It turned out to be just another day at the office for the German powerhouse Bayern Munich as the crashed the Dutch side PSV Eindhoven with an impressive 4:1 win at the Allianz Arena.
Although many believed that Bayern was in some sort of a crisis as they have not recorded a win in the last 4 games in all competitions, the German side displayed a performance that showed no signs or what so ever of a crisis, crushing PSV and letting everyone know that they are back at full swing.
The Carlo Ancelotti’s squad came out strong with Thomas Muller unleashing a shot in the 3rd minute of the match which ended well of the goal. Robert Lewandowski saw his shot from the edge of the box go into the net in the 12th, but the visiting goalkeeper made an incredible effort and saved his goal
The resulting corner from the previous chance has put Bayern upfront with 1:0 as Thomas Muller was the quickest to the ball and stabbed the ball inside the net in the 13th minute. It was Muller’s only 2nd goal of the season and his 1st in the last six games, but what was more important was the fact that this goal has started a wave of attacks onto the PSVs goal. It was Alaba in the 21st minute who provided a lovely pass to Joshua Kimmich who had no problems of finding the empty net. Kimmich has been extremely hot as of lately, scoring his 7th goal in the last 8 appearances….
The action in the first half seemed to never end as Kimmich and Robben both had fine scoring chances in the 29th and the 31st minute of the match but visiting goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet was magnificent and if it had not been for him, Bayern would have been up by at least 4 goals in the first 45 minutes.
As the players were entering the last 5 minutes of the first half, the visiting team made a nice run towards Bayern Munich’s goal and it was Luciano Narsingh who fired a powerful shot from mid-range hitting the upside of the left post and beating the Bayern’s surprised goalkeeper Manuel Neuer!!!! It was Bayern 2-1 PSV at the end of the first half…
The second half was nothing less interesting and exciting as both teams created plenty of scoring chances going into the second 45 minutes. It was noticeable that PSV was determined to push forward and sensed that Bayern’s defense was not as effective and not defending well against Luuk de Jong, Gaston Pereiro and Luciano Narsingh who created several scoring opportunities to open the second half.
However, Robert Lewandowski was at the right place at the right time to rebound the deflected ball with a header into the net and making it 3:1 for the hosts. He displayed a quick thinking after Jeroen Zoet deflected a promising scoring chance from Arjen Robben in the 59th minute. Lewandowski has continued his dominant performance scoring his 15th goal for Bayern and his country this season.
Arjen Robben was the last one to put his name on the scoring sheet as he netted the ball against his former team PSV in the 84th minute of the match. It was Thiago Alcantara who dished a lovely cross inside the box where Robben jumped the highest and scored with a header. At that point it was clear that there was no chance of a comeback for the visitors and that the home side would extend their run of consecutive Champions league wins at home to 14.
Carlo Ancelotti, who blasted his team’s performance after the weekend’s 2:2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt, seemed to finally be satisfied of how his team played as he walked off the pitch with a huge smile on his face. However, one thing that was noticeable during the match was the poor performance of the defensive line which, at moments, displayed a lot of uncoordinated plays allowing de Jong and Narsingh to operate freely.
Anyways, with this win, Bayern has remained at the 2nd spot in group D, behind the leaders Atletico Madrid with 9 points. PSV and FK Rostov both have 1 point and hold the two bottom spots. Next up Bayern will travel to Eindhoven, while Atletico Madrid will host FK Rostov.
Bayern Munich starting lineup: Neuer; Alaba, Hummels, Boateng, Lahm; Alcantara, Alonso, Kimmich; Muller, Lewandowski, Robben
PSV Eindhoven starting lineup: Zoet; Brenet, Schwaab, Moreno, Willems; Pereiro, Propper, De Jong, Guardado; Narsingh, de Jong
Tonight’s referee was William Collum (Scotland)!!!
The current standing of the Group D after the first 3 rounds:
- Atletico Madrid has 9 points
- Bayern Munich has 6 points
- PSV Eindhoven has 1 point
- FK Rostov has 1 point