Match report: Bayern Munich 3-2 Paderborn

Bayern Munich ensured they will end the weekend top of the Bundesliga with a hard-fought 3-2 victory at home to bottom of the league Paderborn at the Allianz Arena on Friday night.

Hansi Flick’s side were twice pegged back before Robert Lewandowski’s second goal in the 88th minute left too little time on the clock for the minnows to snatch a draw.

Serge Gnabry had given the Bavarians the lead midway through the first half with a fine solo effort, finishing into the bottom corner with his left foot, despite two defenders between him and the goal.

Paderborn were gifted their equaliser in the final minute of the first half. Manuel Neuer was caught in possession of the ball outside his own penalty area, gifting the ball to Dennis Srbeny. The forward still had work to do down the right wing until defenders David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich both slipped, gifting a tap in.

Bayern Munich appeared to be on their way to victory 20 minutes from time when the ball broke kindly to Serge Gnabry down the left wing. The German international was unselfish in cutting the ball back to Robert Lewandowski, who casually slotted the hosts into a 2-1 lead.

However, the defending champions were caught out down their right-hand side when Dennis Jastrzembski was played in. The 20-year-old’s powerful effort was well saved by Neuer, but the ball bounced kindly to Sven Michel to tap home.

Lewandowski poked home the winner three minutes from time following Gnabry’s cross from the left. Bayern Munich now have a four-point lead over RB Leipzig, who travel to Schalke 04 on Saturday.

Bayern Munich travel to London for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie away to English Premier League side Chelsea on Tuesday 25 February.