Julian Nagelsmann called in sick shortly before the final whistle, FC Bayern needs some start-up time at Benfica Lisbon. But then the German record champions also shine in the third group game of the Champions League. One goal after the other falls in the final phase.
Third game, four late hits, third victory: FC Bayern opened the door wide to the last 16 of the Champions League even without their ill coach Julian Nagelsmann. The Munich team won late at the site of their latest triumph in the premier class, but deserved 4-0 (0-0) against a long-time extremely dangerous Benfica Lisbon and are thus close to making it into the knockout round of the premier class. Nagelsmann had stayed in the hotel because of a “flu-like infection”.Benfica Lisbon – Bayern Munich 0: 4 (0: 0)
Lisbon: Vlachodimos – Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen – Joao Mario (81st Taarabt), Weigl – Almeida (40th Goncalves), Grimaldo – Rafa (81st Pizzi), Yaremchuk (76th Everton), Nunez (81st Ramos). – Trainer: Jesus
Munich: Neuer – Pavard (66th Gnabry), Süle, Upamecano, Hernández (86th Richards) – Kimmich, Sabitzer (86th Tolisso) – Müller (76th Stanisic), Sané, Coman (85th Musiala) – Lewandowski. – Trainer: Topmoller
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)
Gates: 0: 1 Sané (70th), 0: 2 Everton (80th, own goal), 0: 3 Lewandowski (82nd), 0: 4 Sané (85th)
Yellow cards: Otamendi (2), Joao Mario – Upamecano (2), Hernández (2)
423 days after the magical night in the Estadio da Luz, Leroy Sané (70th / 85th) paved the German record champions victory in a long and exciting exchange of blows after goals from Robert Lewandowski (hand) and Thomas Müller (offside) had previously been denied after video evidence had been. Everton also directed a cross from substitute Serge Gnabry into their own goal (80th), and Lewandowski’s goal (82nd) also counted. 13 minutes, four goals, Benfica were beaten. “We played a very, very good game,” said the outstanding Sané.
“It was a great evening for us. The second half was outstanding,” said captain Neuer, who in turn was a guarantee of success. The goalkeeper saved great before Sané’s first goal in his 100th Champions League game with the hosts’ best chances. “Those were two important situations,” he said. Sane and Gnabry rushed to the convincing goalkeeper immediately after the final whistle for a reason.
Bayern (9 points) are clearly ahead of Benfica (4) as well as FC Barcelona (3) and Dynamo Kiev (1) in Group E. With another win in the second leg on November 2 against the Portuguese record champions, the intermediate goal of the round of 16 for the group E leaders would already have been achieved. Munich have now been undefeated in the Champions League for 20 away and 25 group games.
Neuer has to save the 0-0 a few times
Nagelsmann fell out because of a flu-like infection; his assistant Dino Toppmöller took his place. From the start there was the strong Kingsley Coman, who beheaded Bayern on August 23, 2020 in the same place to triumph in the Champions League against Paris St. Germain (1-0). Gnabry first sat on the bench to protect himself. Marcel Sabitzer came for the sick Leon Goretzka to his starting XI debut for Bayern.
Chief assistant Toppmöller was “a bit tense” before the game, but revealed to DAZN that Nagelsmann had given the most important instructions the day before. And they didn’t seem to have been bad: After ten minutes, Munich could have been in the lead against high-quality hosts, Sané (5th) and Lewandowski (9th) had the best chances in a wild initial phase. Other good opportunities followed.
Benfica were, however, equal, especially the three strikers required the greatest attention from Munich. The strong Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, with whom Niklas Süle had his problems, had the lead for the hosts on his feet, Neuer prevented it with a brilliant save (33rd). The Munich captain also excelled when Diogo Goncalves shot (55th).
The former Stuttgart goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos was in no way inferior to Neuer on the other side for a long time. Even when he had to reach behind him, this was without consequences. Shortly before the break, Lewandowski had pushed the ball into the goal with his left upper arm, Müller was offside with his dust goal. When the strong Sané free-kick, however, there was no longer any doubt: Unstoppable for the brave Vlachodimos, he chased the ball into the net. After that, Benfica literally fell apart.