The Allianz Arena had the perfect atmosphere for a match of such high importance. The fans made the players believe no matter what happens they had their back. Bayern needed to overturn a 3 goal deficit to go through to the semis.
However, Bayern failed to live up to their fans’ expectations. Although, they played with intent, they failed to secure a comeback. Man City held Bayern to a 1-1 draw. The draw meant that City comfortably reached the semis.
Bayern started the game with great intensity. They were pressing high and their intentions were clear – score some goals before halftime. They created a lot of chances but failed to capitalize. Also Read: The Premier League has alleged financial violations against Manchester City
Sane missed a great 1v1 opportunity. Bayern striker Choupo-Mouting also had a really quiet game. He also missed a few good opportunities. Although they were mostly half-chances, when you play a team like City, you need make the most of them.
In the second half, Bayern continued their high pressing but with little success. However, they continued missing chances. Kimmich brought the hosts level from the penalty spot after Akanji was penalized for handball.
City, on the other hand relied on counter attacks the entire game. They weren’t looking to dominate the game as we saw in the first leg. They were happy to sit back and defend. Also Read: Pep Guardiola foreshadows Erling Haaland’s improvement by saying, “He will be better.”
They could have buried things in the first half itself when they were awarded a penalty following Upamecano’s handball. But Haaland launched the ball to the sky from the spot. Despite of missing his penalty, Haaland would go on to score the opener in the second half – it’s practically impossible for him to go without scoring.
Apart from a few moments, city never really looked vulnerable. It was a more or less comfortable win for Pep Guardiola. But celebrations might have to be cut short as they will face the mighty Real Madrid in the UCL semis. After what happened last time, maybe it’s time for redemption for Pep’s side. Also Read: How Many Records Will The Norwegian Cyborg Erling Haaland Break?