Robert Lewandowski's return to Munich fails: because the FC Barcelona striker is unusually careless about his chances, FC Bayern wins the top game in the Champions League thanks to a double strike after half-time. Victory is an important mood lifter.
FC Bayern, who turned up after the break, again became a terror for FC Barcelona when Robert Lewandowski returned goalless to Munich. Thanks to a significant increase in performance with sudden consistency in attack, the German record champions in the Champions League celebrated their fifth win in a row against the Catalans with a 2-0 (0-0). The extremely strong defender Lucas Hernández with a header (50th minute) and Leroy Sané (54th), who was accurate as in the 2-0 win against Inter Milan (54th), put the 75,000 spectators in the Allianz Arena in a high-intensity premier class game in a party mood - and left Thomas Müller experience a happy 33rd birthday.
Lewandowski had spared his former club in the first half when the world footballer repeatedly appeared promising in front of Bayern captain Manuel Neuer. "If the knot bursts at the beginning, things can turn out differently. Luck wasn't on his side," said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer honestly on Amazon Prime and said, looking at the return of the scorer: "It's an emotional game for Lewi . Here, to get back home a bit. That's why you take on a lot as a striker, especially when you know the players. Of course, the defenders know Lewi too, and so do I as a goalkeeper."
One of the cornerstones of Bayern's home win was the strong tackle of Hernández and Dayot Upamecano in the center of defence. The duo was victorious in the Lewandowski fight. After two wins in two premier class games, coach Julian Nagelsmann's team could make it into the round of 16 in the coming games against Viktoria Pilsen.
However, he quickly made it clear that the world footballer had not only come to the Allianz Arena to shake hands. After just a few weeks, the top scorer is the linchpin of the resurgent Catalans, who had been beaten by a total of 2:14 goals in the last three duels with Munich.
But with Lewandowski, self-confidence is apparently back. And the top scorer initiated the first big chance himself, Manuel Neuer prevented the early deficit with a strong foot defense against Pedri (9th). After that it was Lewandowski himself who - quite untypical - missed a huge chance (18th) and shortly afterwards failed with a header to Neuer (21st). Shortly before the break, Noussair Mazraoui, who came on for the world champion Benjamin Pavard who had been knocked out, cleared a shot from the Pole (42nd). As the game progressed, however, Bayern got a better grip on their old goalkeepers (344 goals in 375 games).
And the Bayern offensive? The Nagelsmann team obviously struggled with the extremely high pressure from the Spaniards. Only rarely did Müller and Co. get up to speed in the first 45 minutes. Superstar Sadio Mané, who came from Liverpool to replace Lewandowski, also remained quite pale - this time on the wing. Accordingly, the Senegalese was replaced by Serge Gnabry in the second half. It was not until the 30th minute that Marcel Sabitzer caused danger with a long-range shot for the first time. But the shot went just wide of the goal of the German keeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
Barca were much closer to the goal than Bayern at this stage. Especially if the Dutch referee Danny Makkelie had decided on a penalty when Alphonso Davies tackled ex-Dortmund Ousmane Dembelé. In any case, the Canadian had not hit the ball.
After the Munich seconds after the restart had to survive a moment of shock when Raphina shot, it was Leon Goretzka who forced ter Stegen to make the first save from a distance. The national player came for Sabitzer at the break. The change had an effect. Seconds later it had already happened. Hernandez headed in after a Joshua Kimmich corner. Suddenly Bayern were on top. Only four minutes later, Sané followed suit when he was staged by Jamal Musiala and then also sent Ter Stegen. In the first group game against Inter, the changeable striker was the match winner. It was Munich's callousness that made the difference. Significant for this was Pedri's huge chance, who put the ball completely free on the post (63').