Martinez as a bloody hero!
Glasgow – FC Bayern, which has been weakened by the substitution, is outnumbered by Celtic thanks to Javi Martinez. The Munich team reaches the round of sixteen early.
In spite of his storm emergency, FC Bayern has reached the sixteen-finals of the Champions League ahead of schedule and remains on the road to success under coach Jupp Heynckes.
Even without the injured Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller, the German record holder won the fourth group game at Celtic Glasgow 2-1 (1-0) and cannot be replaced by second place in Group B (SERVICE: Table).
For the residents of Munich, the match in the Celtic Park witch’s cauldron was the right tuning for the Bundesliga top game on Saturday (18.30 hrs) at Borussia Dortmund. Kingsley Coman scored in the 22nd minute after preliminary work by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. I’ll give you the lead in a minute. Callum McGregor equalled (74th) and the strong Javi Martinez only three minutes later managed the 2:1 (SERVICE: results and schedule).
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It was the sixth victory in the sixth game under Heynckes for the Bayern, who have reached the knockout rounds of the royal class for the tenth time in a row. However, in order to reach the group win he has to finish both games in Anderlecht on 22nd of September. November and home against Paris St. Germain clearly win.
Heynckes made five changes in the line-up with regard to Dortmund in comparison to the latest 2-0 win against Leipzig. Niklas Süle, Rafinha, Arturo Vidal, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman played for Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago, Sebastian Rudy and Lewandowski. For the beaten striker, James (The LIVE TICKER).
However, the Colombian saw a thick possibility through Stuart Armstrong, who hit the ball freestanding but not correctly (4.). Afterwards a fighting game developed without any playful highlights, but with high intensity.
In the early stages, the Bavarian team had some problems to play constructively forwards against the strong, but limited Scotsmen. Opportunities remained in short supply.
It was only when the Scottish defensive failed to make it to the top of the scoring line that it was dangerous and a goal was scored. After a wide tee shot from Ulreich, Dedryck Boyata and Celtic-Keeper Craig Gordan made a massive estimation. Coman said thank you, but also used his hand.
The goal only gave the Munich team a short safety margin against Celtic, enthusiastically supported by the fans. After about half an hour, Glasgow took over the show more and more. The Germans acted too passively, could hardly take any relief and had to cope with some tricky situations.
They had good luck in this phase, especially when David Alaba was able to clear up the situation in a class manner just before Moussa Dembele (30th). Immediately after the switch, it was Ulreich who put in a brilliant save against Armstrong.
It was obviously a warning shot at the right time. The Bayern were then able to gain an overweight in the midfield. But the lack of Lewandowski as a point of departure in the centre was clearly noticeable. Seals, Coman, James and Vidal took turns in the lead to make a real effort – it was rarely dangerous. Like James’s 68th shot.