Bayern are struggling to reach the round of 16 against Galatasaray

In the heated game against Galatasaray Istanbul, FC Bayern missed many chances. Then Harry Kane helps again.

Harry Kane calmly accepted the thanks of his Bayern colleagues after the next double pack. Weary, the Munich team were happy about the arduous 2-1 (0-0) against Galatasaray Istanbul on Wednesday and their fourth win in their fourth Champions League group game. Thanks to Kane’s goals in the 80th and 86th minutes, the team reached the round of 16 early FC Bayern already perfect. Cédric Bakambu’s connecting goal came too late for the guests (90+3).

“It was a tough game, we needed time and patience. In the end we were rewarded,” said match winner Kane. Thanks to FC Copenhagen’s 4-3 win against Manchester United in the parallel game, Bayern are already confirmed as group winners.

captain Manuel Neuer praised: “A super result, passed the group phase with flying colors.” What is bitter for the series champions, however, is the temporary loss of national player Jamal Musiala, who suffered a muscle injury in his left thigh.

In a heated atmosphere with many Turkish supporters, the sold-out crowd was boiling Allianz Arena briefly in the 62nd minute when the guests were supposedly leading 1-0 after an offside goal by Lucas Torreira. But the video evidence helped Bayern both in this scene and with Kane’s first goal, in which the referee team initially ruled it offside. The header goal was checked twice. “That was a little strange. I have no idea what they were checking,” said Kane.

For the first time in more than 13 months, captain Manuel Neuer led Munich to a Champions League game at the Allianz Arena. The atmosphere, however, was rather unusual for Bayern. “It will be an away game,” said Coach Thomas Tuchel said shortly before kick-off, looking at the many Turkish fans in the stands.

The debates about the head coach’s recent jibes at the TV experts had accompanied the preparation for the game. “We’re not just supporting Thomas, we’re on the same page, there’s no leaf that fits between us,” said CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen at DAZN about the fuss surrounding Tuchel’s criticism of TV experts Lothar Matthäus and Dietmar Hamann.

In his core business, Tuchel, as announced, ordered Joshua Kimmich, who was last suspended in the 4-0 win in Dortmund, back into the starting line-up. The national player formed a duo with Leon Goretzka in midfield instead of Konrad Laimer, looked very present and was a good distributor of the ball.

In a fast-paced start, the hosts only gradually gained control of the game. The first big chance went to Leroy Sané, who was denied by Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera when he was free in front of the goal (14′).

Bayern now clearly had more of the game. Musiala’s shot went just wide (28′), shortly afterwards Sané found his master again in Muslera. The 37-year-old captain of the Turkish champions was fit in time after an elbow injury and was an important source of support for his now shaky team.

Shortly before the break, the home team had to digest the next worry in this first half of the season, which was characterized by personnel problems in the narrow squad. Musiala sank down in the penalty area after a pass from Kane, grabbed his left leg and was unable to continue. Thomas Müller came into the game (40th).

The people of Munich had to reorganize themselves, but the guests promptly regained their courage. With Mauro Icardi’s great opportunity from close range, Neuer, who had hardly been challenged until then, showed his full class and prevented a deficit (43′).

Bayern’s proliferation of chances continued after the break when Kane hit the post (53′). But Galatasaray, now better offensively, remained dangerous, only a narrow offside position by Icardi prevented them from taking the lead (62′).

Annoyed by the guests’ lack of shooting luck and bite, the Munich team lost the sovereignty and determination of the first half. But after a free kick from Kimmich, Kane once again saved Bayern with a header – and shortly afterwards, after a counterattack, he also made the preliminary decision. Müller’s bad pass before Bakambu’s goal only caused tension for a short time.

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