Bayern Munich exit UEFA Champions League at hands of Manchester City
Thomas Tuchel's Bayern Munich mustered a rousing UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg response against Manchester City - with Joshua Kimmich scoring a second-half penalty - but the hosts ultimately lost out to Pep Guardiola's side on aggregate.
Bayern Munich 1-1 Manchester City (agg: 1-4)
Goals: 0-1 Haaland 57', 1-1Kimmich (pen.) 83
Spurred on by a vociferous home crowd at the Allianz Arena, Bayern took the game to their opponents in the early stages. Returning from a knee injury, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - a scorer of four goals in his six Champions League games this season - provided a threatening, physical presence while Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane were in creative mood. As the Bundesliga leaders hit their stride, an opener was on the cards when the men in red burst away on the counter. Jamal Musiala fed Sane, whose chipped finish edged wide of the upright. At the other end, Dayot Upamecano was relieved when VAR spotted an offside in the build-up to a move that initially led to a red card for the France defender, who had pulled Erling Haaland back. Sane then drew a smart stop from goalkeeper Ederson as the second-leg pulsed.
The lively Coman kept home hopes high after the restart, the sprightly attacker continuing to seek openings while testing the City defence. Aware that adding to their first-leg haul here in Munich would likely kill off the Bayern challenge, City went in search of a goal. Yann Sommer did well to prevent the English Premier League side when saving well from Haaland after the Norwegian broke through to create a one-v-one with the Swiss keeper. There was little the former Borussia Mönchengladbach custodian could do soon afterwards, however, when Haaland slammed home to complete a City counter-thrust. Mathys Tel had an effort ruled out for offside as Bayern kept up a gallant fight that was eventually rewarded when Kimmich swept in from the penalty spot after Manuel Akanji was adjudged to have handled. Tuchel will now look to lift his side for their return to Bundesliga action and Saturday's test in Mainz.
This was Bayern's 21st appearance in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals – a competition record.
Bayern won their first eight games in this season's tournament 21-2, before defeat in the last eight, first leg.
Sane and Choupo-Moting finished as Bayern's top scorers in the 2022/23 Champions League with four goals apiece.
Bayern have scored at least once in their last 46 home games in the Champions League.
The Bavarian giants were making their 26th appearance in the Champions League, while this was the 15th consecutive season they played in European football's elite competition.
Champions League Quarter-final, 2nd leg Quarter-final, 2nd leg Allianz Arena
Full time! Bayern 1-1 Man City (agg. 1-4)
Bayern bow out at the quarter-final stage for the third time in a row since winning the Champions League in 2019/20. They had chances at 0-0 on the night, but it was always going to be a tall order. The focus now turns to defending the Bundesliga title.
Davies does really well to keep the ball in a ping a cross into the six-yard box. Mane lets it run across his body and blazes over from close range.
Time added on
Five added minutes for Bayern to find another goal, or two, or three...
Stanisic is booked after a foul on Grealish on the edge of the area. Gündogan plays it back to the victim of that challenge, who immediately turns towards the corner in a bid to run down the clock.
Kimmich plays a brilliantly disguised pass into the feet of Coman. He cuts in and has a shot blocked, but is flagged for offside as Tel tucks away the rebound.
The Bayern fans are still making themselves heard as Müller and 17-year-old Tel replace Musiala and Choupo-Moting respectively. The belief that was so palpable in the build-up and throughout the first half isn't quite there now.
Hammer blow for Bayern. No one gambles at the back post as Ederson blocks Coman's low strike across goal. Stones launches it long for Haaland, who knocks it down for De Bruyne and continues his run. The ex-Dortmund man gets it back, wriggles away from Upamecano and fires high into the net from inside the area. Bayern now need four goals...
Kimmich and Gündogan come to blows after contesting a ball over the top. Both are cautioned, before the whistle sounds for half time. Bayern have dominated for long spells and created chances, while Haaland blazed a penalty over at the other end. It's as you were - the record champions still need to find three goals...
Coman breaks away and feeds the run of Musiala in the City box. He appears to slip, but manages to recover his footing to cut the ball back for Choupo-Moting. His back-heeled attempt is blocked, and so is Coman's follow-up strike.
After Sane whips a snap-shot wide, Ederson is booked for taking far too long over the ensuing goal-kick.
Musiala controls well on the edge of the box, before being bumped over by Rodri. There's contact, but not enough in the referee's book.
Coman on the left this time. He asks the question with a ball into the box. Ake slips as Sane collects. He could shoot, but opts to cut it back for Goretzka, who balloons over.
Coman wins a free-kick against Ake on the right-hand side. Sane whips it over the ball, but Ederson flies to his left to beat it away. That was creeping in at the near post.
Red card overturned!
Hearts in Bayern mouths as the referee brandishes a red card to Upamecano. He was the last man as Haaland collected a ball over the top, but an offside flag gives the Bayern defender a reprieve.
So close for Bayern. Dias loses out in the Bayern half, prompting a lightning break. Musiala clips it behind Stones for the run of Sane, who clips the ball over the advancing Ederson but wide of the far post.
Sommer does really well to smother a De Bruyne cross at the feet of Gündogan. Warning for Bayern.
Dias upends Coman, just when he was threatening to show Ake another clean pair of heels. Despite his protestations, the referee is unmoved.
Cancelo invites the challenge from Cancelo, who collects an early booking. He'll have to watch his step against his parent club now...
Coman has the beating of Ake. He races away for the third time and pulls a ball back that the back-tracking Silva snuffs out in front of Choupo-Moting.
The Bayern winger breezes past Ake again, before sending in a cross for Choupo-Moting. It's just over the Cameroonian, but Sane keeps the chance alive. His cross is headed clear, though.
Fast start from Bayern. Choupo-Moting presses Dias high to force the mistake. Coman picks it up, but there's an offside flag that comes to City's rescue as the Frenchman goes to ground on the corner of the box.
Coman takes on Ake and beats him. It's a teasing cross, but Stones beats Choupo-Moting to it. His presence will be key in the City penalty box.
Let's do this!
There's a slight delay to kick-off as chants of 'Bayern, Bayern!' reverberate around the Allianz Arena. The locals are really up for this!
Bayern are in all red. City are in their fluorescent change strip. It's very loud... the stadium, not the visiting kit...
Bayern need to score three goals without reply just to level the tie. A 3-0 win in 90 minutes would force extra-time, and the prospect of penalties, but any other scoreline will wrap up the contest, one way or another, in 90 minutes.
The 12th man
Stirring stuff at the Allianz. The fans are in full voice and the place is decked in red and white. As long as there's a chance, they'll keep believing...
The Bayern boss spelled things out in his pre-match media briefing yesterday. "We’ve tried to break it down into smaller steps," the tactician explained. “First, it’s about the first half, sending the right message, accepting the duels, being clever and brave in possession. I think the fans will notice that and will be ready to create an energy in the stadium that will carry through the game, making special things possible.”
Bayern, of course, have won the European Cup six times in their history. City have yet to get their name on the coveted trophy.
The Choupo-Moting effect
Just how important will Bayern's Cameroon star be here tonight? In what has been an incredible campaign so far for the 34-year-old, the striker has scored 17 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions. In the Champions League this term, Choupo-Moting has managed four goals in six appearances.
Bayern are showing two changes to the team that began last Tuesday's defeat in Manchester. Joao Cancelo is in at left-back to replace Alphonso Davies - who drops to the bench - while up top, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is back, with Serge Gnabry among the substitutes. City, meanwhile, go with the same line-up that started against Thomas Tuchel's side last week.
Bayern forward Sadio Mane knows just what it takes to pull off an unlikely turnaround in Europe. The former Liverpool favourite was part of Jürgen Klopp's side that fought back from a 3-0 first-leg reverse against Barcelona four years ago to reach the Champions League showpiece thanks to a 4-0 return-leg win at Anfield. Will Bayern and Mane achieve a similar come-from-behind feat tonight?
An early goal would be of huge benefit to Bayern's cause at the Allianz Arena later. Former FCB legend Roy Makaay scored the Champions League's fastest-ever goal [10.12 seconds] against Real Madrid in 2007. A goal as quick as that might be a big ask for the defending Bundesliga champions, but you catch our drift.
As part of their build-up to this evening's second leg, Bayern have interviewed several of the team's fans. "I always believe in the miracle," one of those supporters said. Should the record champions manage to turn around a 3-0 deficit to advance, it would be up there with one of the all-time great comebacks. But if anyone can do it, Bayern can.
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The hosts will hope to show that tonight too!
Good to be back for Pep
He won three Bundesliga titles and two DFB Cups during his time in charge of Bayern from 2013 to 2016. Man City coach Pep Guardiola said ahead of the second leg: "I had an incredible time here with my family. Bayern are an incredible club, but we are here on business - to get a win."
The French full-back has a propensity for finding the net in spectacular style - no surprise when you see how much he works on his volleying technique!
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Sane's time to shine?
The German international had a few shots in the first leg and he has tended to rise to the occasion in the Champions League this season. He has one assist and four goals - that's as many strikes as Messi, Benzema and Osimhen in the current competition.
Bayern have won five of their last six Champions League knockout ties against English opposition, beating Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. They have also won two of three previous Champions League home games against Man City.
Time for some Musiala magic?
The 20-year-old trickster had a tough time like his team-mates in Manchester, but he has the vision, skills and drive to succeed in the return leg - and perhaps inspire a huge comeback!
Can they do it?
A list of Bayern's Champions League results in Munich this season gives reason for optimism:
Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona,
Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktoria Plzen,
Bayern Munich 2-0 Inter Milan,
Bayern Munich 2-0 PSG
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It'll be a tall task to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit against English champions Manchester City, but if anyone can, Bayern can!
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First leg report
Bayern Munich will go into next week’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City needing to recover from a 3-0 deficit after losing the first leg in England.
The hosts went on the front foot from the outset and almost forced an early goal when former Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland was a whisker away from intercepting a clearance from Yann Sommer. Haaland had his team’s next opening too following a neat flick from Jack Grealish, but he opted for precision over power from the edge of the box; his shot ended up having neither and rolled straight into Sommer’s hands. The hosts eventually took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark when Rodri cut inside Jamal Musiala and curled an eye-catching strike into the top corner. Musiala had Bayern’s best chance of the half, but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Ruben Dias, while former City star Leroy Sane fizzed a long-range drive wide of the post. Thomas Tuchel’s side were grateful to Sommer that the scoreline was not any higher at the interval, the Swiss stopper producing a stunning block to keep out a close-range Ilkay Gündogan volley.
Bayern were far more proactive at the start of the second half and had three opportunities within the first eight minutes – all for Sane, and all of which were parried clear by Ederson. Leon Goretzka then had a deflected cross that sent the City goalkeeper scrambling to tip the ball over the bar before Kingsley Coman had a header blocked in a period of intense Bayern powerplay. Yet Pep Guardiola’s side retained a serious threat and Sommer made two superb stops in quick succession from Nathan Ake and Dias to keep the Reds in the game. There was nothing the Swiss custodian could do about City’s second goal, though. Grealish played Haaland clear down the left following a mistake by Dayot Upamecano and the Norwegian’s cross was headed in by Bernardo Silva at the back post. Worse was to come from a Bayern perspective after they half-cleared a corner, only for John Stones to tee up Haaland to slot in on the volley and put the English Premier League champions firmly in control of the tie.