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ICC 2018: Bayern surge in second half, beat PSG 3-1

Bayern begin their summer quest in Austria against PSG in their first match of the International Champions Cup!

21 July 2018, Austria, Klagenfurt - Soccer: International Champions Cup, FC Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain in the Woerthersee Stadium: FC Bayern Munich's Javier Martinez (L) celebrating with Paul Will his scoring of the 1:1 equaliser. Photo: Erwin Scheriau/dpa
21 July 2018, Austria, Klagenfurt - Soccer: International Champions Cup, FC Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain in the Woerthersee Stadium: FC Bayern Munich’s Javier Martinez (L) celebrating with Paul Will his scoring of the 1:1 equaliser. Photo: Erwin Scheriau/dpa
(Photo by Erwin Scheriau/picture alliance via Getty Images)


The first half was a rough one if you are a Bayern fan, but the team certainly turned things around in the second half. There’s a lot that Bayern can take away from this game including a confident and composed performance from Renato Sanches, solid outings across the board from the U-19 kids, and a victory in Niko Kovac’s debut.

88’ - After a shaky opening few minutes, Paul Will has put in a very composed shift in the Bayern midfield. Bayern brought him over from Kaiserslautern this summer.

Look at this quick strike and goal!

78’ - GOAL BAYERN! Coman’s long ball over the top finds Gnabry, and he whips in a cross to Zirksee who finishes to make it 3-1 to Bayern!

A look back at Sanches’ free kick.

70’ - More subs. Rafinha and Sanches out. Johansson and Zylla in.

67’- GOAL BAYERN! Sanches curls his free kick around the wall catching the PSG goalkeeper sleeping. Great goal! 2-1 Bayern.

63’ - A lot of substitutes now. Out: Wagner, Martinez, Robben, Bernat. In: Gnabry, Meier, Richards, Zirkzee.

60’ - GOAL BAYERN! Martinez seems to be the only one to jump on a Robben corner and heads it past Buffon. 1-1.

The second half substitutes were Coman on for Ribery, Alaba on for Stanisic, and Shabani on for Meier.

51’ - PSG almost get a second, but Nkunku’s shot is way wide.

46’ - Bayern on the attack right away, and Wagner hits the crossbar with a header!

Halftime! PSG lead 1-0 on Timothy Weah’s goal in the 31st minute.

45’ - Terrible give away by Martinez on a pass to Will. Luckily, he got back to intercept Rabiot’s pass to Weah.

36’ - When you’re playing a lot of U-19 players, you need your veterans to step up and offer a little bit more in attack. So far, Bayern have gotten nothing from Robben, Ribery, and Wagner.

31’ - Goal PSG! Timothy Weah gets behind the Bayern defense, fights off Stanisic, and slots it home past Ulreich.

30’ - You can see a little more sharpness in PSG’s passing. This is their third preseason game while it’s Bayern’s first.

20’ - Both teams are struggling to put the good final balls on their ideas. You can see the formulations that these kids are doing in their own head, but nothing is really happening yet.

14’ - Oliver Batista Meier forces a very nice save from Buffon! The 17 year old has a lot of potential.

10’ - The match is as choppy and hectic as you would expect from an early season friendly.

5’ - It is a little weird to see Buffon in a PSG shirt.

4’ - Ulreich is forced to make a save off of a header from a PSG corner. He had to hit the ground quickly to stop it. A relatively routine, yet nice, save.

1’ - We have kickoff in Klagenfurt. Bayern have several U-19 players on the field to start this one, as do PSG, I believe. So, we’ll see where we’re headed in this one.

New coach. Same players. Niko Kovac will lead Bayern Munich into their first match in the International Champions Cup against Paris Saint-Germain in Austria.

No Muller, Neuer or Hummels. No problem. It’s expected that Arjen Robben, Frank Ribéry and David Alaba will be in the starting XI for Die Roten. Not to mention the fact that Renato Sanches has returned to the club and still start also.

As for PSG, it is expected that U.S. international Tim Weah will start as well as Italian newcomer Gigi Buffon. Edinson Cavani is still recovering from injury and Ángel Di María, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are not in the team.

Location: Wörthersee Stadion; Klagenfurt, Austria

Time: 10:05 am EST, 4:05 pm local

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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