In a flawless return to the Champions League
In a tense atmosphere with plenty of Turkish fans in attendance, the sold-out Allianz Arena briefly boiled over in the 62nd minute as the visitors appeared to be leading 1-0 following Lucas Torreira’s offside goal. But video evidence helped Bayern both in this scene and in Kane’s first goal, when the refereeing team initially called it offside.
Captain Neuer is back again
For the first time in more than 13 months, captain Neuer led Munich to a Champions League game at the Allianz Arena. However, the atmosphere was quite unusual for Bayern. “It will be an away game,” coach Tuchel said shortly before kick-off, looking out at the scores of Turkish fans in the stands.
Preparations for the game were accompanied by discussions about the head coach’s recent ridicule towards television experts. “We are not just strengthening
In his main business, Tuchel was announced to have received his final ban in the 4-0 win in Dortmund.
Sane’s chance didn’t work out
After a fast start, the hosts only gradually took control of the game. As was the case with the 3-1 defeat in the first leg, the Istanbul side tried to launch early attacks in the Munich half. But there was the first big chance
Now Bayern clearly played more and had more chances. Jamal Musiala’s shot went wide (28 minutes) and soon after Sane found his master again in Muslera. The 37-year-old captain of the Turkish champions recovered in time from an elbow injury and became a vital source of support for his now reeling team.
Shortly before the break, the home team had to digest yet another worry in this first half of the season, which was characterized by personnel problems in a small squad. Musiala went down in the penalty area after Kane’s pass, grabbed his left leg and was unable to continue the game. Thomas Müller entered the game (40th).
The Munich team had to rebuild, but the guests quickly gained courage. Thanks to Mauro Icardi’s fine opportunity from close range, Neuer, who had been largely unchallenged before, showed his full class and averted the deficit (43 minutes).
Bayern’s chances continued to improve after the break when Kane hit the post (53′). But Galatasaray, now better in attack, remained dangerous, only Icardi’s narrow offside position prevented them from taking the lead (62′).
Irritated by the visitors’ lack of successful shots and sharpness, the Munich team lost their sovereignty and determination in the first half. But after Kimmich’s free kick, Kane once again saved Bayern with his head – and soon after the counterattack he made a preliminary decision. Müller’s poor pass before Bakambu’s goal caused tension only for a short time (dpa/jst)
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