It was a case of men against Bhoys as Bayern Munich got back to winning ways in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, easing to a 3-0 win against Scottish champions Celtic.
Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic
Bayern thought they had made the perfect start when Thiago had the ball in Celtic’s net after just six minutes, but the Spaniards effort was disallowed due to Robert Lewandowski running the ball out of play before crossing. Jupp Heynckes’ side weren’t made to wait much longer for the opener, which came from Thomas Müller. His tap-in on a rebound after 17 minutes was added to on the half-hour mark with a long-range header from Joshua Kimmich, giving Bayern a two-goal lead at the break.
Mats Hummels removed any doubt of the result early in the second half with a header from a Kimmich corner. Robert Lewandowski had the ball in the net shortly after, but he was offside before finishing past Craig Gordon. The home side kept full control of procceedings - despite Kieran Tierney hitting the post for the Scottish visitors - and take their second win from the opening three games of the group stages.
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich (Rafinha), Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Rudy, Thiago (Vidal 67') – Robben, Müller, Coman (James 78') - Lewandowski
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Celtic: Gordon – Gamboa, Lustig, Boyata, Tierney – Brown, Ntcham – Armstrong (Rogic 65'), Roberts (Forrest 78'), Sinclair – Griffiths (Dembele 65')
Coach: Brendan Rodgers
- Lewandowski scored eight times in last season’s Champions League and has two in the competition this season. He has 30 goals in all competitions for club and country this year.
- Bayern remain undefeated against Celtic. The pair also met in the group stages of the Champions League in the 2003/04 season, with Roy Makaay scoring twice in a 2-1 win at Bayern's old Olympiastadion before a goalless draw in Glasgow.
- Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and recent interim coach Willy Sagnol, now part of the coaching staff, each featured in those games 14 years ago.
- Bayern are undefeated against Scottish clubs, with six wins and three draws from nine games. The Bavarians most recently best Aberdeen 5-1 in February 2008.
- Jupp Heynckes (72 years and 162 days) is the oldest manager ever to coach a game in the Champions League.