Bayern Munich reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for a tenth successive season thanks to a 2-1 victory away to Celtic in Group B on Tuesday evening.
Celtic 1-2 Bayern Munich
With one eye on Saturday's Klassiker at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes rotated his side, bringing Niklas Süle, Rafinha and Corentin Tolisso into the starting line-up. The visitors were not at their fluid best early on and Celtic should have taken the lead through Stuart Armstrong, who fired wide from close range at the back post. The hosts would come to rue that miss when Kingsley Coman pounced on a defensive mistake to collect Sven Ulreich's clearance and break the deadlock to give Bayern the lead at the break.
Encouraged by an enterprising first-half display in which they created several promising openings, Celtic started strongly in the second period, keeping possession well and breaking forward with purpose. They struggled to seriously threaten Ulreich's goal again until the 74th minute, when Callum McGregor finished smartly from James Forrest's clever through-ball. Bayern hit back almost instantly, however, as Javi Martinez headed in the winner from David Alaba's pinpoint left-wing cross to seal their place in the last 16.
Celtic: Gordon – Lustig, Biton, Boyata, Tierney – Brown (c), McGregor – Forrest, Armstrong (Griffiths 79'), Sinclair (Rogic 64') - Dembele
Coach: Brendan Rodgers
Absentees: Roberts (hamstring), Ntcham (ankle), Ralston (ankle), Sviatchenko (knee), Simunovic (hamstring)
Bayern: Ulreich – Rafinha, Boateng, Süle, Alaba – Tolisso (Kimmich 83'), Martinez, Vidal (Rudy 59') – Robben (c) (Thiago 90'), James, Coman
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Absentees: Lewandowski (muscle problems), Neuer (foot), Ribery (knee), Müller (thigh), Bernat (match fitness)
- Sven Ulreich became the first German goalkeeper to set up a goal in the Champions League since data collection began in 2003/04.
- Martinez's goal was his first of the season.
- McGregor's strike was only the second goal Bayern have conceded in 570 minutes under Heynckes this term.
- Jupp Heynckes is the first Bayern coach to win seven consecutive Champions League games.
- Bayern have been European champions five times, most recently lifting the Champions League trophy in 2012/13 during Heynckes’ previous spell as coach.
- Bayern are undefeated against Scottish clubs, with eight wins and three draws from 11 games.