Bayern Munich didn’t let the overspending English Premier League side Manchester City overwhelm them this evening as the German Bundesliga leaders ran out 2-0 winners at the Allianz Arena.
It was a tight opening thirty minutes of the game with no side getting on top. The visitors could and perhaps should have had a penalty or two in that time.
First, Bayern’s summer signing from this evening’s opponents, Jerome Boateng recklessly slid down David Silva in the penalty area, of which only Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai of the 69,000+ in the arena viewing missed.
Later, Boateng tripped an onrushing Micah Richards, which again Kassai and his team missed.
Perhaps Bayern were fortunate at this stage, but afterwards they were on top and deserved their victory.
The opening goal came on 39 minutes. Franck Ribery cut inside from the left and shot with his right foot from 20 yards. England goalkeeper Joe Hart could only parry the ball in the path of Thomas Müller. Although Hart recovered well to deny the number 25, Mario Gomez was on hand to tuck the ball home.
In first half stoppage time, Gomez doubled his and Bayern’s tally on the night. This time, an inswinging cross by Toni Kroos from a set piece on the left was flicked-on by Daniel van Buyten. Joe Hart saved well at his near post, but the ball fell to Gomez again who calmly tucked it away. 2-0.
Manchester City showed little attacking impetus or fight in the second half. Manager Roberto Mancini even substituted former Wolfsburg scorer Edin Dzeko for former HSV holding midfielder Nigel de Jong before the hour.
Bayern Munich were able to play out the second half comfortably. Mario Gomez had two opportunities to complete his hat trick, while Manuel Neuer kept his tenth consecutive clean sheet with relative ease once again.
Bayern Munich have won their two opening group stage games by the same scoreline, 2-0. They lead group A; two points ahead of their next opponents Napoli.
Bayer Leverkusen host Genk while Borussia Dortmund travel to Marseille tomorrow for their second group stage matches. Both sides failed to win their openers.