Manchester City took a big step towards securing a semi-final place in the UEFA champions with a 3-0 win against Bayern Munich. The Citizens are now unbeaten in 25 Champions League at the Etihad with 23 wins and two draws.
Goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland underlined a great performance by the Citizens in a highly anticipated match. Manchester City travel to the Allianz Area on the 19th of April with one foot in the semi-final.
Manchester City had a better start to the first half. Erling Haaland and Ilkay Gundogan blazed over the bar in the 5th and 7th minute respectively. Bayern Munich grew into the game controlling possession and creating chances. Jamal Musiala had a blocked attempt in the first half.
The match was a tense affair until the 27th minute when Rodri received the ball from Bernardo Silva. Rodri released curling shot from 25 yards into the top left hand corner beating Sommer to make it 1-0. The goal sparked City into life with three big chances from Gundogan, Haaland and Dias being saved by Sommer. Bayern Munich’s most dangerous attack came just before halftime with a vicious shot by Leroy Sane which just missed.
The German side started where they have left in the first half with two chances from ex- Manchester City Player Sane. The forward drew three good saves from Ederson following powerful left foot shots in the 46th, 49th and 54th minute. Kingsley Coman also came close with a header to pile the pressure on Manchester City.
Manchester City picked up the pace and fought back starting with a Nathan Ake shot from the left side of the box in the 56th minute. City kept piling the pressure and from the resulting corner Ruben Dias drew a super save from Sommer. At this point Bayern Munich were rocking and Manchester City could smell blood.
The breakthrough finally came in the 69th minute when Dayot Upamecano was caught on the ball by Jack Grealish. Grealish immediately back heeled the ball into the path of Erling Haaland on the left side of the box. Haaland crossed the ball into the path of Silva. Bernardo applied a powerful header from the centre of the box into the top left corner. The goal send the City fans into wild celebrations. Finally, the Citizen had a bit of breathing room.
Fatigue was starting to creep into the Bayern Munich team, and this was shown by the increasing dominance of Manchester City in the game. The game was almost over as a spectacle in the 74th minute. Gundogan cut in a cross for Julian Alvarez who drew a smart save from Sommer. Just a minute later City took a 3-0 lead when Alvarez crossed the ball from the right flank to John Stones on the back post. John stones applied a cushioned header into the path of Erling Haaland who applied a right foot shot from six yards.
A fourth goal almost came in the 86th minute from a Julian Alvarez corner which was met by Rodri, but Yann Sommer tipped the ball over the bar.
Key Performances for Manchester City
Ruben Dias gave a dominant display in defense with a series of vital blocks to stop attempts by Jamal Musiala, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry. He also almost scored from close range.
Rodri had a good game starting with his stunning goal to open the scoring. He almost scored a second goal too in the second half of this tightly contested match. He was in the right place to stop numerous attacks from Bayern Munich players and also provided numerous balls for KDB to start play.
Formation & Team
The Blues set up in a 3-2-4-1 formation. The team included Ederson (GK), Ruben Dias (DEF), Ruben Dias (DEF), Nathan Ake (DEF), John Stones (DEF/MID), Rodri (MID), Jack Grealish (MID), Bernardo Silva (MID), Ikay Gundogan (MID), Kevin De Bruyne (MID), Erling Haaland (FWD).