Robert Lewandowski scored a brace – taking his tally to 12 goals in eight games this season - as Bayern Munich made it three wins from as many UEFA Champions League Group A games with a 6-2 triumph away to Salzburg on Tuesday.
Salzburg 2-6 Bayern Munich
Goals: 1-0 Berisha (4'), 1-1 Lewandowski (pen. 21'), 1-2 Kristensen (o.g. 44'), 2-2 Okugawa (66'), 2-3 Boateng (79'), 2-4 Sane (83'), 2-5 Lewandowski (88'), 2-6 Hernandez (90'+2)
A blink-and-you-miss it first half was over seemingly as soon as it started, as the teams traded punch and counter-punch in a breathless first 45 minutes. Salzburg’s fierce pressing and aggressive running caught Bayern cold as early as the fourth minute when Mergim Berisha collected the rebound after Sekou Koita’s shot was blocked on the edge of the box, before rifling in an angled drive past Manuel Neuer. The Bayern bear well and truly poked, Hansi Flick’s charges set about restoring order, with Lewandowski firing over and Thomas Müller seeing his effort cleared off the line by Andre Ramalho before the visitors were awarded a penalty, which was then overturned after a VAR review. Serge Gnabry also had an effort disallowed, but the reigning European champions did eventually equalise after Müller was tripped inside the box, allowing Lewandowski to convert from the spot. Müller was involved again as Bayern edged ahead on the stroke of half-time, drilling a devilish ball across the face of goal that Salzburg defender Rasmus Kristensen could only turn into his own net.
The match continued at the same breakneck pace after the interval, and Salzburg should have equalised within seconds of the restart as Enock Mwepu found himself unmarked at the back post, only to see Neuer claw his goal-bound shot around the post. There were seemingly chances at each end with every forward foray as the roles became blurred in a fascinating game of cat-and-mouse. Gnabry, Lewandowski and Müller all had promising openings as the match wore on, but it was Salzburg who struck next as substitute Masaya Okugawa, who had only been on the pitch for a few seconds, stole in between two defenders to collect Ramalho’s pass and slot past Neuer. Bayern’s class told in the closing stages as the home team tired, though, with Jerome Boateng heading in from a Joshua Kimmich corner, before the Bayern No.6 provided another assist shortly afterwards, teeing up substitute Leroy Sane to put the outcome beyond Salzburg’s reach. Lewandowski and Lucas Hernandez added two more late on to add gloss to the scoreline and extend Bayern’s run to 14 consecutive wins in the competition.
- Lewandowski was the top scorer in last season's competition with 15 goals. His brace in this game were his first in the Champions League in 2020/21.
- Bayern stretched their Champions League record run of wins to 14, and 15 in all UEFA competitions including their Super Cup win over Sevilla.
- Bayern are now unbeaten in 15 away European matches (W12 D3) since a 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage. Outside Munich, they have won 10 in a row.
- The 2019/20 Champions League winners have only failed to score in one game this calendar year, a 0-0 draw with RB Leipzig in February.
- Müller has played 118 matches in the Champions League. No German has played in the competition more. This was his 547th competitive appearance for Bayern, drawing him level with Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck. Only Gerd Müller (565) has played more times for the record champions among outfield players since Bundesliga promotion in 1965.
- Salzburg coach Marsch was assistant to Ralf Rangnick at RB Leipzig in 2018/19.
Salzburg: Stankovic - Kristensen, Ramalho, Wöber, Ulmer (c) - Mwepu, Camara, Junuzovic (Okugawa 65'), Szoboszlai - Koita (Okafor 65'), Berisha (Onguene 76')
Unused subs: Coronel, Walke, Ashimeru, Vallci, Solet, Farkas
Out: Bernede (shin), Daka (hamstring), Diakite (knee), Diarra (knee)
Coach: Jesse Marsch
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Pavard (Sarr 74'), Boateng, Alaba, Hernandez - Kimmich, Tolisso (Martinez 74') - Gnabry (Musiala 90'+1), Müller (Costa 90'+1), Coman (Sane 74') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Nübel, Choupo-Moting, Zirkzee, Roca
Out: Davies (ankle), Goretzka (calf), Nianzou (thigh), Sieb (ankle), Süle (not included)
Coach: Hansi Flick
As it happened!
The margin of victory is perhaps a tad unfair on the home team, who went toe-to-toe with the European champions for the first 80 minutes or so. Fatigue then seemed to hit, with Bayern smashing in four goals in the closing stages to take a third win from as many Champions League games.
90'+2 HERNANDEZ ON THE SCORESHEET!
Costa's cross from the left isn't properly cleared and it falls to Hernandez, who lashes in Bayern's sixth from close range.
90'+1' TWO SUBS FOR BAYERN
Musiala and Costa come on for Gnabry and Müller.
90' STANKOVIC STOPS SANE
The Bayern winger has space to shoot from the edge of the box, but his low drive is kept out by the Salzburg keeper.
There will be two minutes of added time.
88' LEWANDOWSKI BRACE!
Lovely interplay between Martinez and Sarr on the right, culminating in the former floating a teasing cross to the back post, where Lewandowski beats two defenders to the ball, sending his header back across goal and beating the wrong-footed Stankovic.
83' SANE SEALS THE DEAL!
Kimmich darts forward down the right and slots the ball into Sane's path. The Germany international wastes little time in shooting, burying it past Stankovic to surely give Bayern all three points here.
79' BOATENG MAKES IT THREE!
Kimmich curls in the corner from the left and finds Boateng, who leaps above his marker to guide a header into the corner!
79' ANOTHER LEWANDOWSKI FREE-KICK
Müller is bundled to the ground by Kristensen on the edge of the box and Lewandowski takes the ensuing set-piece again. This one is also blocked, going out for a corner.
76' ANOTHER SUB FOR SALZBURG
Onguene replaces Berisha for the hosts.
74' TRIPLE CHANGE
Bayern coach Flick makes his first changes of the game, bringing on Sarr, Martinez and Sane for Pavard, Tolisso and Coman.
72' CHANCE FOR OKAFOR!
Salzburg find space down the left as Okafor charges forward. He cuts inside Boateng and gets caught in two minds as to whether to pass to a teammate or go for a shot himself. He eventually opts for the latter, but it's a comfortable save for Neuer from 12 yards.
66' OKUGAWA EQUALISES!
The Salzburg substitute has only been on the pitch for a few seconds, but he's already drawn his side level. Ramalho wins a tussle for possession with Lewandowski and threads a ball in between the Bayern defence for Okugawa, who finishes from 10 yards.
65' TWO SUBS FOR SALZBURG
Okafor comes in for Koita, and Okugawa replaces Junuzovic.
64' COMAN HITS THE BAR!
Gnabry plays in Coman on the left, and his brilliant first touch takes him past his marker and in to a position to shoot, but it hits the top of the bar and goes over.
63' SZOBOSZLAI FROM RANGE
The Salzburg midfielder tries his luck from about 20 yards out, cracking a low shot at goal. It's well struck, but not well enough to beat someone like Neuer.
62' STANKOVIC DENIES GNABRY!
Bayern break forward with Tolisso and go three-on-one. The Frenchman lays it off perfectly into Gnabry's path, and his instant shot is destined to creep inside the near post, only for Stankovic to stick out a hand and block it for a corner.
59' KIMMICH GOES CLOSE
At the moment it's a game of counter-attack, counter-attack, counter-attack... and nothing in between. Bayern go close to putting daylight between the teams as Lewandowski cuts in from the left and lays the ball off to Kimmich on the edge of the area, but his first-time shot goes a couple of inches wide of the post.
57' SILKY FROM KIMMICH
Salzburg get forward well and float a cross from left to right, looking for Mwepu. Kimmich has spotted the danger though, and leaps to cut it out, cushioning the calmest of headers back to Neuer.
54' LEWY FREE-KICK
Tolisso is fouled a couple of yards outside the penalty area, giving the white shirts a free-kick in promising territory. Lewandowski does his hop-skip technique, but curls his shot into the wall.
52' VITAL FROM BOATENG
Berisha times his run to collect a dangerous-looking through-ball into the Bayern box. He's only got Neuer to beat if he can get a shot away, but Boateng strides in to get a toe on the ball.
49' PAVARD ALMOST IN
Gnabry charges forward on the right, heading towards the Salzburg penalty area. He sees Pavard on the overlap out of the corner of his eye and tries to slot it into his run, but his pass is just too strong and a defender comes across to cover.
46' STUNNING SAVE FROM NEUER
The hosts have a glorious chance to level withing seconds of the restart as Mwepu gets on the end of a sweeping cross from the left, but his precise shot towards the far corner is tipped around the post by Neuer's fingertips.
46' SECOND HALF
We're underway again in Salzburg!
And breathe! Bayern have the edge following a gripping first 45 minutes. They've had both a penalty and a goal disallowed, but certainly haven't had things all their own way. Salzburg are lightning-fast in transition and have caused the visiting rearguard a few headaches already.
45'+2 CLOSE FROM GNABRY
The Germany international cuts in from the right wing and lines up a shot towards the far post with his left foot. He strikes it well from about 16 yards out, but drags it wide of the target.
44' KRISTENSEN OWN GOAL!
Müller scampers down the right to collect Lewandowski's deft flick. He gets into the box and looks for a teammate in the middle, but there are too many red shirts for him to pick anyone out. Instead, he opts to drive the ball across the face of goal, resulting in Kristensen heading into his own neet.
41' MWEPU AT THE BACK POST
A nice break from Salzburg, who spread the ball wide on the right to Berisha. He spies Mwepu arriving at the far post and pings a ball towards him. The Zambian gets his head on it, but it's too tame to trouble Neuer, who collects with ease.
37' LEWANDOWSKI WAYWARD
Coman finds space down the left and plays a low ball inside to Lewandowski, just outside the Salzburg area. He shifts it on to his left foot and has a clear sight of goal, but fires over the bar.
35' HALF-CHANCE FOR LEWY
Lewandowski brings down Gnabry's cross on his chest and thinks about going for an overhead kick for a moment, before opting to bring the ball down. He spins to shoot on the turn, but Ramalho is there again to block.
32' TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE
Not many teams have played like this against Bayern, pressing them high, quickly and in considerable numbers. It's a risky game, as Flick's side are ruthless on the break, but Salzburg are executing well so far.
29' WIDE FROM TOLISSO
Kimmich is fouled, about 35 yards out, wide on the left. He bends in the free-kick, which is met by Tolisso, but the Frenchman can't direct his header on target.
27' RAMALHO TO THE RESCUE AGAIN!
Lovely, quick interplay from Bayern just outside the Salzburg box and the ball is worked to Coman. He instantly gets a shot away, curling a right-footed effort towards the far post, but former Bayer Leverkusen defender Ramalho is well placed again to head clear.
23' OVER FROM SZOBOSZLAI
Salzburg win a free-kick right on the edge of the Bayern box, left of centre, and Szoboszlai lines it up. He strikes it sweetly, but can't get enough dip on the ball and it whistles over Neuer's goal.
21' LEWANDOWSKI EQUALISES FROM THE SPOT!
Müller is fouled by Mwepu as he attempts to turn inside the box, and this time it is a penalty. Lewandowski steps up and sends Stankovic the wrong way.
20' TOLISSO'S SHOT BLOCKED
Another rapid attack from Bayern as Müller charges into space on the right. He spies Tolisso arriving on the edge of the penalty area, but his attempted shot is blocked on its way to goal.
17' OUTSTANDING FROM NEUER
Ramalho is afforded a free header from a corner, thundering an effort at goal from about 10 yards out, but Neuer reacts quickly and palms it clear.
16' GNABRY SCORES... DISALLOWED!
Gnabry has the ball in the net, drilling in a superb low drive into the far corner from a tight angle, but it's chalked off as the Germany international was marginally offside in the build-up.
13' NO PENALTY!
After a VAR review, Dutch referee Danny Makkelie decides to overturn his original decision.
12' PENALTY TO BAYERN!
Hernandez is tripped by Szoboszlai in the area, and the referee points to the spot!
11' RAMAHLO OFF THE LINE!
Müller does brilliantly to win the ball just outside the Salzburg area and slides a pass into Gnabry. He cuts inside and shoots, but Ramahlo clears it off the line!
8' OVER FROM LEWANDOWSKI
Bayern with a glorious chance to equalise as Lewandowski collects a long ball forward, turns and shoots from around 15 yards. He normally puts those away with ease, but this one balloons over the bar.
7' END TO END
There's not a moment for the players to catch their breath as the play switches from one end of the pitch to the other at great pace. Salzburg are taking the game to Bayern and trying to hit the on the counter at every opportunity.
4' SALZBURG TAKE THE LEAD!
Koita's attempted shot from the edge of the box is blocked, and the rebound falls kindly at the feet of Berisha. He's still got some work to do though, but drills a wicked shot past Neuer from a tightish angle on the left.
3' FRENETIC OPENING
Both teams have come out all guns blazing, pressing high and harrying in numbers. The hosts have the first opening of sorts as Szoboszlai is played into space on the left, but his low cross into the middle is cut out.
And we're off as Salzburg get the ball rolling!
The anthem is blaring out and the teams are lined up on the pitch. It's almost go time.
FLICK FULL OF RESPECT
As sensational as his record may be, Flick is taking nothing for granted in Austria. “Salzburg have been doing an outstanding job for a number of years," the 55-year-old said at his pre-match press conference.
"They have talented young players, a modern style of play and try to find the direct route to goal. It’s top work. It’ll be an exciting game.” Nevertheless, his objective his clear: "We want to contest the games in the group stage successfully."
ANNIVERSARY FOR FLICK
Today marks exactly one year since Flick took over as Bayern head coach, following Niko Kovac's departure. Since then he has steered the side to 43 wins in 47 games - not to mention the quintuple of Bundesliga, DFB Cup, Champions League, DFL Supercup and UEFA Super Cup trophies.
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Just 80 miles separate these two, but this is nevertheless the first competitive meeting between the teams.
There are no surprises in the starting line-ups for either team, with both coaches opting for tried and trusted players. Süle and Goretzka are the most recent absentees, the former isolating at home after testing positive for Covid-19, while Goretzka is resting a calf complaint.
Bayern are out to make it three wins from three in Group A this season, and 14 victories on the bounce in the competition overall, against a Salzburg side propping up the section with just one point to show from their first two games.