Arturo Vidal had already threatened against his former team when in the 32nd minute Spanish midfielder Martinez gave Bayern the lead. It's an opening fixture that has the capability to be both thrilling and tough. However, it was once again the league leaders that took advantage of their own attack ability as they scored the opener, albeit, from a very unlikely source.
This time Vidal saw a header blocked after Arjen Robben's corner from the right.
The win for Bayern however highlighted a serious issue for Leverkusen as they seemed to have no plan-b. However, Jupp Heynckes came out and told the media that Bayern would not be selling any players during the transfer window.
Speaking about a successful return to Bundesliga action at the BayArena, the winger added: "Normally I provide a lot of assists and do a lot of dribbling - but it's always great when you score a goal". "After the 2-0 we lost a bit of our concentration and had unforced errors with the ball".
Perhaps Leverkusen would have been better off dropping another player into midfield to help the two centre-midfielders as they were second best throughout the game but, as it was, the home side were punished for their anonymity in the middle.
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The in-form Leon Bailey went close to a stunning equaliser when he struck the crossbar nine minutes after the break and Bayern soon made the most of that, as Ribery rounded off a swift break with his first Bundesliga goal of the season. The youngster danced past Sule as he weaved in and out before he curled a sublime effort that beat everyone, but it clipped the top of the bar. Leverkusen definitely don't want to start falling to the wrong end of that crowd, and a shocking win over Bayern would not only help them start to gain separation from the pack, it would help them gain some much-needed momentum to keep pulling away. Volland was then rolled in in the box but, on his favoured foot, he took an bad touch which allowed Bayern to close him down and force the ball out for a corner.
Bayern were five points adrift in the league when Heynckes, 72, replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the start of October, but built up a commanding lead as key rivals RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund faltered.
Rodriguez instead ensured that Bayern took all three points with a fine, stoppage-time free kick after being brought down by Bender on the edge of the area.
Leverkusen: Leno; Wendell, Bender, Tah, Bellarabi; Kohr, Bender; Brandt, Havertz, Bailey; Volland.