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

competition.

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

the lead.

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

room.”

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

Mandzukic.

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

attempt.

Dante gave away the penalty when he tripped Milner and captain

Kolarov sent goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the wrong way to level the

score.

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.