Bayern advance to the knockout stages

On Wednesday evening, the German club beat Salzburg (3-1), thanks in particular to a goal and an assist from Kingsley Coman and a very good match from his goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

On Wednesday evening, the German club beat Salzburg (3-1), thanks in particular to a goal and an assist from Kingsley Coman and a very good match from his goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

(AFP) – By winning this match, Bayern takes the defending champion’s record in the premier competition to 15 consecutive victories. Enough to see the knockout phase of 2021 coming with serenity. “Qualifying was our big goal tonight. I’m happy with our efficiency, ”commented Bavarian coach Hansi Flick.

“Our first half was not good, we had too many losses, it was messy. In the second half it was better, and even after the exclusion of Marc Roca we had no problem ”. After a very sluggish first period, the Müller / Lewandowski duo released the counter.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (2L) celebrates with teammnates after scoring a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Group H second-leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on November 24, 2020 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

The Parisian club beat – not without difficulty – RB Leipzig (1-0) thanks to a penalty from Neymar on Tuesday to keep their destiny in hand with a view to qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Remarkably served in withdrawal by the Pole, the German shot on goal from 20 meters: the goalkeeper of RB, Cican Stankovic, could only push back, and Lewandowski well placed scored his 71st goal in the Champions League (1- 0, 43rd). He thus joins the legendary Raul in third place in the ranking of the best scorers of all time in C1. But still far behind Cristiano Ronaldo (131) and Lionel Messi (118). The second objective was the work of Coman.

On his first dangerous action, he saw his 18-meter shot deflected into the net by defender Max Wöber (2-0, 52nd). Released by this goal, the French international sent shortly after a perfect cross on the head of Sané for the 3-0 (68th). Reduced to ten by the exclusion of Marc Roca for a second warning (66th), Bayern finally conceded a goal by Mërgim Berisha (3-1, 73rd).

Three minutes earlier, Neuer had again performed a double parade from another planet, matched with a reflex cuff as he fell backwards, the climax of an evening where he was once again phenomenal. . “Manu is a world-class goalkeeper, he is in the shape of his life”, said Flick after the match, “he transmits a lot of calm, security, with him the goal becomes smaller for the attackers”.

Two new at Bayern

In terms of play, the Bavarians, subjected to the hellish pace of this fall, were very far from their best performances, especially in the first 45 minutes. And if Dominik Szoboszlai had not shot over the goal when he appeared absolutely alone in front of Neuer (35th), the very young Salzburg team could have opened the scoring without anyone crying out loud.

In defense of the Munich, Flick had to deal with several injuries: Kimmich, the key man in the midfield, will not return before January (knee); Hernandez, not fully recovered from a bad fall on his back on Saturday in the league, only came into play in the second half, just like Javi Martinez.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2017 Argentine footballer Diego Maradona gestures during a football workshop with school students in Barasat, around 35 Km north of Kolkata. - Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona passed away on November 25, 2020 (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

The Argentine footballer died on Wednesday, announced his spokesperson and the Argentine football federation. He was 60 years old.

Two players have even taken their first steps in the Champions League: the very young American Chris Richards, as left-back, and the Spanish defensive midfielder Marc Roca, European champion hope arrived from Espanyol Barcelona this summer. Charged with filling the post left vacant by Kimmich, a heavy task, Roca had only played one minute in the Bundesliga this season. He negotiated his entry into the team rather well, before spoiling his evening by being sent off in the 66th minute for a second warning.


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