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Harry Kane played his part as Bayern Munich got the better of Manchester United. - © imago
Harry Kane played his part as Bayern Munich got the better of Manchester United. - © imago
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Harry Kane helps Bayern Munich beat Manchester United in UEFA Champions League

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Harry Kane scored one and made another as Bayern beat Manchester United 4-3 in their UEFA Champions League Group A opener at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich 4-3 Manchester United
Goals: 1-0 Sané 28' (assist: Kane), 2-0 Gnabry 32' (assist: Musiala), 2-1 Hojlund 49' (assist: Rashford), 3-1 Kane (pen. 53'), 3-2 Casemiro 88', 4-2 Tel 90'+2 (assist: Kimmich), 4-3 Casemiro 90'+5 (assist: Fernandes)

Bayern went into the game unbeaten in a competition record 34 group-stage matches, and on a record run of 13 straight wins at this stage in the competition. Alphonso Davies and Sven Ulreich had to be alert to an early effort from Christian Eriksen, but the record Bundesliga champions soon began to flex their muscles. Leroy Sané got the all-important opener, combining with Kane before firing through the legs of André Onana. Serge Gnabry hit a second four minutes later, thanks to a superb solo run from Jamal Musiala. Sané threatened again on the stroke of half-time, but couldn't find the finish to match his trademark run inside.

Rasmus Højlund's deflected strike brought United back to within a goal of Bayern, only for Kane to restore his side's two-goal advantage seven minutes into the second half. After a VAR review adjudged Eriksen to have handled in the box, Bayern's new No.9 made no mistake from the penalty spot for 3-1. Another moment of Musiala magic set up Sané for a shot against the crossbar. Onana thwarted Kane and Sané as Thomas Tuchel's side assumed complete control. However, United managed to evoke memories of the 1999 final when Casemiro scored a late brace, but a goal between times from teenaged substitute Mathys Tel ensured Bayern got over the line with the win.

Match stats

  • Kane has five goals and two assists in six competitive appearances for Bayern.
  • Sané has scored four times in all competitions so far this season.
  • Bayern are unbeaten in 35 Champions League group games, winning their last 14 in a row - both competition records.
  • Bayern have scored at least once in their last 41 home Champions League group fixtures, since a 2-0 loss to Bordeaux in November 2009), winning 38 of them (D1, L1).
  • Bayern have never lost at home to United (W4, D2).
  • Erik ten Hag coached the Bayern reserves between 2013 and 2015, leading them into the fourth tier of German football.

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Teams

Bayern: Ulreich - Laimer, Upamecano, Kim, Davies - Kimmich (c), Goretzka - Sane (Tel 87'), Musiala (Choupo-Moting 75'), Gnabry (Coman 63') - Kane (Müller 75')
Unused subs: Peretz, Schmitt, De Ligt, Sarr, Mazraoui, Krätzig
Out: Buchmann (thigh), Guerreiro (calf), Neuer (broken leg)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel  

Man Utd: Onana - Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Reguilon - Casemiro, Eriksen (McTominay 69') - Pellistri (Garnacho 81'), Fernandes (c), Rashford - Hojlund (Martial 81')
Unused subs: Bayındır, Heaton, Vitek, Evans, Gore, Mejbri, Forson
Out: Amrabat (back), Antony (not included), Diallo (knee), Mainoo (ankle), Maguire (muscular), Malacia (knee), Mount (thigh), Sancho (not included), Shaw (muscular), Varane (muscular), Wan-Bissaka (hamstring)
Coach:
Erik ten Hag

As it happened!

4 - 3

(2 - 0)

Bayern
FINAL
Man United
Champions League
Group A, Matchday 1
Group A, Matchday 1 Allianz Arena
90'
+ 5

Full time!

And breathe! What an end to this game. Bayern just kept United at arm's length and the hosts kick-off their Group A challenge with maximum returns.
90'
+ 5

United score again

Amazing. We have a SEVENTH goal in this insane game. Casemiro gets a touch on Bruno Fernandes's free kick and directs it in.
90'
+ 5

Casemiro

GOAL!

4:3
90'
+ 2

Tel settles it

Superb control and finish from substitute Mathys Tel and Bayern surely have three points in the bag now.
90'
+ 2

Mathys Tel

GOAL!

4:2
Mathys Tel
88'

United back in it

It's game on at the Allianz Arena as Casemiro shows that persistence pays with a second for United. Bayern are in for a nervous finish.
88'

Casemiro

GOAL!

3:2
Casemiro
87'

Substitution

83'

Bayern getting closer

Choupo-Moting turns and gets the shot away. Onana is there once more.
81'

Substitution

81'

Substitution

80'

Coman this time

Another fine build up by Bayern ends with Coman having a go at goal. Onana makes a block. Will the hosts finally manage to get that fourth goal? They're in complete control here.
78'

Onana saves visitors

Choupo-Moting smacks a shot at the target but Onana makes a flying save to deny Bayern's striker.
75'

Musiala ovation

Jamal Musiala accepts the applause as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting comes on to replace Bayern's 20-year-old super attacker.
72'

Hosts still pushing

Kane, Davies and Coman combine as Bayern look to open up their opponents, who look slightly out on their feet at this stage.
68'

Substitution

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Kane milestone

After four goals in four Bundesliga games, Harry Kane has his first for Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
64'

Sané shoots

Leroy Sané thwacks an effort goalwards. The ball is moving all over the place but Onana manages to save.
63'

Bayern change

Kingsley Coman is back from injury and comes on to replace one of Bayern's goalscorers, Serge Gnabry.
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Magic Musiala

What a night Jamal Musiala is having. Bayern's magical attacker is at his brilliant best here. His latest feat is to tee up Harry Kane, who whacks a shot at goal which Onana saves.
58'

Reguilón has a pop

Sergio Reguilón takes the pass from Rashford and flashes a shot across the face of goal.
56'

Sané hits post

Thomas Tuchel's side are on fire now and they almost bag a fourth with Leroy Sané sending a shot against the upright.
53'

Kane slots home

The Bayern striker drills his penalty into the corner and the hosts are suddenly back on course for a 14th consecutive group-stage win.
53'

Harry Kane

GOAL!

3:1
Harry Kane
52'

Penalty Bayern

The referee awards Bayern a penalty and Harry Kane grabs the ball ....
51'

VAR penalty check

Possible penalty for Bayern here as Eriksen looks to have gotten his hand in the way of Upamecano's header.
48'

United back in it

The visitors are right back into this encounter via Højlund's first United goal which is deflected past Ulreich. The home fans raise the volume to lift their team after that setback.
48'

Højlund

GOAL!

2:1
46'

Away we go again

The second half is underway at the Allianz Arena.
0:19
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45'

Half time

Goals from Sané and Gnabry have Bayern in command at the break in Munich.
45'

Sané chance!

That's tasty from the Bayern attacker, who cuts inside and arcs a shot just past the far post. It would surely have been game over had that gone in.
41'

Bayern threat

Sané and Musiala go in search of a Bayern third. United hold the menacing pair at bay for now.
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Guaranteed goals

Bayern have now scored in their last 41 Champions League group stage games at the Allianz Arena. Impressive.
37'

Højlund sniff

Højlund gets above Kim and heads over the top. That was a decent chance for Erik Ten hag's side.
36'

United off target

Bruno Fernandes wallops a shot over the bar as the visitors look to bounce back.
32'

Bayern double lead

The six-time European Cup winners have doubled their lead through a fine Serge Gnabry finish after some fantastic work from Jamal Musiala. The home fans are in heaven.
32'

Serge Gnabry

GOAL!

2:0
Serge Gnabry
28'

Bayern lead !

The hosts hit the front and it's Sané who scores. The Bayern No.10 combines with Harry Kane before hitting a shot that squirms through goalkeeper Onana.
28'

Leroy Sané

GOAL!

1:0
Leroy Sané
23'

Laimer menacing

That's a good run and cross from Konrad Laimer. Casemiro is there to clear the danger for the away side but that's much better from the record Bundesliga champions.
19'

Set-piece frustration

A couple of Bayern corners but Kimmich's set-pieces have been largely foiled by United goalkeeper Onana.
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Interesting battle

There's a definite edge to this game as both sides look to outwit each other in the opening quarter. Bayern have yet to fully settle.
15'

Defensive Kane

Harry Kane is back in his own area to head clear from Bruno Fernandes's set piece. The home crowd have quietened just slightly.
14'

Bayern edging it

The hosts have had 51 per cent possession thus far but it's still United with the game's best chance until this point when Eriksen and Pellistri combined earlier.
10'

Ulreich punches

Rashford swings a cross into the centre after an Eriksen short corner but Ulreich is there to fist clear.
9'

Visitors go long

Musiala is doing his best to create for the hosts but United's long passing game is causing Bayern some problems here.
5'

United chance!

Eriksen and Pellistri combine to almost create the opening goal for the visitors. Alphonso Davies with some last-gasp defending to save the day while Ulreich then pulls off a save when Eriksen sends the loose ball goalwards. A let off for the hosts.
3'

Bayern dominating

With a couple of set pieces and plenty of possession early doors, Bayern are in command in the opening stages.
1'

Game on!

We're underway in Munich with what is a classic Champions League encounter. Who will prevail?

Electric atmosphere

The home fans are booming out shouts of "Bayern, Bayern," as we await the referee's whistle. Superb atmosphere inside the Allianz Arena.

Masters of the groups

Bayern are unbeaten in their last 34 games in the group stage, winning 31 of them - including the last 13. That run and on-going winning streak are both Champions League records. Good luck, United...
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Team news

Bayern are showing just one change to the side that started last Friday's 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen with Jamal Musiala taking the place of Thomas Müller in attack. United, meanwhile, are showing a lengthy injury list for this encounter but do have experience in midfield with Casemiro and Eriksen while Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund pose an attacking threat.

Bayern starting XI

Ulreich - Laimer, Upamecano, Kim, Davies - Kimmich (c), Goretzka - Sane, Musiala, Gnabry - Kane

Bayern subs

Peretz, Schmitt, De Ligt, Coman, Choupo-Moting, Sarr, Müller, Tel, Mazraoui, Krätzig

Man Utd starting XI

Onana - Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Reguilon - Casemiro, Eriksen - Pellistri, Fernandes (c), Rashford - Hojlund

Man Utd subs

Bayındır, Heaton, Vitek, Martial, Garnacho, Evans, McTominay, Gore, Mejbri, Forson
0:19
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As we count down to kick off, why not check out Bayern's best goals of this Bundesliga season so far?
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Goal machines

Bayern have scored at least one goal in their last 40 Champions League group stage games at the Allianz Arena. The last time the Bavarian giants drew a blank at this stage of the tournament on home soil was back in 2009 against Bordeaux.

Tuchel suspended

Lest we forget, Bayern's coach is serving a European suspension tonight so won't be on the bench for the Group A encounter. "I can't have any contact with the team in the stadium," the 50-year-old explained, "It's not nice but it's pointless discussing it. We're a strong coaching team and my assistants will deal with it."
0:26
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Watch: Kane discusses Champions League dreams

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Kane's first Bayern UCL match

Harry Kane will face English opposition for the first time since his move to Bayern, while this will also be his maiden Champions League fixture for the club. The 30-year-old has settled in well at the Allianz Arena, scoring four in as many Bundesliga encounters, and will be eager to get up and running in European competition too.

All-time head-to-head

These two teams have met 11 times in all competitions in the past, and Bayern hold an advantage, having won four of those encounters to the Red Devils' two. The Bavarians have only lost one of the last seven, succumbing 3-2 in the 2009/10 Champions League quarter-final second leg.

FCB's Home fortress

Thomas Tuchel's side have not lost in their last five home games against United, Wednesday's hosts winning three and drawing two of the teams' last meetings in Munich.
1:06
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Bayern held

The Bundesliga giants were in action last Friday and were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in Munich.

Last meeting

Bayern knocked United out at the quarter-final stage in 2013-14 thanks to a 4-2 aggregate win for the Bavarians. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben were on target for the Bavarian giants - then coached by Pep Guardiola - over the two legs.
0:45
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Incredible Allianz Arena

Enjoy a flying visit through the magnificent venue for Wednesday night's Group A opener!

Welcome along!

Hello and a very warm bundesliga.com welcome to Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League opener against Manchester United!