GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Heynckes upbeat despite shock loss to Leverkusen

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 3:00am
AFP

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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes insisted the Bundesliga leaders will not allow themselves to be derailed by Sunday's shock 2-1 defeat at home by Bayer Leverkusen.

"The defeat will not knock us of course, but we must learn the lessons from it," said Heynckes, as Leverkusen won in Munich for the first time in 23 years.

"We have to maintain the same pace over the 90 minutes which we showed in the second-half. When you play against a Leverkusen team, who can counter-attack excellently, then you have to play at pace for the entire match. We didn't turn our superiority into goals, however, we still have a comfortable lead in the table."

An own-goal by Jerome Boateng in the 86th minute handed Leverkusen their first win in Munich since October 1989 and brought the home team's record winning-streak to an abrupt halt.

Having set a new Bundesliga record last weekend with their eighth straight win since the season started, Bayern still enjoy a four-point lead at the top of the table ahead of rivals Schalke.

The visitors took the lead when Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes found Andre Schuerrle on the wing, who threaded his pass through the Munich defence for striker Stefan Kiessling to tap in on 42 minutes.

Bayern levelled on 77 minutes thanks to a header from striker Mario Mandzukic, but Leverkusen were not to be denied.

Boateng managed to get his head in the way as Leverkusen's Sidney Sam headed home, but the ball only flew into the top left-hand corner and past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on 86 minutes.

"We conceded a really stupid goal to make it 1-0, then worked hard to make it 1-1, then conceded another equally stupid goal for 2-1," fumed Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.

 

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