Bayern loses at home 3-2 to Man City
Bayern Munich squandered a two-goal lead as Manchester City
ended the title-holder’s record 10-match winning run in the
Champions League with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.
Both teams had already qualified for the knockout stages and
both finished Group D on 15 points. Bayern took first place because
of a better head-to-head record. Elsewhere in the group, Viktoria
Plzen beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 to clinch a slot in the Europa League,
while the Russian side was eliminated from European
Bayern applied tremendous pressure from the start and was 2-0 up
in the first 12 minutes.
Thomas Mueller scored in the fifth before Mario Goetze doubled
Bayern missed several good opportunities before City began its
comeback with a goal from David Silva in the 28th minute.
Aleksandar Kolarov leveled with a penalty in the 59th and James
Milner capitalized on a mistake by Bayern’s defense to win it for
City in the 62nd.
”It was a terrible start and we gave away some sloppy goals,”
Milner said. ”But to go to a place like this and go 2-0 down and
then come back and win shows the character in this dressing
It was City coach Manuel Pellegrini’s first win against a side
coached by Pep Guardiola in 10 attempts. It was also Bayern’s first
defeat of the season – apart from a 4-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund
in the minor Super Cup in Germany. Pellegrini did not use star
striker Sergio Aguero.
”We began very well but then we let them back in the match,”
Guardiola said. ”The Champions League is tough and Manchester City
is a very, very good team.
”Maybe it was good to lose, especially now, when it wasn’t that
important. Still we won the group,” Guardiola said.
Bayern began in such a dominant fashion that City might have
feared a rout in the making after conceding twice so early.
The German side, which won 3-1 in Manchester, went ahead when
Mueller controlled a long ball from Dante and fired a low left-foot
shot into the net.
Goetze knocked in the ball after City’s defense failed to clear
a corner from Toni Kroos and a subsequent shot from Mario
Bayern kept up the pressure but appeared to slow down a gear
before Silva pulled one back for City.
Jesus Navas crossed and Milner nodded it back across goal for
Silva to stroke the ball home.
Bayern nearly increased the lead late in the first half when
Mandzukic fed Mueller with a back-heel pass but former Bayer
defender Martin Demichelis struck his foot out to block the
Dante gave away the penalty when he tripped Milner and captain
Kolarov sent goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the wrong way to level the
Milner struck the winner after Jerome Boateng missed the ball
while attempting a clearance and Milner curled the loose ball
inside the far post.
A lethargic Dante nearly allowed Alvaro Negredo to increase the
lead but Neuer managed to block the shot with his leg.