Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester City: Last-gasp win for Bayern in Bavaria


Bayern Munich scored in the 90th minute to break Manchester City’s hearts at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, winning 1-0 in the opening game of UEFA Champions League Group E.

Former Man City defender Jerome Boateng bagged the winner, as his volley from the edge of the box deflected off Mario Gotze’s back and flew into the top corner.

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City’s ‘keeper Joe Hart kept them in the game with three fine stops in the first half, while the closest City came to a goal was late on as Sergio Aguero prodded just wide of the post.

Bayern dominated most of the play but striker Thomas Muller had an off-day in front of goal. Eventually Bayern broke through in the last minute of normal time to hand the Citizens a huge blow.

Bayern should have been 1-0 up inside the first minute as Mario Gotze ran at City’s defense, then Robert Lewandowski found Muller with a clever flick but after rounding Hart the German international clipped his shot into the side-netting as an open goal beckoned. Muller and Bayern claimed he was tripped and wanted a penalty kick but the referee waved way the protests as City were let off the hook early on.

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The reigning Premier League champions settled down after that shaky start and Edin Dzeko forced Manuel Neuer into making a smart save at his near post inside the first 15 minutes. Manuel Pellegrini, watching on from the stands due to his ban for an outburst during City’s defeat to FC Barcelona in the UCL last season, will have been pleased with the way his team started as they controlled the tempo.

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Dzeko and City failed to break down Bayern and paid the ultimate price late on.

In the 19th minute Hart pulled off a terrific save as Bernat whipped in a cross from the left which Muller headed towards goal but the England No. 1 tipped the ball over in acrobatic fashion. Moments later Hart was again called into action as Muller’s cross from the right was deflected goalwards but City’s ‘keeper palmed the ball away.

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Dzeko then came close to giving City the lead as David Silva found him at the back post, as the big Bosnian shifted the ball onto his left foot but curled his effort just wide of the far post. Just after the half mark David Alaba stuck a fierce shot from the edge of the box which Hart beat away and City cleared as Bayern cranked up the pressure but failed to break through before half time.

After the break City took the sting out of Bayern’s attack but Bernat’s cross was tipped over the crossbar by Hart as the home side continued to push hard. In the 60th minute Bayern’s fans and players appealed for a handball against Fernandinho after a corner from the right bounced off his legs onto his arm.

Sergio Aguero came off the bench to replace Dzeko, then Arjen Robben was introduced by Guardiola in the closing stages. Both teams had penalty shouts in the final 10 minutes as Robben went down under pressure from Fernandinho and then Silva was taken out by Benatia at the other end. Spanish referee Alberto Mallenco waved away both appeals. Then came the game-winning moment in Munich as City failed to clear the ball from a corner and it dropped to defender Boateng who hammered a volley towards goal which took a deflection off Gotze and went in.

Heartbreak for City, delight for Bayern.


Bayern Munich: Neuer, Alonso, Benatia (Dante, 85′), Lewandowski, Rafinha (Pizarro, 84′), Boateng, Bernat, Gotze, Lahm, Muller (Robben, 76′), Alaba

Goal: Boateng (90′)

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Navas (Kolarov, 88′), Silva, Nasri (Milner, 58′), Dzeko (Aguero, 74′)

Milan hoping to woo “great champion” Zlatan next week

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Serie A mainstays AC Milan are trying to woo Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the San Siro.

The full-court press makes sense, as it will take some financial sacrifices for Ibrahimovic to join the side given Financial Fair Play problems in Milan.

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Coach Stefano Pioli called Zlatan “a great champion” while admitting he has to focus on the table and not transfers, while former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani issued a glowing call for the Swede to return to town.


“It would be romantic if he returned. But I have a rule, I don’t talk about teams I’m not involved with anymore. I’m only a fan of Milan now. Still, his arrival would enrich Italian football, similar to when Cristiano Ronaldo came to Italy.”

Man, they know how to speak this guy’s language, don’t they?

Sky Sports says Ibrahimovic’s agent will meet with Milan again next week in the hopes of convincing him to take a lower wage deal, and the 38-year-old showed he’s willing to take one for the team during his stint with the LA Galaxy.

The move makes too much sense, with Milan’s 11 goals well below its expected goal number. They need a finisher, and Zlatan sure does that. And if lower wages means Zlatan gets to play mercenary for five months while proving he’s got the goods for a big wage for 2020-21, that’s an easy concession for the striker.

U.S. U-17 keeper Odunze learning from Schmeichel at Leicester City

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Leicester City’s huge secret was told to the world at the U-17 World Cup in Brazil, where imposing goalkeeper Chituru Odunze made several big saves in the United States’ quick exit from the group stage.

Odunze, who turned 17 last month, joined the Premier League outfit from the Vancouver Whitecaps last season, and is already getting some first team training time.

[ PL PREVIEW: Man City v. Chelsea ]

This is all good news for a USMNT program which has a long history of goalkeepers shining at the top levels in Europe, including Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, and now Zach Steffen.

Odunze admits to being pleased at the tests provided by Jamie Vardy and the Leicester attackers, but says he’s learning more from the expertise on show from a trio of wise first team goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward, and Eldin Jakupovic.

Schmeichel is a Premier League winner, Jakupovic a former regular PL starter with Hull City, and Ward helped Huddersfield Town to promotion during a loan from Liverpool. From The Leicester Mercury:

“They’re all really good role models at the club, and they sort of take you under their wing. They’ve taught me to calm down and be confident in my abilities,” Odunze said. “Of course, there are little pieces of technical information they give me while we’re training, but a lot of the lasting information I get from them is mental.”

The 17-year-old has a monstrous frame, so learning from Schmeichel and company at such a young age while getting tested by the Foxes’ electric attackers is a great combination. He is 2W-2L at the U18 Premier League level.

Premier League Preview: Manchester City v. Chelsea

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Manchester City and Chelsea both defend their slimmed title hopes when they meet Saturday at the Etihad Stadium (Watch Live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via


City is hoping to avoid a second-straight loss after dropping nine points behind prohibitive title favorites Liverpool last match day, while Frank Lampard‘s Blues know a loss could see them drop as many as 11 points behind the Reds.

And, of course, a win will give either side the table advantage over the other.

Ederson and David Silva are available again for Man City. Christian Pulisicis in contention to play” for Chelsea after missing the international break with the United States.

A Champions League match day follows this one, with Man City meeting Shakhtar Donetsk in Manchester on Tuesday and Chelsea in Spain to meet Valencia one day later.


Manchester City: OUT — Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane. QUESTIONABLE — None.

Chelsea: OUT — Ruben Loftus-Cheek. QUESTIONABLE — Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Probable lineups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan, B.Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Aguero.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Willian; Abraham.

What they’re saying

City’s Pep Guardiola on Frank Lampard’s young managerial career: “From my experience, experience doesn’t count much. I would say that when you know the club it is a good advantage and Frank Lampard knows Chelsea perfectly and everything behind the scenes – media, fans, players – so that is good. When I arrived (at Barcelona) not many people trusted me, honestly. Few, few people. Maybe the president, sporting director and not many. “Maybe Frank was similar at Derby. It was a big club, he didn’t take results in the beginning and people said he didn’t have experience. Look now.”

Frank Lampard on being above Man City after 12 matches: “For us to be in that position is something I am pleased with, I actually want more as well. I look at ourselves and don’t consider others, only where we could have got more points too, and there are times where we could have done. At the same time it is nice to be up there and around it. It’s a great test tomorrow, head to head to see where we’re at. It won’t be the end story, anyone can go to Manchester City and lose, they are such a strong outfit. That is what Pep Guardiola and the club have built over recent years. So I won’t be making huge judgements win or lose tomorrow without a doubt.”


Could go either way, couldn’t it, but it feels more likely we see a vintage, defiant bounce back effort from City that looks a bit too easy given Chelsea’s strengths. This is the first big league test for Chelsea since its narrow loss to Liverpool on Sept. 22. We see the six-match winning streak ending via a 3-1 final score.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Matchweek 13 is here in the Premier League as the international break is finally over.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.


With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


Sheffield United 0-2 Man United – (Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Arsenal 3-1 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM] 

Everton 4-1 Norwich – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


West Ham 1-2 Tottenham – (Saturday 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Watford 1-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Man City 3-3 Chelsea – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM



Bournemouth 2-1 Wolves – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Brighton 2-1 Leicester – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM