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′)

UCL, Live: Chelsea v. Bayern; Napoli v. Barcelona

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The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League is back and the Round of 16 games continue this week as Chelsea host Bayern Munich and Barcelona head to Napoli in what should be two epic battles.

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This is arguably the biggest test yet for Frank Lampard‘s Chelsea youngsters as they face the German giants Bayern who are in imperious form in Europe and have Robert Lewandowski leading their charge. What Chelsea lack in experience they make up for in talent and despite some attacking injuries, Lampard will be keen to take the game to Bayern at Stamford Bridge. Given Chelsea’s defensive flaws so far this season, their best form of defense is attack.

Lampard knows Chelsea must lock down Lewandowski and his battle with Antonio Rudiger is one, among many, we are really looking forward to.

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Elsewhere, Barcelona warmed up for their big trip to Napoli in fine style as Lionel Messi scored four times in a thumping win against Eibar in La Liga on Saturday. Messi, 32, will be Barca’s main men in the cauldron that is the Estadio San Paolo and despite their patchy form in Serie A, Gennaro Gatusso’s Napoli are a dangerous proposition in the Champions League. Especially at home in Naples.

Below is the full schedule for the two UCL last 16 first leg games on Tuesday, with bothgames kicking off at 3 p.m. ET. You can follow the action live by clicking on the link above.

Tuesday Champions League action

Chelsea v. Bayern Munich
Napoli v. Barcelona

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings are here and there are new faces pushing their way into the upper echelons.

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Stars from Premier League giants Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal, Man City and Wolves dominate our power rankings after some impressive performances and there are plenty of new entries and plenty of players from the same teams.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

1. Anthony Martial (Man United) – New entry
2. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – New entry
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 16
4. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) – New entry
5. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Up 6
6. Richarlison (Everton) – Up 1
7. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – New entry
8. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 2
9. Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – New entry
10. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – Down 5
11. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – New entry
12. Bruno Fernandes (Man United) – Up 4
13. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) – Down 9
14. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
15. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – New entry
16. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Down 4
17. Harry Maguire (Man United) – Down 9
18. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man United) – Down 12
19. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) – New entry
20. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – Down 7

Key battles: Chelsea v. Bayern; Real Madrid v. Man City

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Two Premier League teams play in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this week as Chelsea host Bayern Munich and Man City head to Real Madrid in the first legs.

Which battles will determine the outcome of these games?

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Below we take a look at three crucial head-to-head clashes which will be pivotal in deciding which teams will reach the quarterfinals.

Chelsea v. Bayern Munich

Antonio Rudiger v. Robert Lewandowski: The former has become a real threat from set pieces for Chelsea but his main role will be to stop the most lethal striker in Europe this season in Lewandowski’s. Bayern’s target man is ageing like a fine French win and has 40 goals to his name in all competitions for club and country. Chelsea’s defense has struggled at times this season and Lewa must be licking his chops in anticipation as he tries to win his first-ever Champions League title.

Jorginho v. Thiago Alcantara: Two pass-masters in central midfield will be a joy to watch. Jorginho has a more defensive role to play with N’Golo Kante out and the Italian will look to deliver perfectly weighted passes to get Chelsea’s attack going. As for Thiago, his vision works really well alongside some of Bayern’s more defensive midfielders and he is so assured in possession. The Spanish international has class on the ball and he and Jorginho are very similar. What a battle this should be.

Reece James v. Alphonso Davies: This is a battle we should all look forward to. Canadian star Davies has been a revelation at left back for Bayern and is encouraged to steam ahead and join in attacks whenever he can. James does exactly the same for Chelsea and has made the position his own in his debut season in the Premier League. These two players will be around at the top level and playing in the Champions League for a very long time and you can expect incisive runs up and down as they go head-to-head.

Real Madrid v. Man City

Casemiro v. Kevin De Bruyne: This will be one heck of a job for Real’s Brazilian destroyer. Of course, Casemiro can play too but his main role will be to shut down Kevin de Bruyne who has been in imperious form for Man City in recent weeks. When KDB is fit and firing on all cylinders he is almost unstoppable and he is a player who continues to be linked with a move to Real this summer amid the uncertainty over Man City’s two-season European ban.

Sergio Ramos v. Sergio Aguero: The master of the dark arts against the master of finishing will be fascinating viewing. The Sergio’s will put on a show and Aguero will fancy his chances of wriggling past Ramos and being the hero. That said, how many times have we written off Ramos in the past? The Real Madrid and Spain skipper seems to always find a way of coming out on top but he will be stretched to his limits as his Real defense try to put out fires all over the place with Aguero, KDB and Raheem Sterling or Gabriel Jesus popping up.

Karim Benzema v. Aymeric Laporte: The latter has been influential since his return from injury and his absence is the main reason Man City are so far behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Benzema’s physicality could cause Laporte some issues and like Ramos, he is underrated for a player who has been pivotal in winning four Champions League titles with Real Madrid. Laporte is good on the ball and Benzema’s clever turns and flicks means this battle will be more about brains than brawn.

Lyon-Juventus gets green light despite virus concerns

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LYON, France (AP) French club Lyon says its sold-out Champions League home game against Juventus will go ahead as planned on Wednesday despite the coronavirus outbreak in nearby Italy.

Lyon said in a statement on Tuesday it received the go-ahead from French authorities for the match to take place “in its initial configuration.”

Up to 3,000 Juventus fans coming from different regions of Italy are expected to attend Groupama Stadium for the last-16, first-leg match.

The fast-spreading virus from China has led to the postponement of Serie A games in northern Italy, where a cluster of the COVID-19 disease has caused seven deaths and towns to be locked down.

Health Minister Olivier Veran told RTL radio on Tuesday that France is not considering closing its border with Italy, nor banning big gatherings of people because it would not make sense.

Asked specifically about the Lyon-Juventus match, Veran said: “Should we ban gatherings? Should we stop the (Paris) Fashion Week? Should we stop matches? Should we close universities? The answer is no.”

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