Arjen Robben scored a stunner as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory over Bundesliga strugglers Bayer Leverkusen, who were reduced to 10 men late on.Wendell’s fifth-minute penalty put Leverkusen ahead at the Allianz Arena, with referee Tobias Welz having ordered the spot-kick to be retaken after Kevin Volland had missed his initial effort.Bayern quickly equalised through Corentin Tolisso, however, and the hosts took the lead when Robben sensationally volleyed home in the 19th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! James Rodriguez wrapped up the three points a minute from time to maintain Bayern’s winning start, after any hopes of a Leverkusen comeback bad been ended by a red card for substitute Karim Bellarabi.140 – @ArjenRobben scored his 140th goal for @FCBayernEN in all competitions, which makes him the 7th best goal scorer for Bayern equalling Giovane #Elber. Machine. #FCBB04 pic.twitter.com/n6Mb3KGi5Q— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 15, 2018Controversy reigned early on when Leverkusen were awarded a penalty after Thiago Alcantara handled, but Manuel Neuer pulled off a superb double stop to deny Volland from the spot-kick and resulting rebound.Those saves would count for nothing, though, as the referee insisted that the penalty be retaken due to encroachment and Wendell made no mistake with his attempt.Leverkusen’s lead was short-lived, however, Tolisso restoring parity in the ninth minute as he bundled his way through and steered a clever finish high into the right corner.Bayern soon had the lead, with Robben latching on to a poor clearance before unleashing a wicked volley that dipped in over Lukas Hradecky, although Bayern were dealt a blow when Tolisso was forced off with a knee injury.Leverkusen were toyed with for much of the second half and Bellarabi, only just on as a substitute, let his frustration get the better of him when he lunged in on Rafinha with 10 minutes remaining and rightly saw red.And Bayern made their numerical advantage count, James heading in from Thiago’s cross to add further gloss to a comfortable victory, before having another effort ruled out for offside. What it means: Bayern roll on under KovacIt has been a perfect start for Niko Kovac, whose Bayern side have easily overcome every challenge thrown their way so far. Leverkusen, meanwhile, are rooted to the foot of the table without a point.Pat on the back: Evergreen Robben imperiousWhile Leverkusen star Julian Brandt failed to shine, Robben reigned supreme down the same flank, capping his performance off with another memorable goal – his 97th in the Bundesliga and 140th for Bayern in all competitions.Boot up the backside: Volland’s goal drought continuesVolland scored 14 Bundesliga goals last term, but is still in search of his first this season. The striker’s penalty was poor, and to make matters worse he failed to beat Neuer from point-blank range on the rebound.Key Opta stats150 – Manuel Neuer has won his 150th Bundesliga Game, the fastest player in @FCBayernEN history to do so. Winner. #FCBB04 pic.twitter.com/mi9XHts1iu— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 15, 2018- Bayern have won each of their five games in all competitions under Niko Kovac. Carlo Ancelotti started with 8 wins in a row.- Arjen Robben scored his 140th goal in all competitions for Bayern, the only foreign player with more goals for Bayern is Robert Lewandowski (157 goals). Robben had twice as many shots in the game as opponent Leverkusen (6-3).- Lewandowski made his 200th appearance in all competitions for Bayern, but fired only one shot which was blocked.- For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Leverkusen lost the opening three games.What’s next?Both sides get their respective Champions League and Europa League campaigns up and running next time out. Bayern travel to Benfica, while Leverkusen face Ludogorets. read more
Other than this incredible Mason Rudolph headline, “Glenn Spencer Does Hot Yoga” would definitely rank in my top 25 of my all-time favorite PFB headlines.Apparently, Glenn Spencer and some of his defensive stars are taking the offseason very seriously by hitting some hot yoga to workout. Here’s a picture from Jeannine Edwards, Glenn’s wife, of Glenn hitting hot yoga with Tre Flowers, Jordan Sterns, and Josh Mabin looking completely exhausted.You know you probably had a tough yoga session when you’ve spent the entire offseason with Rob Glass, and STILL look like this. Tre Flowers, Jordan Sterns & Josh Mabin lookin just as spent as their coach Glenn Spencer!! #HotYoga @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/vuowNV0wN6— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016And another of the group hitting the chaturanga pose, which admittedly I had to google to understand.Hard work + Effort +Great Attitude = Results #Winners #CowboyChaturanga @RedEarthYoga09 pic.twitter.com/yZUXIT1SNt— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
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