Harry Kane's late brace fired Bayern Munich into the UEFA Champions League knockouts as the reigning Bundesliga champions defeated Galatasaray 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Galatasaray
Goals: 1-0 Kane 80' (assist: Kimmich), 2-0 Kane 86' (assist: Tel), 2-1 Bakambu 90'+3 (assist: Oliveira)
In Istanbul two weeks ago, Bayern were put under pressure early on by a Galatasaray outfit which was roared on by a raucous home crowd before ultimately prevailing 3-1. However, in front of their own supporters, Die Roten were far more serene as they looked to secure their place in the next stage of the competition. Still, despite their superiority, clear-cut chances were hard to come by. Dayot Upamecano fired a shot over the bar from a corner in the first five minutes, while Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala shot wide before the former had Bayern's best opportunity of the first half, forcing Fernando Muslera into an important save. Galatasaray, meanwhile, looked to trouble the Bavarians on the counter-attack and, shortly before the interval, Manuel Neuer needed to be alert to keep out danger man Mauro Icardi's effort from close range. As the half-time whistle approached, Thomas Tuchel's side were dealt a blow when Musiala was forced off with a thigh issue - Thomas Müller was his replacement.
After the break, Bayern continued to have chances to break the deadlock, with Kane - quiet up until that point by his usual high standards - hitting the post on the stretch following Leon Goretzka's flick-on. The England international also headed over before Galatasaray began to pose more of a threat, as substitute Barış Alper Yılmaz also nodded an attempt over the crossbar. Shortly after the hour mark, the visitors even thought they had broken the deadlock when Lucas Torreira slotted into the corner inside the penalty area, but the strike was ruled out as Icardi was narrowly offside in the build-up. Following that decision, the intensity dropped somewhat, and the game seemed to be heading towards a goalless draw until the 80st minute. Joshua Kimmich's free-kick into the penalty area was pinpoint, allowing Kane to head beyond Muslera from close range and, despite two VAR checks, the goal eventually stood. As Galatasaray flooded forward in search of an equaliser, Bayern were able to pick them off on the break, with Kane tapping home Mathys Tel's pass. Cédric Bakambu did net a late consolation for the Süper Lig outfit, but it proved to be too little, too late as Bayern progressed to the round of 16 with two Group A games to spare.
- Kane now has 25 goals in just 36 Champions League appearances. The 30-year-old has already scored 19 goals in all competitions this term, more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues.
- Bayern are now unbeaten in 38 Champions League group games, winning their last 17 in a row – both outright competition records.
- At home in the group stage, Bayern have won 28 of their last 29 games. The one exception was a draw with Ajax in October 2018.
- They have reached the knockouts for the 20th season in a row.
- Bayern are unbeaten in all eight games they have played against Turkish opposition.
- Galatasaray have now conceded 24 goals in their six games away at German opposition, which works out at an average of four per game.
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Mazraoui, Upamecano (Laimer 72'), Kim, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Coman (Gnabry 87'), Musiala (Mükller 40'), Sané (Tel 72') - Kane
Unused subs: Peretz, Ulreich, Sarr, Pavlović, Krätzig, Choupo-Moting
Out: Buchmann (thigh), De Ligt (knee)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Galatasaray: Muslera (c) - Boey, Sánchez, Bardakcı, Angeliño (Nelsson 78') - Ayhan (Oliveira 69'), Torreira - Ziyech (B. Yılmaz 58'), Aktürkoglu, Zaha (Bakambu 79') - Icardi (Tetê 69')
Unused subs: Ordu, Güvenç, J. Yılmaz, Demirbay, Mertens, Karataş, Ndombélé
Out: Aydin (ineligible), Dervişoğlu (ineligible)
Coach: Okan Buruk
As it happened!
Full-time: Bayern 2-1 Galatasaray
Make that 38 Champions League group-stage games unbeaten for Bayern who are into the knockout stages with two games to spare, but there is a degree of relief in Bavaria - Galatasaray did not make that easy.
There are six minutes added on here...
GOAL! Bayern 2-1 Galatasaray
The visitors get one back as Oliveira plays Bakumbu in behind the Bayern back line and he fires across Neuer and into the far corner. Game back on, it seems!
Müller so close
Bayern work the ball around in the confined space on the edge of the penalty area before it's played through to Müller, who swivels instantly and chips over the advancing Muslera...only to watch his shot roll just wide of the far post. Very nearly a third
That's the Bayern forward's 25th Champions League goal in his career, his fourth of the current campaign, his 19th in all competitions and - you may want to sit down for this - his 10th in his last five competitive outings.
GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Galatasaray
Kane again, this time Müller rolls a pass into the run of Tel just to his left. The French youngster sends a first-time cross low to the far side where Kane sidefoots home to surely put this game to bed and Bayern into the knockout stages.
Bayern into the last 16?
That goal would mean Bayern join champions City and fellow Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in the Round of 16 with two games to spare. They would not be assured of top spot in Group A just yet though.
The goal was initially in doubt due to an offside flag raised...but was then given. But just as Galatasaray are about to kick off, there's another check...for a foul by Müller...but that is also not given and the goal stands.
GOAL! Bayern 1-0 Galatasaray
Kimmich stands behind a free-kick to the right of centre, some 25 metres from goal. Great delivery as always from the Germany international, it's Kane who gets his head on it...and directs it inside the far post. Fantastic ball in, trademark clinical finishing from Kane.
A rare Bayern blank?
This would be only the second time in 15 Champions League games that Bayern have failed to score, the previous being last season's 3-0 quarter-final first leg loss at Manchester City.
Time will Tel
Mathys Tel has had a habit of coming off the bench to score for Bayern this season. In fact, the France U21 forward has five strikes in 12 cameo appearances, and is averaging a goal every 12 minutes in the Champions League. Tonight, he's got about 18, should be plenty of time!!
Bayern drag their opponents out of shape with another wide ball to Coman. His cross ricochets of Müller. It's dropping invitingly for Sané, but Torreira throws himself acrobatically in front of the Bayern man's close-range shot. Great defending.
Coman...drags it wide
The France international has had an effective game, but can't quite find the final ball or the finishing touch. He tries his luck with a first-time effort from the edge of the area, but sends his shot across the face of goal and even beyond Davies' desperate lunge.
Torreira strike ruled out
The visitors have the ball in the net - as they have threatened to do already tonight - as Torreira scrambles it home after Icardi caused havoc in the Bayern area, but the offside flag is up. There was not a lot in that. That's a big let-off for Bayern.
The free-kick from that Davies foul comes in from the right, substitute Barış Alper Yılmaz rises, and though the ball is behind him, he gets real power on the header...too much, in fact, as it flies over the crossbar.
Davies in trouble?
The Canada international has already been booked when - following a tussle with Torreira in the Bayern left-back position - he lunges in. It's a free-kick to the visitors, but the only card shown is to the Galatasaray coach for his overly vehement demands that the Bayern player get a second yellow.
Kane heads over
Müller's cross is turned behind by Boey for a corner...the set piece comes in and finds Kane climbing highest, but he can't keep his header down.
Kane finds the post
Coman again has space on the right. His cross finds Goretza, who can't direct his header on target but his miscued effort runs for Kane lunging in at the back post - the England captain's touch directs the ball off the post. Bayern so close to the opener.
Angeliño happy to be back?
That's not certain. The on-loan RB Leipzig man played Bayern six times in Germany, and didn't win any of those encounters, losing half of them.
The second half has picked up where the first half ended: Bayern looking like they're in control of things, but Galatasaray suggesting that any sniff of a half-chance and they might take it.
...and we're back
The second half kicks off at the Allianz Arena. No further changes for either side...Müller has actually been out there a while already after coming on for Musiala late in the first half. Clearly the veteran feels he needed some additional warming up.
Half time: Bayern 0-0 Galatasaray
You have to wonder how this is still goalless! Bayern looked dangerous so many times, Muslera has made a couple of good saves from Sané, while but for Neuer, Galatasaray would be ahead. Another what will surely be entertaining 45 minutes to come.
Same old Neuer
Very much against the run of play, Galatasaray come close to opening the scoring: Ziyech spots the run as Icardi finds just a yard of space inside the penalty area, but who's there when the Argentine forward's first-time shot spits goalwards? Do we really need to tell you?
Musiala off, Müller on
Musiala limps round the edge of the pitch to the dugout. In his place, Müller is on for his 147th Champions League appearance, all of them for Bayern.
All the play is heading towards Muslera's goal...Kane twists Torreira inside out and slips a fantastic pass through to Musiala. The offside flag is up though, and the Bayern youngster makes the universal signal that means he needs to come off.
Ayhan saves the day
Coman again bursts down the right and once more - instead of putting the ball into the middle of the penalty box - cuts it back looking for Musiala. This time, Ayhan is aware of the danger, and slides in to intercept and snuff out the chance.
Sané sends a free-kick to the back post where Goretzka is unmarked, but the ball is just a little too high and he can only send his header well over Muslera's goal.
Sané denied again
Kane finds Goretzka in an advanced position. The Germany international spies Sané charging past him and slides the ball into the run. With Boey at close quarters, Sané can't quite get a clean shot away, and the advancing Muslera blocks the Bayern forward's toe-poked effort.
Bayern string passes together from Neuer's ball out from the back. Coman gives and goes down the right, plays it into the feet of Musiala, who - from the right corner of the box - zips a curling shot just wide of the far post. Another close one, and what a goal that would have been!
Bayern in control
The hosts have had some 57 per cent of possession so far, and look dangerous with it.
That was close
Bayern sweep forward with real menace. Coman looks up from the right and plays a ball inside to Sané, who measures a curling shot just wide of the far post. Lovely move from the hosts.
Not such happy days for Fonzie as Bayern's flying Canada international is - probably for the first time in his jet-heeled life - late, catching Boey in a tackle to earn himself the game's first yellow card.
Kane digs a chipped through ball behind the visiting back line. Sané races onto it, but as he tries to round Muslera, the veteran goalkeeper gets a solid hand on the ball and the chance is gone. Bayern cutting through for the first time though.
Sané comes over to the left to take Bayern's first corner of the game, but sends his set-piece over the head of everyone in the penalty area.
Seemingly in a tight spot just outside his own penalty area, Davies produces some twinkle-toed magic: he waltzes between two Galatasaray players before nutmegging a third. That was a thing of beauty.
The scoreline of the game in Istanbul did not totally reflect the match, and Galatasaray have clearly come to Germany intent on mixing it once again with Thomas Tuchel's men.
There's a lot of energy going into the game from both sides. Bayern are pressing really high up the pitch, as you might expect.
1st half kicks off
We've kicked off in Munich - Bayern in their black-and-purple European kit, the visitors in their traditional red and orange.
Ordu, Güvenç, J. Yılmaz, Demirbay, Mertens, Tetê, Nelsson, Oliveira, B. Yılmaz, Karataş, Ndombélé, Bakambu
Peretz, Ulreich, Sarr, Laimer, Pavlović, Krätzig, Gnabry, Choupo-Moting, Tel, Müller
Neuer is back!Manuel Neuer is playing in his first Champions League game since 4 October last year, and the 5-0 defeat of Viktoria Plzen. Welcome back, Manu!
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Galatasaray starting XI
Galatasaray: Muslera (c) - Boey, Sánchez, Bardakcı, Angeliño - Ayhan, Torreira - Ziyech, Aktürkoglu, Zaha - Icardi
Bayern's starting XI
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Mazraoui, Upamecano, Kim, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Coman, Musiala, Sané - Kane
Müller, a fan of Pavlović"Aleks played [against Dortmund] the way I expected. He's a great lad. I like the way he plays. We get along well too. I spend a lot of time with him – during the warm-up and during the substitute training sessions," said the Bayern icon. "I enjoy playing with Aleks because I know with him something can always happen offensively. He's always looking up and plays football the way I know it."
Pavlović to make CL debut?
After coming off the bench to register his first Bundesliga assist in the weekend Klassiker win, homegrown midfielder Aleksandar Pavlović could make his Champions League debut tonight.
In-Sané in EuropeHe's got a goal and an assist in the Champions League this season. With a total of 11 goals and eight assists, Sané has been involved in an incredible 19 goals in his last 19 starts in Europe's premier club competition.
Stop Kane...but then there's SanéLeroy Sané has already equalled his best-ever single-season Bundesliga tally - and four of his nine strikes in all competitions have been set up by his freshly arrived teammate, while he provided two of Kane's three goals in Bayern's Klassiker demolition of Borussia Dortmund.
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Is Harry Kane the world's best striker right now?Harry Kane has hit the ground running at Bayern Munich since his record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. Is he the best striker in the world right now? He has 15 goals and five assists in just 10 Bundesliga games, the first Bayern player ever - that means better than Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gomez, Luca Toni, Claudio Pizarro, Gerd Müller et al - to score so often in his first 10 league appearances for the record German champions. In fact, nobody in Bundesliga history had ever netted 15 times in so few games. That's before you add in his two goals and two assists in three European outings to go with it. Anyone want to argue with the headline? No, thought not.
No comment needed
Since the introduction of the current format in 2003/04, Bayern have picked up more wins  and boast the best win rate [73.5%] of all teams in the group stages of Europe's premier club competition.
Podolski: 'Kane is outstanding'Lukas Podolski, former Bayern and Galatasaray forward, has been impressed by the England captain's start to life in Bavaria: "The quality in attack, in particular, was always very high during my time, and it is again now. In Harry Kane, they have an outstanding and clinical striker. It's important at Bayern to have someone up front who converts the many chances."
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Tuchel's Kane praise Harry Kane brought his goals tally for the current campaign up to 17 in 14 matches in all competitions with a third hat-trick of the season against Dortmund at the weekend. "You can't praise his performances highly enough," coach Tuchel said of Bayern's superstar striker, who will be looking to add to his two Champions League goals this season when Bayern face Galatasaray later. "It's always been clear to me what he's capable of and that he can do it on any football pitch in the world," the tactician added. "He's a great person and a superb athlete."
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"A sly fox"Asked who his side will be keeping close tabs on this evening, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said in quotes appearing on the Bavarians' website: "Mauro Icardi is a super striker who's unpredictable and has that certain something else. He's also a sly fox, as we saw with the penalty [he scored in the corresponding fixture]. He has no fear, he's a very brave striker and particularly strong in the box. We know what we're up against."
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Watch: Every Kane Bundesliga goalSit back and take a few minutes to enjoy Kane's league strikes this season!
Kane on fire
Summer signing Kane hasn't taken long to adapt to his new club. His hat-trick at the weekend versus Dortmund took his tally to 17 strikes in just 13 games so far this term, while he has also managed seven assists. His career Champions League haul stands at 23 efforts in 35 outings - he will be looking to add to that here.
Bayern looking to extend Champions League record
The six-time European champions have made light work of the group stages in recent years. They are unbeaten in their previous 37 such encounter, while they won each of their last 16 - a competition record.
Bayern team newsThomas Tuchel also has close to a full squad to choose from. However, Matthijs de Ligt suffered a damaged collateral ligament in the 2-1 DFB Cup loss to Saarbrücken and will therefore be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
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Galatasaray team newsOkan Buruk has just one absentee for this clash, with Tanguy Ndombele nursing an injury that will keep him out of his encounter.
Form - Galatasaray
The defeat against Bayern remains the Turkish champions' only loss in all competitions this term. They top the table in their homeland, winning 10 and drawing one of their 11 matches, while they drew with Copenhagen and beat Manchester United in their other group stage encounters.
Bayern and Galatasaray have faced off on three occasions, with the former so far unbeaten. Der Rekordmeister won 7-1 on aggregate in the first round of the 1972/73 European Cup, and triumphed at Rams Park 3-1 two weeks ago.
On the brink
Die Roten can secure their place in the knockout stages with a victory over the Turkish outfit. Three wins from their opening three matches have put them in full control of the group, and defeat for Galatasaray means they will no longer be able to catch Thomas Tuchel's side.
Watch: Dortmund 0-4 Bayern - highlightsBayern made a statement in the Bundesliga at the weekend as they hammered perennial rivals Borussia Dortmund 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park, with star man Harry Kane bagging his third hat-trick since moving to Bavaria from Tottenham Hotspur.
Follow all of the build-up and live action here as Bayern Munich host Galatasaray in their UEFA Champions League clash.