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Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 2-0 on Robert Lewandowski’s return to Munich in the Champions League
Two second-half goals in three minutes, including a superb chip from Leroy Sane, helped Bayern Munich defeat Barcelona
Bayern’s France defender Lucas Hernandez headed in a corner to open the scoring, with Leroy Sane doubling the score to make it a thumping win for Bayern.
Leroy Sane continued his good form like his performance against Inter Milan, which was going very well for Barcelona as they put up a good performance.
Lucas Hernandez scores the opener for Bayern Munich
Lucas headed in a corner from Jimmie Kimmich in the 50th minute, and then just 3 minutes later Leroy Sane made it 2-0, chipping a ball over Barca keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen.
Robert Lewandowski, greeted by warm applause from the home fans during the pre-game warm-up, had several chances to open the scoring.
“I think for Lewy it was really an emotional game to come back – a little bit like coming home, because he was so successful here,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer told Amazon Prime.
“The luck in the decisive moments wasn’t on his side – and that became our luck.
“With his volley (in the 19th minute) we had a little bit of luck that it went over the crossbar… but I think we showed a really good defensive performance.”
Nagelsmann told the media after the game he hoped the victory would mean the end of questions about Lewandowski.
Nagelsmann says Lewandowski is always dangerous
“He played a good game. From our point of view, I’m happy that he didn’t score – but I think we saw he was dangerous.”
“After the game, I saw him and I hugged him, but he plays for a different club and I have different players I need to look out for.
“This week I had 65 questions on Lewandowski. You can ask those questions to Xavi now because he’s not my player anymore.”
Barcelona’s 19-year-old midfielder Pedri said Bayern made his side pay for failing to take their chances.
“It was a tricky game,” he told Movistar+.
“This result doesn’t tell the true story. Our first half display merited much more than 0-0 at half time,” he said.
“We had opportunities to go ahead, but if you miss against a big team like Bayern, you end up paying for it.
“But of course, if you fail to put chances away against a big rival like Bayern you’ll end up paying.
“They went ahead from our marking mistake at the corner. But it’s time to get on with things now – and to remember that we produced a very good first half.”
Bayern travels to Camp Nou for the return fixture on October 26th.