Champions League Group A
Tuesday 27 September 2011, 19.45 KO
City: Hart, Richards, Kompany (c), K Toure, Clichy, Y Toure, Barry (Kolarov 73), Nasri (Milner 69), Aguero, Silva, Dzeko (de Jong 55)
Unused: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Tevez
Booked: Aguero, Clichy, Y Toure, K Toure
Referee: Viktor Kassai
Man of the Match: Joe Hart
City started the game on the front foot, pressing the Bayern Munich goal and should have had a penalty after just two minutes. Former City defender Boateng appeared to foul Silva as the Spaniard turned in the box, but the referee played on and Bayern eventually got the cross clear. Richards then provided Dzeko with a great chance to take the lead, but his shot was straight at Neuer.
Schweinsteiger then had an effort from the edge of the box deflected straight to Joe Hart, after Aguero burst into the box, taking on van Buyten, but his touch was slightly too heavy. Rafinha then had a cross deflected through the box and, fortunately for City, it didn’t find a home shirt. Dzeko then turned well in the box after a neat run by Aguero, but his shot was deflected over the bar for a corner.
Dzeko had a shooting chance as he peeled off Boateng from a City free kick. He took it down in the box and fired a shot it, but it was blocked out for a throw-in. Nasri then picked the ball up in the centre of midfield and ran at the Bayern defence – he got into the box, but couldn’t find a shooting opportunity.
Micah Richards then broke into the box after a one-two and went down under a challenge from Boateng and was unlucky to see the referee wave play on: the former City centre-back got nothing of the ball. Yaya Toure then curled a free kick from 25 yards, but Neuer was able to hold onto it comfortably.
Some sloppy defending from Bayern presented the ball back to City and Edin Dzeko. He found Nasri, who knocked the ball for Yaya Toure and he chipped the ball back towards Dzeko, but van Buyten nipped in to clear. Richards’s low cross was then cleared by the big Belgian. Hart was then down smartly to his left to hold a shot from Schweinsteiger.
A decisive break from Ribery then set up Muller with a shooting chance, but Clichy was in to block the shot over the bar, before it could cause Joe Hart any problems. Ribery then had an effort from the edge of the box that cleared the crossbar from the resulting corner. Bayern should then have taken the lead through Schweinsteiger, but the German shot over from inside the six yard box as the home side had a five-on-three breakaway.
With seven minutes to play to the break, the home side took the lead. Ribery was able to cut inside on the left flank and fire a shot in from the edge of the box. Hart got down well to save it, but the rebound fell to straight to a Bayern shirt. The Englishman got across well to save the second shot, but he could do nothing about the third strike from Gomez from four yards out.
And seconds before the break, the home side doubled their lead. A dubious free kick was flicked to the near post and Hart pulled off another world class save to keep it out. But Mario Gomez was at the rebound first and smashed it into the net from what appeared to be an offside position. There wasn’t even time for City to kick off and they were two behind at half time.
Bayern started the second half as the ended the first: in control of possession. A ball chipped over the top was close to being met by Muller as Kompany slipped, but Hart was off his line quickly to catch. Kolo Toure was then needed to head a deep cross away, before Ribery’s shot was charged down by Richards.
Silva then gave the ball away to Rafinha on the edge of the box, but Kompany was there to block before Hart. Gomez was then unmarked in the six yard box as Ribery crossed and should have gotten his hat-trick. City were on the ropes and were unable to get a kick of the ball.
Boateng then had to recover well to deny Aguero a shooting chance as the ball broke to him in the box, but City were struggling to get a kick of the ball as the hosts looked very comfortable. Gomez then turned and shot in the box, but it was blocked by Toure, before Hart pulled off another great save from Schweinsteiger.
Kolarov then won a free kick on the edge of the box, and Milner curled it into the box. It was looking for Kompany and Toure by the penalty spot, but, in keeping with the side’s night, the two centre-backs ended up on the deck and the ball in Neuer’s hands. Another brilliant save from Hart then denied Bayern a third goal with just over ten minutes to play. Kolarov had an effort from the edge of the box, but it was easy for Neuer.
In stoppage time, Kolarov broke into the box, as Silva slipped the ball through, and he fired an effort across goal, but it was scuffed and well wide. Two silly goals conceded from City did the damage after a very promising first third of the game, but once behind, the visitors never looked like they would get back into the match.