The European Champions league current holders, Bayern, showed no respect for their hosts Manchester City as they beat them 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Bayern’s first goal came in the 7th minute of the match from French international Frank Ribery from a Rafinha assist.
FC Bayern appeared to be the better side throughout the first half such that the slim 1-0 lead appeared unjust. Incursions from Ribery, Muller and Alaba kept the Manchester boys very busy.
Man City’s first push towards the Bayern goal area did not come until the 44th minute when Nava tried to give Nasri a diagonal pass on the far side but it went straight out for a goal kick.
After 45 minutes the score was still 1-0 in favour of the visiting Germans even though Man City were only able to have 33% of ball possession throughout the first half.
Bayern started the second half with the same pace they had ended the first – making their hosts do all the ball chasing.
The efforts of the Germans paid off in the 56th minute when Muller picked up the ball before rounding Hart with perfect ball control and slotting it into an empty net. The hosts appealed in vain for the goal to be ruled off-side.
It was 2-0 to Bayern.
Arjen Robben made it three for Bayern in the 60th minute and there was no coming back for City after that.
Bayern made several brilliant incursions into the City goal area with a view to increasing the goal tally but the scoreline remained the same for them.
City’s consolatory goal came in the 80th minute through Negredo and the goal gave them a resurgence but surely it was too late for a resurgence.
Game ended, 3-1. Advantage Bayern.
City’s next game is on 23rd October against CSKA Moscow in Russia.