Bayern Munich grind out win against Dynamo Kyiv

A fantastic acrobatic goal from Robert Lewandowski was the headline act for Bayern Munich in Kyiv during matchday five of the Champions League. The Bavarian club has sealed the top spot in their group with a narrow 2-1 win against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday.

Julian Nagelsmann had to make many changes for the game since many players were in quarantine while Dayot Upamecano was suspended for the clash. Kingsley Coman recovered to start the game, while Marcel Sabitzer couldn’t recover in time to be included in the matchday squad.

In snowy conditions, Rekordmeister made the best possible start with a spectacular goal from their talisman Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker scored an amazing overhead kick after Leon Goretzka’s shot was deflected in the box. Lewandowski showed great awareness to pounce on the second ball and convert it into a glorious goal. This was his ninth goal of the Champions League campaign.

Die Roten continues to keep creating chances after getting the opener in the 14th minute. There were a flurry of half-chances for the visiting team. Rocked from the early goal, Dynamo Kyiv slowly recovered after the 25th minute of the first half and caused problems for Die Roten by creating two-three solid chances.

Both teams had their chances in the first half, but Rekordmeister made their chances count as they bagged the second goal just before halftime. Kingsley Coman hammered the ball past the goalkeeper after he was found in the box by a fantastic diagonal pass from Corentin Tolisso.

After ending the first half strongly, Rekordmeister had a poor start to the second period. The home side forced a brilliant save from Manuel Neuer in the 49th minute. Kyiv kept on creating problems for Rekordmeister in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

The home side’s persistence was eventually rewarded in the 70th minute as Denis Harmash completed a fine team to reduce the deficit. Bayern had to dig in during the final quarter of the game to make sure that they came back home with three points. Apart from the goal, there was an improvement in the team’s performance from a defensive point of view. Not the perfect performance, but a perfect way to bounce back from 2-1 defeat against Augsburg.

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The only negative from this game for Rekordmeister were the injuries to Lucas Hernandez and Tanguy Nianzou. Hernandez was substituted at halftime due to injury, while Nianzou was substituted late in the game. Nagelsmann will be hoping that these players recover soon since Niklas Sule is yet to recover from COVID-19.