It was a testy match throughout the night, but Bayern Munich started their Champions League campaign in the win column with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
Bayern thought they were jumping out to a lead just seconds into the match when Thomas Müller broke through the City backline. He was clearly clipped by Joe Hart but tried to stay on his feet to get a shot off. The off-balanced shot went into the side netting. If Müller didn't try (successfully) to stay on his feet, the referee probably blows the whistle for a penalty. This is why players dive.
After both sides exchanged weak opportunities, the next best chance once again fell to Müller. Juan Bernat whipped in a cross, and Müller stepped in front of the City defense to head it on target. Hart, wrong-footed, wildly swung his left arm up and deflected the ball out for a corner. Bayern started to click.
Minutes later, Müller's cross found Mario Götze. The World Cup hero's shot was deflected by Vincent Kompany's hand allowing another stellar save to be made by Hart. However, the visitors came right back down to the other end, and Edin Dzeko's curling shot was just wide of Manuel Neuer's post.
David Alaba brought another great save out of Hart at the half hour mark. Götze's cross was cleared out to him, and he ripped a shot that brought a diving block out of Hart. At this point, the England goalkeeper is the only thing preventing this game from being 3-0 in favor of Bayern.
Lewandowski ran onto a ball in the City penalty area and rounded Hart. Like Müller earlier, the angle was too tight for the striker, and he put his shot into the side netting. Dzeko would go into the book for a tackle from behind on Götze, and Kompany would also be shown a yellow for throwing an elbow into the chest of Müller. Man City needed the halftime whistle, and they got it.
The second half started with no changes for either side. Bayern continued to pressure the City half, and Hart made another save to keep the match scoreless. Müller was being pulled to the ground from behind by Sagna, but still managed to flip the ball up to Götze with a backheel. Unfortunately, his shot was stopped by Hart.
There were three opportunities for the referee to call penalties against City, but he decided against any of them. First, Kompany fouled Müller in the area. Second, Fernandinho handled the ball in the area. Third, Sagna nearly pulled Benatia to the ground by his shirt on a corner kick.
In the 75th minute, the Allianz Arena erupted with the entrance of Arjen Robben. He immediately went to work on the right side having his way with Gael Clichy. It appeared as though Robben was tripped in the box by Fernandinho, but the referee once again waived to continue play.
Looking for the spark to get the goal, Pep Guardiola brought on Claudio Pizarro for Rafinha in the 85th minute. It was Jerome Boateng that had the next best opportunity. The centerback picked up a loose ball in the midfield and launched a shot from distance that brought another great save from Hart. Then, he got his goal.
After a corner bounced around in the area, Boateng rifled in a volley into the far corner out of the reach of Hart. Finally, Bayern got their goal in the 90th minute. Bayern led 1-0.
As the final minutes of stoppage time ticked away, FC Bayern held on to their one goal advantage to claim all three points.