spot.
Verona were quickly equalized when Alberto Grassi broke through an own goal from a shot by Federico Dimarac.
The victory was secured by Antonin Barak’s strike in the 62nd minute, Verona’s 1000th goal in Serie A.