Renato Sanches (l.) battles for possession in a hard-fought game away to Rostov. - © © imago / ITAR-TASS
Renato Sanches (l.) battles for possession in a hard-fought game away to Rostov. - © © imago / ITAR-TASS
Bundesliga

Bayern slip to defeat in Rostov

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.

FK Rostov 3-2 FC Bayern München

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Goals: 0-1 Costa (35'), 1-1 Azmoun (44'), 2-1 Poloz (pen. 49'), 2-2 Bernat (52'), 3-2 Noboa (66')

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.

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