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Football Whispers
 By Mark Lovell

Arjen Robben's glorious strike caps crazy Bayern Munich comeback

Arjen Robben's strike in stoppage time finished off Bayern Munich's miraculous comeback from 4-2 down.

Well, that escalated quickly. Trailing 4-2 with only six minutes remaining, Arjen Robben's fantastic solo goal crowned a superb last-ditch fightback for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, winning a breathtaking nine-goal thriller 5-4 against nearest challengers Leipzig.

Marcel Sabitzer headed Leipzig in front after only 65 seconds following a brilliantly executed counter attack. Top scorer Robert Lewandowski calmly restored parity from the spot on 17 minutes, before Leipzig regained the lead through a penalty of their own from Timo Werner.

Yussuf Poulsen's deflected shot put the home side 3-1 up two minutes after the restart, before Thiago reduced the arrears on the hour mark with a close range header. The impressive Werner restored Leipzig's two-goal advantage five minutes later, seemingly putting the result beyond doubt.

However, just when all hope seemed lost, Lewandowski nodded home his 30th Bundesliga goal of the season on 84 minutes before David Alaba drew Bayern level with a sublime free-kick in the first minute of added time.

And, with time running out, Robben embarked on a mesmerising solo run from the halfway line, proceeding to waltz his way through the Leipzig defence before slotting home a trademark left-foot finish to crown an amazing Bayern fightback with virtually the last kick of the game.

Wow. Wowzers.

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What. A. Comeback. From a seemingly hopeless position, the five-peat Bundesliga champions showed the pesky upstarts from the East who the real daddy in German football is with a stunning last-gasp turnaround. It's the hallmark of champions, you know.


Bayern's defence looked like they were on the beach, a view echoed by skipper Philipp Lahm immediately after the final whistle. "You could see we were already on our summer holiday," Lahm said, bemoaning Bayern's ropy defending, letting in three -- and then four -- goals for the first time this season in the Bundesliga. Jerome Boateng, in particular, looked a shadow of his former self at the heart of the Bayern backline.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Carlo Ancelotti had promised a "Fussballfest" and the Italian maestro delivered -- bailed out of trouble by his side's unquenchable thirst for success. On the other hand, Bayern just hate losing.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Tom Starke, 7 -- Conceded his very first goals in the Bundesliga away from home in his seventh outing, but Starke prevented Bayern from falling further behind with fine saves against Bernardo and Sabitzer in the first half. Werner nutmegged him Brad Guzan-style for the 4-2, but that is already forgotten following the extraordinary climax.

DF Juan Bernat, 5 -- An integral part of a careless backline throughout. The Spaniard should have done better in the 25th minute, but could only produce a tame finish straight at Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

DF David Alaba, 7 -- Already a six-time Bundesliga winner at the ripe old age of 24, the Austrian endured a nervy afternoon in central defence but collects a bonus extra two points for his sweet free-kick equaliser. Six of his 16 Bundesliga goals have come from direct free-kicks -- it's a truly damaging weapon.

DF Jerome Boateng, 5 -- Just his fourth league start of 2017 in an injury-hit season, but with Javi Martinez missing with a broken collarbone and Mats Hummels "tired," Ancelotti had few options. Regularly caught in possession with some untypically wayward passing, Boateng never looked comfortable against the raw pace of Werner. With Bayern losing 4-2, he showed his frustration with a rude foul on sub David Selke.

DF Philipp Lahm, 6 -- Just another routine day at the office -- no, wait. Lahm was hurried into rare mistakes in his penultimate game, gifting Werner the 4-2 goal with a heavy touch in the box, for example. Lahm was always a threat going forward though, delivering a series of penetrating crosses, including one for the penalty equaliser.

Robert Lewandowski's two goals set the stage for Bayern's late heroics.

MF Xabi Alonso, 5 -- Gave away the penalty for a trip on the brilliant Swede, Emil Forsberg, and diverted Poulsen's shot past a helpless Starke. Short of puff and left for pace on many an occasion, Alonso looked ready for those lovely beaches back in Spain. Walking the red-card tightrope, he was removed from the fray just after the hour with Bayern chasing a foothold in the game.

MF Joshua Kimmich, 6 -- The former Leipzig loanee didn't have the impact he would have desired against his former side. Hooked off for Thomas Muller just after Werner's second, which looked to have put the game to bed.

MF Thiago, 7 -- Buoyed by the recent birth of a baby boy, Thiago gave Bayern a fighting chance with a tidy header and came to prominence in the final minutes following Arturo Vidal's entry.

MF Franck Ribery, 5 -- Ribery's day began sloppily with moments of poor control and continued with errant passing and persistently running into trouble. Moments after shoving Naby Keita in frustration, Ribery added insult to his rib injury when carried off the pitch by two Bayern medics just before the break.

MF Arjen Robben, 9 -- After joining his Dutch idol Johann Cruyff at 10 league titles last month, Robben typified Bayern's never-say-die attitude, capping an amazing turnaround with a mazy run and finish to win one of the most memorable games in Bundesliga history. Robben never stopped running nor believing and was duly rewarded with a hug and a kiss from his elated boss Ancelotti at the end.

FW Robert Lewandowski, 8 -- Bayern's top scorer calmly equalised from the spot for the 150th Bundesliga goal of his career before nodding home a Robben shot which rebounded off the crossbar -- the seventh goal of nine on a crazy afternoon in Eastern Germany and his 51st strike in 52 games in a prolific season for club and country. He might have added a couple more, but shot wide when clean through and was also denied by the post in a game of intense drama.


MF Douglas Costa, 5 -- The disgruntled Brazilian replaced Ribery on the left wing but was only a slight upgrade from the Frenchman. With a transfer mooted, Saturday could prove his last-ever away game in the Bundesliga.

MF Arturo Vidal, 7 - Overrun at times by a feverish Leipzig midfield, Bayern needed Vidal's presence on the pitch earlier. After replacing Alonso, Vidal marked his entrance with a foul and an inevitable yellow card within 120 seconds of his introduction. However, the combative Chilean was always to the fore as Bayern bounced back with dramatic effect late on.

MF Thomas Muller, 6 -- Gave Lewandowski vital support after coming on for Kimmich but headed straight at Gulacsi with the goal at his mercy -- immediately before Robben ran rampant.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.


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