Bayern Munich traveled to the Philips Arena on Tuesday night to faceoff the Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. The two teams met two weeks ago in Munich at the Allianz Arena when Bayern secured a comfortable 4:1 win.
It was once again expected from the German side to go out strong and most likely score the first goal of the match. It actually started pretty well for the visitors who saw huge scoring opportunities in the 2nd and 4th minute of the match. First Thomas Muller wasted a big opportunity inside the box as his shot went narrowly wide of the left post. In the 4th minute Robert Lewandowski came very close to scoring but unlikely for him; his header was denied by the crossbar.
It was clear the German champions would control the ball most of the time, but in the 14th minute the host provided a fine counter attack on the right side and after the cross, Davy Propper connected with a header inside the box but Manuel Neuer pulled off a magnificent save. However Santiago Arias was first to meet the deflected ball and planted the ball behind the back of Neuer with a bullet header, putting his team upfront 1:0!!! Although the goal counted, it must be noted that PSV scored from an obvious off-side!!!
It was obvious throughout the first half that Robert Lewandowski (who by the way is expected to sign a new deal with the German giant) was eager to score a goal. He came very close, once again, in the 30th minute as he fired a lovely header from inside the six-yard box, but his shot hit the left post.
Bayern pushed forward hard, creating a lot of pressure on the PSV defense. In the 33rd minute Bayern attacked through Robben and Lahm through the right side. After combining couple of passes, Lahm found himself wide open going into the box and just as the defenders were closing down on him he sent a lovely cross from the right side into the box, but the ball was deflected by the hand from Andres Guardado (PSV), and the referee had no other choice but to point towards the penalty spot. Robert Lewandowski stepped forward and fired the ball into the right corner of the goal and leveled the score in the 34th minute of the match.
After leveling the score, Bayern continued to push forward, creating couple more scoring chances, but the score remained unchanged after the first 45 minutes of the match!!!
Nothing drastically changed to start off the second half, as the visitor controlled the possession of the ball right from the whistle blow and started creating pressure on the PSV defense immediately. David Alaba (Bayern) fired a nice shot from outside the box in the 54th minute but the home team’s goalkeeper deflected the ball into the corner.
A great chance for the visitors came in the 62nd minute as Arturo Vidal saw an opening in the box after a brilliant pass from Hummels. The Chilean was eye-to-eye with the keeper who deflected the fierce strike from Vidal. In the continuation of the attack the ball came to Muller who directed the deflected ball towards the net but Moreno was there to save his goal.
Thomas Muller connected with the cross from Kingsley Coman in the 72 minute but his header inside the box was not on the target and Bayern wasted yet another scoring opportunity. As the game was coming closer to its end so did the PSV players decided to play more defensively.
However, in the very next attack, Douglas Costa and David Alaba combined on the left wing, and after a superb cross from Alaba, Robert Lewandowski was once again on the right spot to meet with the ball and direct it behind the back of the keeper. What a lovely play from the visitors, who took the lead in the 73rd minute.
Honestly, it was just a matter of time before the Germans took the lead, and as soon as they did, they never looked back and just continued to push forward and control the ball. The home fans expected an answer from their players, but Bayern Munich was just too strong and never really allowed the hosts to come even close to a scoring opportunity.
Robert Lewandowski came close to scoring a hat trick in the 84th minute after a great solo effort inside the box. The Polish player made a nice move beating the goalkeeper but his shot was rejected from the right post. What a scoring opportunity it was!!!
The score has not changed before the final whistle and Bayern collected a very important away win (their third), securing the knock-out stage with two rounds to go. The hosts will try to bounce back in the remaining two fixtures against Atletico Madrid (away) and FK Rostov (home) in hope to win the 3rd spot in group D and secure a place in the Europe League in spring!!!
After the 4 rounds, the rankings in Group D are as following:
- Atletico Madrid – 12 points
- Bayern Munich – 9 points
- PSV Eindhoven – 1 point
- FK Rostov – 1 point