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James Rodriguez inspires Bayern Munich to defeat of Leverkusen

Published on: 12 January 2018

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Bayern Munich ran out 3-1 winners against Bayer Leverkusen in Friday night Bundesliga action at the BayArena.

Javi Martinez bundled home from close range after a corner kick fell to him at the back post to give the visitors a lead at half-time.

And Franck Ribery had Bayern two up just before the hour mark, settling a long ball on the left flank from James Rodriguez, cutting in to his right and beating Bernd Leno at the near post to make it 2-0.

The goals were the first of the season in the league for both Martinez and Ribery.

A fortuitous deflection with 20 minutes to go had the hosts back in the match though, as Kevin Volland's shot hit Niklas Sule and wrong-footed Sven Ulreich to get Bayer back in the match at 2-1.

However, James put matters to rest with a stellar free kick from just outside the area in stoppage time, curling a left-footed shot around the wall and into the goal.

The win extends Bayern's lead atop the Bundesliga table to 14 points over Schalke ahead of the weekend, with the second-placed side facing an away match against RB Leipzig.

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