Once again, Bayern Munich’s solution was Harry Kane. Kane scored two goals in the second half of a tightly contested match to secure the win. His teammate, Kim Min-jae, played the full game without a substitution. However, there were some disappointing moments in the final minutes of the game when he lost the pace battle with his opponent and conceded a goal. The victory secured Munich’s spot in the knockout stages after four group games.
The Bavarians defeated Galatasaray 2-1 on Monday morning (Sept. 9) at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, in the fourth leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group A match of the 2023-24 season. Once again, Kane was the difference maker. Kane scored two second-half goals to seal the victory. It was more than just a goal and an assist in the first leg.
The result was Munich’s fourth win of the group stage, keeping them at the top of the group with 12 points. They also booked their place in the UCL round of 16 early, regardless of their remaining two games. It was their 17th straight win in the UCL group stage and extended their unbeaten run to 38 matches.
Meanwhile, the same day’s Group A match between FC Copenhagen (Denmark) and Manchester United (England) saw Copenhagen come from behind to win 4-3. Copenhagen-Galatasaray (4 points) and Manchester United (3 points) were set for a nail-biting encounter.
Kim Min-jae started and played the full game without a substitution. It was his 13th consecutive full game. At the back, Kim completed the buildup with neat passes to goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Alfonso Davies. In defense, he blocked one cross after another. In the second half, he was caught out by a clever back header, but breathed a sigh of relief when it was ruled out for offside. He also had no problems linking up with Leon Goretzka, who moved to defense.
However, he was caught lightly holding his back in the final minutes of the game, a sign of the physical strain he was under. Shortly afterward, he conceded a goal in stoppage time after losing a pace battle with an opposing striker. The ‘Monster’ also seems to be struggling under pressure. His partner, Dayo Upamecano, was once again substituted midway through the second half.
Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel’s side lined up in a familiar 4-2-3-1. Kane lined up up front, backed by Leroy Sane, Jamal Mbappe and Kingsley Coman. The back three was Goretzka-Joshua Kimmich, and the back four was Davies-Min-Jae Kim, Upamecano-Nusair Mazhrawi. Neuer wore the goalkeeping gloves.
Galatasaray also lined up in a 4-2-3-1, with Mauro Icardi, Wilfred Zaha, Hakim Ziyech, Lucas Torreia, Khan Ayhan, Davinson Sanchez, and Fernando Muslera all starting.
As in the previous match, Galatasaray pressed hard from the start. Right from the start, Mauro Icardi slipped between Kim Min-jae and Upamecano to create a chance, but his first effort was ruled out for offside.
Munich responded by pressing high up the pitch, especially in the fifth minute when Sane and Davies won the ball on the left flank. Kane got the ball and fired a bold mid-range shot from outside the box. Two minutes later, after a high area block by Goretzka, the ball found its way through Musiala to Coman.
Both teams’ approach to the game was the same as in the last meeting, with the Munich side, buoyed by the home fans, moving more lightly, especially Davies, who easily overcame opposition pressure with his dribbling. Kim Min-jae was also proactive, blocking balls with his head. In the ninth minute, he completed a neat buildup at the back with Neuer and Davies.
Munich’s best chance came in the 14th minute through Sane. Kane crossed sharply into the middle from the right flank. Sane tried to beat the keeper, but Muslera was able to punch the ball away.
Munich continued to attack, but not enough to threaten the keeper. In the 22nd minute, a passing play between Sane and Muslera brought them into the attacking third. Coman crossed the ball back into the center of the box, but Sane’s left-footed curling shot was just wide of the left side of the goal. Shortly afterward, Kane’s penetrating pass was also blocked by Sanchez. In the 27th minute, Moussa Allah fired a left-footed effort wide of the left post. The same was true for Sane’s subsequent shot.
After a lull in Munich’s offense, it was almost as if the sky was falling. In the 38th minute, Moussa Allah complained of leg pain and signaled for his own substitution. Thomas Muller took the field in his place.
In the midst of the chaos, Galatasaray took advantage. In the 42nd minute, they broke through between Davies and Kim Min-jae. Ziyech played a penetrating pass to Icardi, whose shot was lightly saved by Neuer. Shortly afterward, Ziyech had a chance in the box, but he couldn’t get the right touch and the attack was thwarted.
Munich had nine shots on goal in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. It was unfortunate for the Bavarians that Kane and Sane were unable to capitalize on their early chances.
Kane had a chance at the start of the second half, but his final pass didn’t connect with his teammate. With Mkhitaryan off, it was noticeable that Kane dropped back a bit more.
In the third minute, Muller, Coman, and Upamecano combined on a counterattack. However, the final cross was a bit long. Soon after, Galatasaray counter-attacked, but Upamecano, who had returned to the defense, made three consecutive saves.
Meanwhile, in the sixth minute of the second half, Mazrawi allowed a counterattack after a rather poor pass. The ball found its way to Icardi, who was quickly intercepted by Kim Min-jae, leading to the misplaced pass.
Munich’s attack was still centered around Coman. Two minutes later, a sharp cross from Coman was met by a header from Goretzka. It just missed his header, and Kane was able to get in at the far post and get a shot away with his whole body. But the ball struck the left side of the goal.
Galatasaray attacked with Ziyech on the right. However, his cross was blocked by Kim Min-jae. However, Kim Min-jae also had a close call. In the 11th minute of the second half, Zaha’s cross came in from the left, and Kim fell down while competing with Icardi. He was lucky that the ball was behind him.
In the 12th minute, Ziyech was taken off and Varish Yilmaz came on. His cross was blocked by Kim Min-jae, and it looked like he was about to pull out his substitution card.
Five minutes later, there was a dizzying moment in the Munich defense. Angelinho’s pass went straight to Icardi. Kim Min-jae contested it, but Icardi’s clever backheader sent the ball into the center of the box. With the opportunity, Yilmaz rattled the post, only to have the goal disallowed for offside. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) showed that Icardi’s shoulder was ahead of Kim Min-jae. It was a lucky break for Munich. The Bavarians responded immediately with a cross from Coman and a dribble from Sane, but the finishing pass didn’t find Kane.
In the 23rd minute of the second half, Munich had another chance to attack after a neat buildup, but Goretzka’s deflected pass went over Sane’s head and the attack was cut short. Sane almost made amends shortly afterward when he set up Kompany with a transition pass, but Kompany’s final shot was wide left of the goal. Once again, it was Galatasaray who made the first change. In the 24th minute, they took off Icardi and Aihan and brought on Tete and Sergio Oliveira.
The attack through Coman was repeated. This time it was through Muller to Sane, but Torreira was there first to make the save. Tuchel finally made a change. In the 36th minute, he took off Upamecano and Sane and brought on Konrad Reimer and Mathis Thiel. Upamecano, who had just returned from injury, seemed to be under control. Kim Min-jae was once again paired with Koretsuka in defense.
Meanwhile, it was once again Kane who provided the solution for Munich. In the 36th minute, Kimmich’s indirect free kick was headed in by Kane. Kane had completely beaten the opposing defender. The ball rattled the Galatasaray net with a clean finish. The initial call was offside, but after VAR, it was ruled a goal. Shortly afterward, VAR was activated again, causing some confusion, and the game was replayed. It was Kane’s 18th goal of the season, and his third in UCL.
Kane’s feet shone once again. In the 41st minute, Kane-Muller-Tell opened up the flank with a neat passing play. Teller didn’t have to work too hard to get the ball into the center of the box. Kane rattled the net with an effortless finish with his right foot. It was Kane’s fourth goal in the UCL and 19th in all competitions.
Galatasaray pushed forward in search of an equalizer. He was denied by Koretsuka and Kim Min-jae, but in the 45th minute, Kim was seen stretching his back after two successful defenses. It was an indication of the physical strain he was under.
Munich had a chance to add another goal in stoppage time when Serge Navri’s sensational pass found Muller. Muller flicked the ball over the keeper, but it was just wide left of the post. 캡틴토토 주소
Halfway through second-half stoppage time, Kim Min-jae’s side broke through. Oliveira played a quick ball in from the back. Cedric Bakambu broke through, outpaced Kim Min-jae, and rattled the post with a right-footed shot. Two minutes later, Bakambu had another chance in the box, this time blocked by Kim Min-jae. Neuer got a hand on the ball to prevent a goal. In the final minute, an indirect free kick from the opposition dropped the ball into the box, which was neatly cleared away by Kim Min-jae, and Munich held on for a one-goal victory. However, the Bavarians have now conceded in all four of their UCL matches this season. Munich have yet to keep a clean sheet in the UCL.
Soccer stats site Sofascore gave him a rating of 6.7 on the day. That was the lowest rating of any Munich player who started, along with Sane. German media kicker gave him a 3.
Meanwhile, Kim finished with a 93% passing success rate (56 completions/60 attempts), four clearances, one interception, one tackle, and four ball wins. Conceding a goal in second-half stoppage time may have contributed to his low rating. The highest rating on Sofascore belongs to the multi-goal scorer Kane, who earned an 8.5 rating.
Meanwhile, Munich fans also pulled out the rag against UCL reorganization on the day. The league is set to undergo changes starting in the 2024-25 season, including expanding the number of participating teams and changing the format of the tournament and group stages.
The post-match comments also shed some light on the state of Musiala and Upamecano. First, according to Tuchel, Musiala will miss two to four weeks with a hamstring injury. However, the timetable for his return will depend on the final diagnosis. Including today, Musiala has four goals and three assists in 14 official games. As the centerpiece of the team’s second line, Munich will have a difficult time managing their squad going forward. Muller, Gnabry, and Teller, who started the game, will get a chance instead.
As for Upamecano, it looks like he will be ‘managed’ once again. “According to the medical staff, he is not ready to play every three days,” Tuchel said. “When he sprinted in the second half, I thought my heart was going to stop,” Tuchel said. “He had a good game. We don’t know if he’ll play again at the weekend.”
“It was sloppy and inaccurate. We were sloppy and inaccurate. The attacking style we showed against Dortmund was gone.” “I’m happy with the energy and fight we showed today. We deserved to win, and we’re happy to be in the knockout stages.”