A game of tactical fouls ended in a manner that will give Pep Guardiola a bit of concern heading into Bayern Munich’s second leg against Shakhtar Donestk.
Tuesday’s 0-0 draw means a road-goal draw in leg two could give the Ukranian side a huge upset over the German power in the Round of 16.
Bayern played the final 25 minutes with 10-men after Xabi Alonso picked up a dodgy second yellow card. To the referee’s defense, the foul was very similar to the one that earned him his first yellow.
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Bayern threatened goal as quickly as the second minute, as Arjen Robben found Bastian Schweinsteiger for a well-hit side volley that fired wide of the goal.
Robben later played in Thomas Muller for a tight-angled shot, but it was missing a bit of steam and Oleksandr Kucher cleared it out of danger.
Douglas Costa dodged a potential red card in the 58th minute when his wayward elbow went uncalled by the referee.
The game was played largely in the center of the pitch, with very few glorious chances. There were a few shouts for Bayern penalties, but no love with the referee.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Fred, Fernando; Costa, Teixeira, Taison; Adriano (Hladkyy, 89′)
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Alonso, Ribéry, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Bernat, Götze (Lewandowski, 75′), Müller (Badstuber, 70′), Alaba, Schweinsteiger