By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Bayern Munich secured a 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League, with a Mario Gomez brace leaving Roberto Mancini’s men still searching for their first Champions League win.
The away side started brightly and David Silva had an early penalty appeal turned down after former City defender Jerome Boateng appeared to bring him down, but the referee waved away the protests.
A charge down the right by Micah saw him pull the ball back for Edin Dzeko only for the striker to fail to get the power on the shot, whilst the 23-year old saw a tame header safely dealt with by Manuel Neuer.
An interesting battle between Micah and Franck Ribery was developing, whilst the former had another strong shout for a penalty after he, too, was brought down by Boateng was turned down.
Ribery did manage some space in the opening 30 minutes and a well-struck shot was held by Joe Hart – brilliant throughout the evening – whilst Bastian Schweinsteiger missed a sitter as he chipped over from 5 yards out.
However, the hosts did eventually find a way through a minute later. Ribery’s shot from outside the box was parried by Hart who then did well to superbly well to deny Thomas Muller with the follow up, but Mario Gomez was on hand to tap in to hand his side a 1-0 lead.
City managed to settle themselves after the goal but things took a further turn for the worse as Bayern grabbed a second. Dzeko’s foul on Philip Lahm allowed Toni Kroos to cross in, and while Thomas Van Buyten’s flicked header was saved by Hart, Gomez was first to the ball again to make it 2-0.
If the travelling City support hoped for a second-half fight back, they were to be sorely disappointed. With Ribery and co increasingly dominant in midfield, City were restricted to long, hopeful balls forward and increasingly desperate defence, with disputes on the bench not helping proceedings.
A fine block by Kolo Toure from Ribery’s shot denied Bayern a third early on, whilst a further block by Micah from another aimed effort by the Frenchman found touch.
A dangerous free-kick from Bayern was whipped in but a well-timed touch by Hart did enough to direct the ball between two advancing players and behind, following a final touch from Gomez, for a goal-kick.
To add insult to injury in a half dominated by Bayern, the home side were able to introduce Arjen Robben with minutes remaining, Ribery making way after an orchestrating performer across the midfield for Jupp Heynckes’ men.
Bayern: Neuer, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Ribery, Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Muller, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Contento, Robben, Usami, ALaba, Tymoshchuk, Petersen.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Kolo Toure, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Tevez.