Bayern Munich defeated Olympiacos 3-0 in their first match of the 2015-16 Champions League on the back of a brace from Thomas Müller. The result puts FC Bayern at the top of the group after the first matchday.
The match was marred before kickoff by an attack on Bayern supporters by the Greek police. Video showed the police violently beating cowering Bayern fans with police batons.
Olympiacos were comfortable sitting back and letting Bayern come at them. Bayern poked and prodded the Olympiacos backline, mostly with a variety of crosses into the area. Bayern's best opportunity in the early going occurred when Robert Lewandowski headed a cross from Xabi Alonso on target. Unfortunately for Bayern, the ball was cleared off the line.
The remainder of the first half was a rather drab affair with Manuel Neuer rarely tested in his goal by the Olympiacos attack. On the other end, while Bayern dominated possession finishing the half close to 75%
Bayern finally got their breakthrough just after halftime. Out wide on the right, Thomas Müller took a peak into the Olympiacos penalty area before unleashing cross. Or, was it a shot? It doesn't matter. The ball ended up in the back of the net to give FC Bayern the 1-0 advantage.
Brown Ideye challenged Neuer for the first time with a shot from the top of the penalty. Neuer tipped the ball over the crossbar, and nothing developed of the ensuing corner.
Müller nearly doubled the Bayern lead in the 68th minute. He picked up a loose ball in the area and fired a shot at Roberto Gago. He managed to get his fingers on the ball to knock it wide.
Olympiacos had their best attempt in the second half on the boot of Leandro Salino. After David Alaba inexplicably ducked and let a ball bounce off his back, Salino streaked into space with only the goalkeeper to beat. Luckily, Neuer is a terrifyingly large man for opposing attacks.
Bayern finally made it 2-0 just before the end of the match. Kingsley Coman used his speed to latch onto the end of a ball headed out of bounds. After composing himself, he found Mario Götze with a sharp pass. With a simple touch, Götze put himself behind the Olympiacos defense and put his shot past Roberto for the goal.
Moments later, it was Coman once again. The winger dribbled into the penalty area and beat his man, drawing a penalty in the process. Müller converted the spot kick to give FCB the 3-0 victory.
Olympiacos 0-3 Bayern Munich
FCB: Thomas Müller (52, 90), Mario Götze (89)
OLY XI: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku; Salino Cambiasso (Fortounis 66), Kasam; Dominguez (Hernani 61), Ideye, Pardo (Seba 82)
FCB XI: Neuer; Bernat, Alaba, Boateng, Lahm; Alcantara, Alonso (Kimmich 76), Vidal (Götze 78); Costa, Lewandowski (Coman 59), Müller
- Bayern's first half was one of near complete dominance but lacking the final ball. Lewandowski's effort was close, but Bayern struggled to get on the end of numerous crosses into the area.
- Müller's "shross" was certainly something. The smile on his face certainly gives the impression that it wasn't completely intentional. It doesn't matter though, because they all count the same.
- Everything seemed to go through Douglas Costa in the first half, and he slowed considerably in the second half. Several of his passes and shots in the later half of the contest were poor. Perhaps it's time he received a break at the weekend?
- What a performance from Kingsley Coman? The young Frenchman showed off his speed and dribbling ability, earning an assist and drawing a penalty on the day. There's a lot more to come here.
- Bayern take first place in the group, followed by the mighty Dinamo Zagreb! The Croatians defeated Arsenal in Zagreb 2-1 on the day. What a result.