- Bayern take the lead but lose in Rostov.
- Badstuber makes return to starting line-up.
- Ancelotti's side already through to the last 16.
FC Bayern München suffered a shock 3-2 defeat away to FK Rostov in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening, dealing a blow to their hopes of finishing top of Group D.
Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti made a number of changes to his side for the long trip east following defeat in Der Klassiker at the weekend, but his charges nevertheless dominated from the off. Following an early scare, with Juan Bernat required to clear off the line, Douglas Costa put the visitors ahead with a well-taken finish. However, Sardar Azmoun capitalised on a defensive mix-up shortly afterwards to see Rostov level at the break.
Things went from bad to worse for the Bavarians within moments of the restart, as Jerome Boateng brought down Christian Noboa in the box, allowing Dmitriy Poloz to score from the spot. Bernat levelled matters almost instantly with a smart finish from a tight angle, but Rostov took the lead once more through Noboa's superb free-kick. It was one-way traffic towards the home goal in the closing stages as Bayern sought an equaliser, but they were unable to find the target again and suffered a shock second defeat of this group phase.
Man of the match
Bayern were not at their best in Rostov, but Thiago again served noticed of his extraordinary talents in midfield, spraying passes all over the pitch and contributing to most of his side's best moves.
This was something of a baptism of fire for Holger Badstuber, making his first start in 287 days after suffering dreadful luck with injuries. A match played in freezing temperatures against a robust opponent fighting to stay in European competition was not the easiest of stages for a comeback, but the 27-year-old managed admirably on an otherwise frustrating night for the club.
- Bayern had 23 shots on goal compared to Rostov's seven.
- Costa's goal was Bayern's 400th in the Champions League.
- Rafinha had more than three times as many touches (121) than Rostov's most-involved player Kalachev (37).
Rostov: Dzhanaev – Kalachev (Terentyev 87'), Mevlja, Navas, Granat, Kudryashov – Gatcan – Erokhin, Noboa – Azmoun (Grigoriev 82'), Poloz (Ezatolahi 90')
Coach: Ivan Daniliants
Bayern: Ulreich – Rafinha, Boateng (Hummels 58'), Badstuber, Bernat – Thiago – Lahm, Sanches (Müller 73')– Costa, Lewandowski, Ribery
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti