In the third matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage, Bayern Munich faced the daunting challenge of getting all three points away at Galatasaray. Heading into the game, Bayern were looking to extend their perfect group stage record, while Galatasaray were coming off a massive win over Manchester United from matchday two of the Champions League.
After drawing level at halftime, Bayern had a late offensive surge, scoring two goals in the final 20 minutes of the match. This win saw the Bavarians add a new record to their name as they have now won eight consecutive away group-stage matches. Here are the top performers from Bayern’s record-breaking 3-1 win over Galatasaray.
In big matches, such as this one, consistency is the most crucial part of a player’s game, and no player remained as consistent as Alphonso Davies. The Canadian international remained a rock in Die Roten’s backline for the entire 90 minutes.
We didn’t get to see Davies as involved in the final third as usual, but this was a display of pure defensive consistency. Pestered by Galatasaray’s Tete all match long, Davies remained unbeaten and was unphased by the Brazilian’s skill and trickery. Apart from the 95th-minute yellow card for a challenge, Alphonso Davies had a stellar, near-perfect defensive performance to protect Bayern’s winning streak.
Finally finding himself back to full fitness, Jamal Musiala is truly carving out a name for himself throughout Europe. Putting in class performance after class performance, the German youngster was Bayern’s brightest spot in the midfield against Galatasaray. His neat touches, combined with his offensive vision made him a force to be reckoned with against Galatasaray.
Musiala delivered in the second half to secure the victory for Bayern. Along with carving out the pass that led to the goal which gave Bayern the lead, Musiala also got his name on the scoresheet in the 79th minute. After receiving the ball in front of the face of the goal, Musiala quickly chopped onto his right foot to send the ball hurtling into the back of the net.
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Though he had a rather quiet first-half performance, Harry Kane’s second-half effort was nothing short of outstanding. Kane led Bayern’s surging victory by capitalizing on every chance that came his way during the second half. In the 73rd minute, it was the Englishman who finally helped Die Roten to regain the lead. After receiving a slicing pass from Musiala, Kane’s first effort was blocked; however, he cleverly finished the move on the second attempt.
To solidify Bayern’s victory, Kane also provided the assist for Musiala’s 79th-minute goal. A simple pass picked out the midfielder directly in front of goal, raking in Bayern’s third goal of the night. A definite Man of the Match performance from Harry Kane.