FULL TIME! Danke, Basti! Servus, and until we see you again!
And good luck to the Chicago Fire on their 2020 World Cup campaign!
89’ — Schweinsteiger and Robben serve up a little more slapstick as the end comes. Robben looks like he’s toying with Chicago’s defenders as he juggles the ball away from them.
83’ GOAL! Bayern 4-0! What a goal! It could not have been scripted better. After every all too deliberate attempt to give Basti the ball falls flat, the Fußballgott scores an amazing goal that is pure magic. David Alaba drives up the left flank, and Basti charges forward to split Chicago’s defense. Alaba lobs the ball right into his path and he volleys it past Sanchez, giving him no chance at all to save it.
81’ — Substitutions. Meritan Shabani replaces Müller and Meier replaces Senkbeil.
80’ — The team manages to give Schweinsteiger yet another shot, but it flies straight at Sanchez.
75’ — Robben accidentally sends a ball intended for Schweinsteiger right out of bounds. Basti gestures at him jokingly for not warning him the ball was coming.
72’ — At last Schweinsteiger gets a shot off, but Sanchez parries. Neuer makes a spectacular diving save on the opposite end of the pitch just a moment later.
71’ — Ribery dribbles through three or four players trying to set up a shot for Basti. That last touch still eludes them...
69’ — The match is getting a little silly, as the team tries to get Schweinsteiger one last goal in a Bayern jersey. Robben waves Basti forward no the right flank, but it looks like the Chicago Fire aren’t about to make life easy for him.
65’ — Some things never change: Arjen Robben attempts a solo shot straight at Sanchez, while Schweinsteiger gestures for the ball, wide open in the box to his right.
63’ — GOAL! Bayern 3-0. The pressure on Chicago that the last round of substitutions has put them under is obvious. After dancing around the penalty area, Thomas Müller pokes the ball to Robben, who is unmarked to his right. Robben instantly fires and scores.
60’ — Renato Sanches leaves the pitch to a round of applause. It was a good game for the youngster. Now come the reinforcements:
Substitutions: Thomas Müller, Thiago, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Manuel Neuer replace Gnabry, Jeong, Wagner, Sanches, and Ulreich.
58’ — Sandro Wagner fires a shot on target at the near post, prompting a save from Chicago’s second keeper Sanchez.
54’ — After a string of incisive passes, Juan Bernat rolls the ball to Schweinsteiger in Chicago’s penalty area. Basti fires a rocket of a shot, but it is blocked by a sliding Chicago player.
Manuel Neuer is warming up on the sidelines.
50’ — Now Bayern is really locking down Chicago, with Basti playing in the offensive midfield just like old times.
Chicago break away suddenly with a fantastic chance, but can’t capitalize on their luck, as Renato Sanches speeds back to dispossess Chicago before the player can fire a rebounded shot into the net.
Substitutions: Bayern have made a number of changes: Schweinsteiger for James Rodriguez, Boateng and Senkbeil for Hummels and Mai, and Rafinha for Kimmich.
FUßBALLGOTT! Basti comes out on the pitch wearing the captain’s armband. But he’s not the 31: the entire team is wearing his number!
HALFTIME! Basti gets to turn a 2 goal deficit into a comfortable lead as he changes jerseys at halftime.
43’ — Bayern isn’t making life easy for Basti. He tries to spark Chicago’s offense by driving the ball forward, but Lukas Mai rudely intercepts his pass.
Jeong’s first action is a promising outside shot on goal. Cleveland can’t handle the ball and Wagner puts away the rebound but is (rightly) ruled offside.
38’ — GOAL! Bayern 2-0. James Rodriguez launches a beautiful, arching pass from deep left to find Sandro Wagner, who heads the ball in powerfully past Cleveland.
37’ — Substitution. Woo-Yeong Jeong replaces Goretzka.
33’ — Injury scare? Goretzka is taken down hard by Dean near Chicago’s goal line. Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt briefly treats him on the sidelines and escorts him to the tunnel. Goretzka is walking off the pitch on his own. Hopefully it is nothing serious.
32’ — Fabian Nikolic attempts to catch Ulreich off guard with a long range shot. It’s the first shot of the game for Chicago.
30’ — Renato Sanches created a nice chance for himself, driving into Chicago’s box with a one-two play. His hard-taken shot was unfortunately blocked, but it’s encouraging to see him find show some chemistry with the team.
26’ — Juan Bernat is giving Chicago fits on the left wing. He takes on Schweinsteiger and a teammate by himself and manages to outmaneuver both of them and win a corner. Cheeky on Basti’s special day — and perhaps his own last match in a Bayern shirt.
25’ — RTL panned briefly to the VIP section of the stands. What a group! Philipp Lahm and Oliver Kahn are in attendance, as are Hermann Gerland, Oliver Bierhoff, Jogi Löw, and virtually the entire FC Bayern front office.
22’ — Another excellent chance for Bayern: Goretzka finds James driving forward on the left. James could shoot, but instead attempts to pass inside to Wagner. The cross is intercepted however and nearly scored as an own-goal.
15’ — Leon Goretzka gets the ball to James Rodriguez, who chips Chicago’s keeper, but James was standing well offside when the ball was struck.
13’ — Basti is playing basically as a libero for Chicago, dropping back deep on defense and moving up into the midfield as needed — recalling the great Franz Beckenbauer.
10’ — The fans raise a resounding Icelandic-style viking chant at the Allianz. Bayern is in complete control of the game so far.
7’ — GOAL! Bayern 1-0: Serge Gnabry makes a solo run up the right flank. He makes a feint to throw off his defender, who inadvertently deflects the ball with his leg well out of the reach of Chicago’s goal-keeper.
4’ — A perfectly timed through ball from Leon Goretzka finds Sandro Wagner. One on one with keeper, Wagner fires left, but the ball bounces off the far post.
Kickoff! The ball gets rolling, but the game is interrupted almost right away after a collision between Swen Ulreich and a Chicago player on the game’s first chance. Both are able to continue.
Basti takes the field! The lights go down and as Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” echoes in the stadium, Basti comes out and greets his friends and former teammates, posing briefly with his massive trophy case on the pitch.
Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge present him with a signed photo collage of his best moments.
10 minutes to kickoff: Jupp Heynckes was chosen by kicker as coach of the year and honored on the field:
Und die nächste Legende wird geehrt!— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 28, 2018
Jupp #Heynckes wurde vom Kicker zum Trainer des Jahres gekürt!
Darüber hinaus bekam Heynckes noch das goldene K, eine Auszeichnung der kicker-Leser für die Leistungen und Popularität des Fußballlehrers. #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/Ahfm9qS1d2
30 minutes to kickoff: Basti comes down the tunnel to find an honor guard of his teammates. Listen to the crowd roar when he leads them out onto the pitch:
50 minutes to kickoff: Here is how Basti will be lining up for Chicago:
One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out, James Rodriguez starts!
In other news: Niklas Süle is out with an infection, and Javi Martinez has bronchitis.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to watch Bastian Schweinsteiger run around the field at the Allianz Arena in a Bayern Munich jersey, I have great news for you. During Tuesday’s friendly, you will get that opportunity!
In Schweinsteiger’s testimonial match between Bayern and the Chicago Fire, the midfielder will suit up for one half with each side. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity for supporters at the Allianz Arena to give the legend one final send-off with a huge ovation.
It will be interesting to see what Niko Kovac plans to do in this one. Will he play the regular starters in the half that Schweinsteiger plays with Bayern to give him one last run out with world class players that he hasn’t had since leaving Munich for Manchester several years ago?
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST
TV/streaming: Find Your Country
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