Bayern Munich began their summer tour of the USA with a narrow 2-1 loss to English Premier League side Arsenal in the International Champions Cup in Los Angeles.
Arsenal 2-1 Bayern
Goals: 1-0 Poznanski (o.g. 49'), 1-1 Lewandowski (71'), 2-1 Nketiah (88')
AS IT HAPPENED!
The referee blows his whistle and it's all over. It was a decent run-out from both teams and a lovely goal from Lewandowski. Thanks a lot for joining us. Until next time!
88' GOAL! NKETIAH RESTORES ARSENAL'S LEAD
Some lovely interplay on the edge of the Bayern box ends with a ball rolling across the six-yard box, with Nketiah well place to tap over the line.
87' BIG SAVE FROM ULREICH
Nketiah, somehow, muscles Süle off the ball just outside the Bayern box and goes one-on-one against Ulreich. He looks to score the winner, but Ulreich makes a big save to keep the scores level.
80' GNABRY TESTS MARTINEZ
Coman again makes mischief of himself down the left and draws two defenders to him before cutting back and finding Gnabry in the middle. He's about 30 yards out but he smacks a shot at goal that Martinez does well to save. Moments later, Coman curls a powerful shot just wide of the post.
76' POZNANSKI FIRES OVER
The young Bayern left-back collects the ball in midfield and with Arsenal's defence backing off him, he drives forward into space. He gets to the edge of the box and lets fly, but it goes well over the target.
71' GOAL! LEWANDOWSKI EQUALISES
Gnabry stands up a cross into the middle from the right and Lewandowski seems to hang in the air as he waits for it, eventually heading into the corner past Martinez.
70' SUPERB BLOCK FROM KIMMICH
Aubameyang instigates another counter down the right and delivers an excellent cross to the back post. Kimmich tries to block it but misses and Nelson seems certain to score, but Kimmich recovers and makes a stunning block.
66' CLOSE FROM BAYERN
Coman again jinks his way past Maitland-Niles down the left, cutting inside onto his right foot and sending a rasping right-footed shot at goal. It's going in but Martinez gets a fingertip to it. It should be a corner, but the referee gives a goal kick.
64' TWO MORE SUBS
Arsenal make tow more changes: Burton is now on for Willock, while Nelson - who was on loan at Hoffenheim last season - comes on for Mkhitaryan.
62' TWO CHANGES FROM ARSENAL
Arsenal made two substitutions at the interval, incidentally, with Martinez on for Leno in goal, and Kolasinac replacing Monreal.
59' COMAN UNPLAYABLE
Kingsley Coman has been outstanding so far on Bayern's left and is giving Maitland-Niles no end of trouble. He's skipped past him with ease twice in the past few minutes to get to the byline, but his final delivery has been lacking.
57' NEW BAYERN XI
Confirmation of the changes made by Bayern coach Niko Kovac at the break. Here's how the Bavarians are playing in the second half:
Ulreich - Kimmich, Süle, Pavard, Poznanski - Goretzka, Stiller - Gnabry, Singh, Coman - Lewandowski
55' GNABRY CLOSE AGAIN
A delicious lofted pass from Goretzka picks out Gnabry, playing him one-on-one with Arsenal goalkeeper Martinez. It looks like the Bayern attacker has gone around him, but Martinez gets a hand to the ball and clears the danger.
51' GNABRY FIRES WIDE
Almost an immediate response from Bayern as Gnabry isolates Kolasinac down the right, forcing him back towards his own penalty area. Gnabry fashions a yard of space but his shot goes just wide of the far post.
49' GOAL! (Poznanski o.g.)
A ball is floated from left to right over the Bayern defence to Aubameyang. He takes a touch and curls a cross into the centre, but it's diverted into his own goal by Bayern academy player Poznanski, who came on for Alaba at half-time.
48' FIRST CHANCE FOR BAYERN
Gnabry gets on the ball for the first time and drives forward down the right. He cuts inside and lays it off for the onrushing Goretzka, whose low drive from the edge of the box is well saved.
We're underway again in Los Angeles. There have been several substitutions at the break - confirmation of those shortly! Lewandowski, Pavard and Gnabry are definitely on the pitch now.
No goals so far, but it's been an entertaining match with chances at both ends. Both goalkeepers have pulled off a couple of big saves to keep the game scoreless.
42' TOLISSO DRILLS OVER
The French World Cup winner receives the ball about 25 yards from goal and lifts his head to see his options. He's not being closed down so unleashes a shot from distance, but it's always rising and doesn't trouble Leno.
38' HUGE SAVE FROM NEUER
Arsenal launch a counter-attack through Aubameyang, whose pace takes him away from the Bayern midfield. However, Alaba's body shape and positioning is first class, blocking his path and forcing the striker to play the ball to his left to Özil. It's still dangerous and Özil gets a shot off from an angle, but Neuer is equal to it and Bayern clear.
33' NEXT CHANCE FOR BAYERN
Ontuzans does brilliantly to control a knee-high ball under pressure, towards the right of the Arsenal box. He brings it down and turns in one move and lashes a shot at goal from a tight angle. It worries Leno enough to make a save, giving Bayern a corner.
31' MÜLLER GOES CLOSE!
A brilliant move from Bayern, with Thiago at the heart of it. The Spaniard finds Alaba wide on the left and his sizzling low cross into the middle is met by Müller, whose close-range flick is well saved by Leno.
26' LET-OFF FOR NEUER
Alaba plays the ball back to Neuer inside the Bayern box, but Aubameyang senses a whiff of danger and sprints to press the Germany No.1. Instead of punting it clear, Neuer tries to flick it around Aubameyang and just gets away with it, although the Arsenal forward gets a leg to the ball and very nearly tackled him.
21' FAST-PACED AFFAIR
There's no caginess on either side, with both sets of players looking to get forward at every opportunity. Arsenal have had more and the better of the chances, but it's still goalless so far.
15' NEXT CHANCE FOR ARSENAL
Former Gladbach midfielder Xhaka receives possession 25 yards out and only has one thing on his mind. He takes a touch to settle himself and lets fly, but his shot blazes over the bar.
12' AUBAMEYANG LIVELY
The former Borussia Dortmund forward sprints away down the right, earning himself a yard of space on Martinez. He delivers a teasing cross towards the back post, looking for Lacazette, but Kehl is well place to clear for a corner, which comes to nothing.
9' CHANCE FOR TOLISSO!
Bayern academy player Johannson shows great composure inside the Arsenal box and delivers a beautifully disguised flick with the outside of his right boot to Tolisso, who's free in front of Leno but just can't sort his feet out to shoot.
7' ANOTHER ARSENAL CHANCE
Mkhitaryan drills a left-footed shot across the face of goal that just evades Lacazette at the back post.
5' BAYERN GET FORWARD
Niko Kovac's men try to do some damage at the other end of the pitch almost straight away. Arp picks up the ball on the left and, using Alaba's overlapping run as a decoy, cuts inside and tries to find a teammate. It's a poor pass, but the ball bobbles to Müller, whose fierce drive from the edge of the box is blocked.
3' FIRST CHANCE FOR ARSENAL
Arsenal are afforded acres of space down Bayern's right and the ball is eventually worked to Aubameyang, who drives inside and plays a one-two with Özil inside the box. Just as he's shaping to shoot, Thiago slides in with a vital tackle to deflect the ball out for a corner.
Referee Kevin Scott signals that the game can begin and Arsenal get the ball rolling!
A whole-hearted rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner is currently being sung out on the pitch as a prelude to the action. It won't be long now...
As for the English outfit, they have named a side near to full-strength. There are plenty of familiar names in their lineup too, with no-less than nine players in their squad having previously plied their trade in Germany, including seven of their starting XI. Emile Smith Rowe, on-loan at RB Leipzig last season, starts on the bench, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be hoping Robert Lewandowski features so he can go up against his old Borussia Dortmund teammate.
THE BIG GUNS
Meanwhile, there are plenty of big names in Bayern's starting XI; Manuel Neuer starts in goal, while Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Thiago and Thomas Müller all feature from the off. There is also a welcome return to the first-team for Corentin Tolisso, who makes his first appearance since Matchday 3 of last season when he ruptured a knee ligament.
FRESH BAYERN FACES
Niko Kovac has named a strong team to face last season's UEFA Europa League finalists, but there are also some unfamiliar names in the lineup. It's a big night for youngsters Jonas Kehl, Ryan Johansson, Daniels Ontuzans and Jann-Fiete Arp, who all come into the senior side for the first time.
HELLO AND WELCOME to our live blog of Bayern Munich's first pre-season friendly, which kicks-off the 2019 International Champions Cup. Last year's domestic treble winners take on English Premier League outfit Arsenal in a mouth-watering clash in Los Angeles.
Arsenal arrived in the US on Thursday, and the clash with Bayern will be their second on US soil following a game against the Colorado Rapids on Monday. Unai Emery has the vast majority of his squad with him, but club captain Laurent Koscielny did not travel with the team, while Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny are absent due to Africa Cup of Nations duty. Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe are two of several names in the Gunners' ensemble that will be familiar to Bundesliga fans, having spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig respectively. Former Borussia Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to lead the line against the side he registered six goals and four assists against in 17 competitive outings during his time at BVB.
Bayern will be travelling with 19 members of their first-team squad and eight U19 players, but without new signing Lucas Hernandez, who has stayed in Munich to continue his rehabilitation programme following knee surgery. Canada international Alphonso Davies has cut short his holiday after playing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup until late in June and will join the team in Los Angeles. New arrivals Benjamin Pavard and Fiete Arp will join Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Co. Stateside, while head coach Niko Kovac has not ruled out further signings. “We’re looking at what the transfer market offers up," he told the club's official website. "We have to be patient. I’m sure what our bosses have in mind will ensure we’re competitive on all fronts and can achieve our goals.”
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- Bayern have the historical advantage in this fixture, having won seven of the 13 meetings between the teams so far (D2, L4), including four of the last six in the UEFA Champions League (D1, L1).
- The teams met most recently in the ICC in July 2017. The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes in Shanghai, with Arsenal prevailing 3-2 on penalties.
- Aubameyang and Lewandowski were teammates together at Dortmund in the 2013/14 season.
- Arsenal have a large former Bundesliga contingent in their squad, including Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis (both Dortmund) and Mesut Özil (Schalke, Werder Bremen).
- Serge Gnabry joined Arsenal's youth academy at the age of 16 in 2011. He made 10 first-team appearances for the Gunners before moving to Bayern on a permanent deal in summer 2017 after a spell with Bremen.
- This is Bayern's fourth summer tour to the US. Their last trip was in 2018, when they visited Philadelphia and Miami; before then they stopped off in Chicago, Charlotte and New York in 2016 and took in New York and Portland in 2014.
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