Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona: Robert Lewandowski returns home with defeat


Lucas Hernandez opened the scoring for Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski’s missed chances on his return to Bayern Munich proved costly as his Barcelona side lost in Germany.

Knocked out in the first half, Bayern put their Spanish opponents at bay after the break with goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane.

Hernandez headed in at the near post after 50 minutes before Sane cut home to seal the win.

Lewandowski spurned some clear openings in an entertaining game.

The win puts Bayern Munich in control of Group C with six points from two games.

Barcelona are level on three points with Inter Milan, who beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0 in the Czech Republic through goals from Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries.

The unfortunate return of Lewandowski

This absorbing encounter between two European heavyweights who are more used to meeting in the Champions League knockout stages than the group stage was Lewandowski’s first return to Bayern since Xavi’s move to Barcelona last summer.

Despite the lengthy transfer saga after the 34-year-old made it clear he wanted to leave the Bundesliga champions, the Munich fans seemed to bear little ill will, giving the Pole a warm welcome ahead of the game.

Lewandowski had scored nine goals in six games for his new club before Tuesday night but missed several good first-half chances at the Allianz Arena.

The best came on 18 minutes, setting up an eight-yard volley with a superb ball from Gavi’s outside, which he put over the bar when he should have hit the target.

Manuel Neuer also denied him with a far-post header as the veteran Bayern keeper went into the break goalless for his side, having earlier saved well with the legs of midfielder Gavi.

Barca were then severely punished for their star striker’s propensity, with the best chance of the second half falling to Gavi, who hit the post.

Julian Nagelsmann and Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski (right) scored 46 goals in 42 games for Julian Nagelsmann

Nagelsmann relieves the pressure

Failure to win a game prompts a survey at Bayern – three consecutive Bundesliga draws have led to a mini-crisis and questions about the job of manager Julian Nagelsmann.

The 35-year-old made five changes, including bringing on Matthijs de Ligt on the bench after the summer signing left the side without a penalty to concede a late penalty in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stuttgart. In his place, Hernandez won the World Cup in France, and he made the first contribution.

Nagelsmann’s changes did not immediately have the desired effect, with Bayern regularly coming apart in a frenetic late first half, struggling to find the final ball when they had possession in Barca territory.

The Bayern manager brought on Leon Goretzka at half-time to try and control the midfield and, despite a stale 50-minute lapse, the second soon after produced a brilliant display that mixed teamwork and teamwork. individual skill

First, Hernandez headed in Joshua Kimmich’s near-post corner, eluded Marcos Alonso’s marker and beat goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to the ball.

Four minutes later, a game of patience from the back from midfield by Jamal Musiala. He then played in Sane before chipping in a fine second past Ter Stegen who left Jules Kounde in the dust.

It wasn’t all positive for Nagelsmann though – Sane reacted badly to being substituted with 10 minutes to go, downing his water bottle and storming off the bench.

San had to open the artificial grass covering the door to the underground bank to make his angry exit. Gates and traps also remain a danger for Nagelsmann, despite this pressure-relieving victory.

Player of the match

the maneSadio Mane

Bayern Munich

  1. Group number17Player namethe mane

  2. Group number8Player nameGrateful

  3. Group number10Player nameSane

  4. Group number7Player nameGnabry

  5. Group number6Player nameKimmich

  6. Group number25Player nameMüller

  7. Group number19Player nameDavies

  8. Group number38Player nameGravenberch

  9. Group number21Player nameHernández

  10. Group number1Player nameNeuer

  11. Group number42Player nameHe needed it

  12. Group number39Player nameTel

  13. Group number2Player nameUpamecano

  14. Group number18Player nameto know

  15. Group number40Player nameto Mazraoui

  16. Group number5Player namePavard

Barcelona

  1. Group number9Player nameLewandowski

  2. Group number8Player namePeter

  3. Group number1Player nameter Stegen

  4. Group number7Player nameDembele’s

  5. Group number30Player nameGavi

  6. Group number5Player nameBusquets

  7. Group number17Player nameAlonso

  8. Group number4Player nameAraújo

  9. Group number21Player namede Jong

  10. Group number15Player nameChristensen

  11. Group number23Player nameKoundé

  12. Group number11Player nameTorres

  13. Group number10Player nameAnsu Fati

  14. Group number22Player nameRaphinha

  15. Group number19Player namekessie

  16. Group number24Player nameGartzia