quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016
Bayern Munich 4-1 PSV Eindhoven: Carlo Ancelotti's side run riot at Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich crushed Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 4-1 in Champions League Group D on Wednesday to bounce back after three games without a win in all competitions.
What had started as a walk in the park with Bayern riding roughshod over the Dutch side with goals from Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich turned into a nervous affair after the visitors pulled a goal back through Luciano Narsingh before halftime.
The German champions, however, second in the group on six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid who have nine, kept their cool with Robert Lewandowski making it 3-0 on the hour mark.
Arjen Robben made sure of the three points and ended Bayern's run of three matches without a win with an 84th-minute header against his former club to stretch their Champions League record to 14 successive home wins.
Germany forward Thomas Muller celebrates his early strike as the Bavarians take an early lead at Allianz Arean
Muller is mobbed by team-mates as Carlo Ancelotti's side make the perfect start to their Group D encounter
Joshua Kimmich fires in from close-range as Bayern make it 2-0 during a powerful start to the first-half in Munich
Kimmich celebrates with team-mate David Alaba as Bayern cruise into a early 2-0 lead on their home turf
Luciano Narsingh, however, pulled goal back for visitors just before the break to bring PSV Eindhoven back into the contest
The Dutch winger looks to the heaves as the visitors head into the half-time break with something to build on
Any hopes of an Eindhoven revival are nullified by Bayern hitman Robert Lewandowski who makes it 3-1 on the hour mark
Arjen Robben retrieves the ball after the veteran Dutch forward added a fourth goal for Bayern with six minutes to play
'We felt that in the past few games something was missing and we tried to change it today,' said goal-scorer Kimmich.
'We started really well but made our life difficult by losing possession too often.'
It did not take long for the hosts to make their intentions clear, after talk of a mini-crisis surfaced following two draws in the league and defeat by Atletico, as Muller firing narrowly wide in the third minute.
The attacking midfielder did better when Robben took a quick corner, Muller's first effort was blocked by keeper Jeroen Zoet but he slotted in the rebound.
The hosts, with captain Philipp Lahm making his 100th Champions League appearance for the club, also hit the woodwork through Robben as they dominated first half with Eindhoven's defence dazed.
Phillip Cocu's men, unbeaten in their previous 21 away games in all competitions before Wednesday, struggled to get past the half-way line.
Kimmich doubled Bayern's lead in the 21st minute with a close-range header to take his goal tally to three in three Champions League games this season.
The Dutch side struck against the run of play with their first shot on goal as Narsingh's effort four minutes before halftime went in off the post.
Bayern should have restored their two-goal cushion right after the restart but Lewandowski sent his low shot wide of the target.
It was, however, the improving Dutch who came closer with Gaston Pereiro forcing a superb save from Manuel Neuer but just as PSV were gaining momentum Lewandowski nodded in on the hour to settle the home team's nerves.
Robben headed in the fourth goal from an outstanding Thiago Alcantara cross to complete Bayern's second win in three group games.
Eindhoven midfielder Davy Proepper (left) gets physical with Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara
Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti (right) shakes hands with captain Philipp Lahm, who made his 100th Champions League start