Munich – The two-time winner of FC Bayern embarks on the quarter-final spectacle against FC Barcelona with an impressive string of successes.
With the 4: 1 (2: 1) in the second leg of the round of 16 against Chelsea, the record champions celebrated their eighth victory in the eighth game of this Champions League season and entered the final tournament from 12 to May 23 as one of the big favorites. August in Lisbon – where, however, a high hurdle against Lionel Messi & Co. is pending.
Almost six months after the 3-0 first leg, the Munich team agreed to their second resumption of the Corona season with goals from Robert Lewandowski (10th minute / penalty), Ivan Perisic (24th) and Corentin Tolisso (76th ) the grand duel against Lional Messi & Co in the Portuguese capital. Tammy Abraham (44th) scored for the Londoners.
Eight years after the heart-wrenching home final against the former premier league winner, this time there was a clear victory – even after the short preparation time of almost two weeks. There is also a week before the quarterfinals on August 14.
The Münchner Geister-Express cannot be stopped and has achieved twelve victories in twelve matches without spectators during the coronavirus pandemic. Lewandowski is still in the mood for goal, with his twelfth goal in competition now with 52 goals in 44 competitive games with Bayern. The Pole has prepared the goals for Perisic and Tolisso – he’s ready for the superstar duel against Messi.
165 days after the first leg, Bayern quickly swept aside any doubts. “The team realizes that they have to deliver a top performance. We have to be wide awake and focus on the game,” Flick said a few minutes before kick-off on Sky TV – and his team are there. remained.
Bayern got off to a powerful start and picked up where they left off before the break after the Bundesliga ended. After a nice pass from Serge Gnabry, Lewandowski ran alone towards Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero. The 38-year-old brought down the Polish international striker, but Lewandowski’s possible offside position has been verified by video evidence.
But eventually he was cleared to compete and scored his twelfth goal in the current competition. On the otherwise nearly empty grandstand, board member Oliver Kahn was allowed to lean back and relax – especially when Perisic rose a bit later. The Croatian replaced ailing winger Kingsley Coman and, somewhat surprisingly, had the preference over Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. It came in the 64th minute for the 2-0 scorer.
Before the kick off, Thomas Müller fought for the ball in midfield and experienced the commitment Flick demanded. After Müller’s pass, Lewandowski selflessly put the ball to Perisic, who only had to insert it up close.
The weakened guests of coach Frank Lampard, who had to do without former injured Dortmund player Christian Pulisic and where Germany international Antonio Rüdiger only sat on the bench, delivered an overall disappointing performance.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had to get the ball out of the gate for the first time in the 28th minute, but before the artistic shot from Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was once courted by the Munich team, the master of Jig Tammy Abraham was just offside.
The new edition of the heartbreaking 2012 final, when Bayern lost on penalties, this time turned into a one-sided affair that the Munich side had hoped for. With a clear lead behind the back and the practical certainty of qualifying for the quarter-finals, the hosts continued to dominate and left little room for Chelsea, but at the top there was a lack of precision every now and then afterwards. the break from competition. The London guest also took advantage of the sometimes (too) timid appearance on the defensive shortly before the break. Neuer couldn’t hold back a Hudson-Odoi shot, Abraham pushed into the empty four-yard goal.
Neuer, on the other hand, had no trouble after the recovery when Mason Mount attempted a strike from an acute angle (49th). A little later, the injury of Jérôme Boateng, who had to be treated in the knee after a rescue act (57th), continued to play for a short period, but was then replaced (63rd), caused significantly more troubles. Niklas Süle played his first competitive game since October 19, when he tore the second cruciate ligament of his career.
Following further changes (Alvaro Odriozola for Kimmich / 70th and Tolisso for Thiago / 71st), the Bavarian pace seemed a bit lost when the French Tolisso scored 3-1. It was Bayern’s 30th goal in their opening eight Champions League games of the season. In doing so, they equalized the record set by FC Barcelona, which scored 30 times after eight games in the 2011/12 season. And Lewandowski even finally set a new record.
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