Bayern retain chance of winning group – 2-1 at anderlecht

Bayern retain chance of winning group - 2-1 at anderlecht

Despite the weakest performance under jupp heynckes, FC bayern munchen still had a mini-chance of winning the champions league group stage.

Goalkeeper robert lewandowski (51. Minute) and corentin tolisso (77.) gave the largely erratic german fubball champions a flattering 2:1 (0:0) win at bottom-placed RSC anderlecht. "We won 2:2, but it wasn’t a glorious game," heynckes told tv station sky, speaking of a "bad game" in the first half.

In front of more than 20,000 spectators at the constant vanden stock stadium, the belgians took advantage of only one of their numerous chances through captain sofiane hanni to make it 1-1 (63.). "You can’t be satisfied with that, that’s not our ambition, that was our worst game in a long time," said jerôme boateng on zdf. "We completely missed the first half and were lucky to win in the end."

In the top match in two weeks against the multi-million team from paris st. Germain, the bavarians had to win by at least four goals to move into the eighth finals in first place after the heavy 0:3 loss in the first leg. Bitter for the munchner was that thiago (44.) and arjen robben (48.) had to leave the pitch injured. "We didn’t get into the game like that and lost the ball too easily," said goalkeeper sven ulreich.

Heynckes took the chance of the already determined qualification for the eighth finals to change his team on five positions. 19-year-old austrian marco friedl made his professional debut on the left side of defense. And although anderlecht put on a lot of pressure, friedl handled his task with courage and without nerves.

Boateng, on the other hand, proved to be more of an insecurity factor in the initial phase. After muscular problems, the world champion was ready for action again, but made a serious mistake in the center of defense to lukasz teodorczyk early on. But the pole failed due to a fubabab defense of bayern goalkeeper sven ulreich (8.).

A little later, the deputy of captain manuel neuer saved quickly after a dropkick from dennis appiah from an acute angle (17.). Munich had a hard time in the first half and had problems to build up the right attitude and appropriate champions league tension.

The actions seemed very erratic, hardly a well thought-out attacking move was to be seen in the 4-3-3 system with thiago as a disguised left wing and lewandowski and robben in the lead. Anderlecht, on the other hand, appeared highly motivated and with a rough running style. Only the individual class and effectiveness was missing. So also in the 30. And 39. Minute, when teodorczyk appeared free in front of ulreich after bayern errors, but failed to beat the once again strong keeper.

During the only dangerous gaste attack before the break, goalkeeper matz sels first saved from arturo vidal, then appiah fended off lewandowski’s shot (33).). Especially in midfield, the schlendrian-bayern hardly got a grip on the game and could thank ulreich that they did not fall behind early on.

Only after the change did they switch to kings class mode. The first thoughtful and purposeful attack led promptly to 1:0. James and tolisso were passed the ball to lewandowski, who was free and just had to slot the ball into the empty net. "One shot, one goal, the bavarians," sang the munich fans traveling with the team.

But only twelve minutes later the chants fell silent. Teodorczyk heads in a cross for hanni, who gives ulreich no chance from close range. Although the guests lacked sovereignty and concentration at times even after the lead, they were able to add to it. Joshua kimmich crossed inside with precision, tolisso headed in for bayern’s lead. Five minutes before the end, lewandowski missed the possible 3:1 when he failed to score against sels.