Bayern Munich returned to domestic action after their Club World Cup triumph on Monday night with a lively and surprising 3-3 stalemate with Bundesliga strugglers Arminia Bielefeld.
The Bavarians’ hangover from the world triumph was apparent from the get go, as a Manuel Prietl forward pass found an unmarked Michel Vlap to spin and tuck the ball home within ten minutes.
Bayern failed to use their possession and test the Bielefeld goalkeeper and, on 37 minutes, were made to pay for their banal performance. A Vlap corner found its way to Amos Pieper, who calmly converted a free header to score his first ever Bundesliga goal and take the visitors into a shock 2-0 lead at the break.
The hosts woke up a bit after the interval and pulled one back through a brilliant Robert Lewandowski strike on 49 minutes, clinically volleying home after a delightful David Alaba ball over the top. However, Bielefeld restored the two goal cushion just 55 seconds after, when Andreas Voglsammer squared for Christian Gebauer to tap into an empty net.
Bayern composed themselves once more though, and grabbed their second seven minutes later, when a Leroy Sane cross found Corentin Tolisso, who managed to head past Stefan Ortega having made a late run into the box. The hosts continued to threaten and eventually found an equaliser with 20 minutes to go, as Alphonso Davies latched onto a half-hearted clearance and unleashed a vicious half-volley into the bottom corner. Despite working hard to find a fourth, neither team could steal the three points and the spoils were shared.