Bayern Munich Advances in Champions League thanks to Lewandowski Brace

Bayern Munich faced PSV Eindhoven away from home on Tuesday night in Champions League group play. The visitors aimed to qualify for the Round of 16, with two games to spare.

Meanwhile the home team tried to give themselves a realistic opportunity to advance, for which a victory in this game would have been vital.

The PSV fans created an electric atmosphere in the stadium and their team took early advantage of the energy the crowd gave them.

Manuel Neuer saved a header from Davy Pröpper, before Santiago Arias pushed in the rebound to give Eindhoven the lead around the 15-minute mark. The refereeing crew allowed the goal to stand, despite the fact that its scorer was in an offside position.

Later, an Andres Guardado handball in the area gave Bayern a penalty kick, which Robert Lewandowski converted to equalize.

Toward the end of the game, the Polish international scored again, to give his team the 2-1 victory.
The result puts Bayern Munich into the Round of 16 along with Atletico Madrid, while leaving PSV and Russian team Rostov to play for nothing more than a Europa League spot.

Augenblick: When the German record champions missed chance after chance in the second half, it looked as though they would not win the match. That made Lewandowski’s second goal with less than twenty minutes left, all the more important.

It was a cool finish from close range, nicely assisted by Douglas Costa and David Alaba, worthy of winning any game. (The move starts about 40 seconds into the video.)

Man of the Match: Robert Lewandowski was on target twice. He held his nerve when the team needed him the most.

Key Stats: According to the website of the sports magazine “Kicker”, Bayern Munich had a better pass completion ratio than their opponents by almost 20%, they had five times as many shots and won 10% more of the individual duels as well. These numbers underscore the Bavarian’s control of the match.

Talking Points: PSV Eindhoven is underperforming. That is the case domestically, as well as in Europe. They will have to make serious changes in order to save their season, even at this early stage. That said, their start to this game is certainly something to build on.

Bayern Munich changed its starting formation for the first time on Tuesday. The heavily criticized 4-3-3 made way for a bizarre 4-1-3-2. This was likely meant to put Thomas Müller in a more natural position, but he was virtually invisible in the game.

Other concerns include the team’s inability to keep a clean sheet and their many missed scoring chances at the other end. Most people will sweep these issues under the rug, for as long as the team keeps winning however.

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Denis Knezovic is a blogger, published author and lifelong Bundesliga fan. He covers the Beautiful Game on his blog at www.denissoccerblog.com . His passion is for Bayern Munich, since he lived in Bavaria for eight years. He is, however, able to write on a multitude of soccer-related topics from around the world.

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