FC Bayern Munich won 2-0 (0-0) against FC Barcelona around returnee Robert Lewandowski on matchday 2 of the Champions League. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann leads their group without losing points.
Lucas Hernández gave FC Bayern a 1-0 lead after a corner from Joshua Kimmich in the 50th minute, only four minutes later Leroy Sané increased after a great solo run.
FC Bayern fans gave Robert Lewandowski mainly applause on his return to Munich, but there were also occasional whistles. The striker moved from FC Bayern to Barcelona for 45 million euros before the season, accompanied by some noise.
Benjamin Pavard had to be substituted in the 21st minute with a suspected concussion. Shortly before the end of the game, Hernández had to leave the field in tears. Dayot Upamecano left the arena limping. Learn more here!
After the game, Leon Goretzka criticized the reporting of the previous days and called it “not okay”.
FCB President Herbert Hainer quipped in view of Lewandowski’s numerous missed chances that the striker “just has a heart for Bayern”.
FC Bayern – FC Barcelona: The analysis
Julian Nagelsmann surprised in two respects with his formation: Dayot Upamecano started in central defense instead of the supposed defense chief Matthijs de Ligt, the offensive quartet formed unusually. Sadio Mané came from the left, Leroy Sané from the right, Thomas Müller stormed in the middle.
At Bayern Munich, in what was initially a very intense game, left-back Alphonso Davies and free spirit Jamal Musiala played the most. However, he was a bit too playful in his actions and kept getting stuck in dribbling. In general, FC Bayern’s offensive was too predictable and center-heavy, there was hardly any positional castling.
The guests attacked much more purposefully, but also benefited from some carelessness of the Bayern defense and a generally too passive defensive behavior. Lewandowski was superbly involved in Barcelona’s combination game and always posed a threat. In the 13th, 18th and 21st he missed good chances.
Even before the change of sides, Bayern got a little more access, but were still well served with the draw at the break. Overall, Barcelona had more possession in the first half and more than twice as many goals as Bayern.
Quite significantly, FC Bayern took the lead through a standard, the 2-0 result from a strong individual action by Sané. After a brief period of shock, Barcelona recovered and had chances to score. However, FC Bayern did not find themselves in serious trouble.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Kounde, Araújo, Christensen (Garcia 70), Alonso – Gavi(De Jong 61), Busquets (Kessie 80), Pedri – Rafinha(Torres 61), Lewandowski, Dembele(Fati 80). – Trainer: Xavi
FC Bayern – FC Barcelona: The data of the game
Gates: 1-0 Hernández (50′), 2-0 Sané (54′)
The star of the game: Leroy Sané (FC Bayern Munich)
Of the four Munich offensive players, Sané worked the most intensively against the ball. After the break, he rewarded himself with his magnificent goal to make it 2-0. Substituted in the 80th to a standing ovation.
The flop of the game: Marcel Sabitzer (FC Bayern Munich)
After good performances, Sabitzer disappointed this time and was substituted at half-time. Without a chance against Lewandowski’s pressing, a bad loss of possession against Dembélé, too late with a tackle and consequently given a yellow card.
The referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Makkelie denied Barcelona a fairly clear penalty just before half-time: Davies found opponent Dembélé in the penalty area. Makkelie let play continue, the VAR did not intervene. There were no other noteworthy excitements.