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Bayern Munich 1-1 Manchester City: Initial reactions and observations

Forgettable and bland.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Zero goals from open play in 180 minutes. There’s no Lewandowski to blame tonight, Bayern Munich were simply inept in attack versus Manchester City. Maybe we should’ve taken Arjen Robben’s offer to suit up. Some of the chances missed were criminal.
  • Yet another coach thinks they can bench Thomas Muller in a big game and get results. When will they learn?
  • Dayot Upamecano just isn’t cut out for duels with guys like Haaland or Kolo Muani. He has his strengths as a defender but maybe he should’ve sat this one out.

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82’ — Goal. Joshua Kimmich makes it 1-1.

81’ — Penalty to Bayern. Somehow.

56’ — Goal. It’s impossible now. Haaland makes it 1-0.

45’ — The second half kicks off.

Halftime observations and analysis

  • Bayern Munich have DOMINATED proceedings but have no goals to show for it. This is honestly so infuriating.
  • This referee has no clue. The added time was a joke and the penalty was so harsh. None of his decisions make sense.
  • If only there had been a goal in that half. Bayern have given City a game, but there’s no way it can happen in just 45 more minutes.

Halftime: Bayern Munich 0-0 Man City.


35’ — Penalty to City. Somehow apparently Upamecano had a handball.

18’ — Bayern escape! Dayot Upamecano was shown red for challenging Haaland, but he was offside.

16’ — Leroy Sane was through! And he shoots it just wide. That could’ve been it.

Kickoff: Bayern Munich are underway at the Allianz Arena. The goal here is a comeback. Not losing comes later.

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! While Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting does in fact start, Thomas Tuchel has inexplicably benched both Alphonso Davies and Thomas Muller. Joao Cancelo and Jamal Musiala start in their stead. Same old story, really. If Bayern Munich overturn this result, it’s going to take a miracle.

Let’s think about this for a second. To overturn this deficit and progress to the next round of the Champions League, Bayern Munich need to score four unanswered goals. Three if we assume penalties. Against a team as disciplined and well-structured as Manchester City, that seems like an almost impossible proposition.

But Bayern Munich are a big club. And big clubs can sometimes rise to the occasion when others count them out. Will this be one of those moments? We’ll have to wait and see.

It’s Bayern time.

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Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 9:00 pm local time, 3:00 pm EST

TV/streaming: Paramount+, Find Your Country

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