Tip of the Cap: Thiago Alcantara. Carlo Ancelotti seems set on a three midfield system, and Thiago may be the reason why. The Spaniard’s playmaking skills helped pick apart a deep-lying PSV defense, picking out Robert Lewandowski more than once in dangerous areas.
Golf Clap: Robert Lewandowski. Bayern clearly felt his absence in Frankfurt and he returned to the starting XI with a bang. He was perhaps more active than he has been all season, making incisive runs and also providing service from near the goal line when he needed to. He may not have been able to take full credit for his goal, but the goal was well deserved after his efforts.
Standing Ovation: Joshua Kimmich. The young midfielder continues to prove his worth. Sure, he headed in a peculiar, high-arcing cross from David Alaba, but his contributions were much greater than that. He helped Bayern keep possession in the attacking half of the field for much of the game, and was often the one switching the play to keep PSV’s defense moving.
Meister of the Match: Arjen Robben. Earlier this season, Franck Ribery showed that he still had life left in his legs. On Wednesday, it was Robben’s turn. He ran at his former team in vintage fashion, wiggling his way on several occasions to give Jeroen Zoet problems between the sticks. If Ancelotti is in fact sticking with the set-up he has deployed all season, he will have a tough time telling one of Ribery or Robben they are not playing on a given matchday.
Jersey Swap: Luciano Narsingh. PSV’s best chance was always going to be on the break, and Narsingh made sure the Dutch club was potent in that regard. His finish was spectacular, but his continued runs in the second kept PSV in the game. Bayern did not dominate the game they way they could have, and Narsingh was a big reason why.