Bayern Munich extended their winning streak by defeating Lokomotiv Moscow (1-2) with great difficulty in a poor match from the German machine resolved with a great shot from Kimmich with a quarter of an hour remaining.
With this victory, the Germans add seven consecutive victories in all competitions with 25 goals in favor and establish themselves as leaders of Group A with six points.
It seemed like a new day at the office for Bayern when the ubiquitous Goretzka scored at a quarter of an hour, but in the second half the European champions lacked ideas and, surprisingly, physicality.
The Russians deserved, at least, the draw for their great display in the second half, although they lacked aim, quite the opposite of Bayern.
Bayern repeated the same team that crushed Atlético de Madrid a week ago (4-0). Hansi Flick recovered Gnabry, who was out after contracting the coronavirus, but left him on the starting bench. As in the last game, Lucas Hernández substituted Davies, injured on the left wing.
The Russians did not come out, far from defending themselves. Serbian Marko Nikolic’s pupils put pressure on the Teutonic defense from the kick-off.
Indeed, Smolov was the first to warn with a frank header into the heart of the area, but the ball went straight into Neuer’s gloves.
It took a quarter of an hour for the European champion to stretch. The Russians let Tolisso think and he gave a measured pass to his compatriot Pavard, who first crossed into the area and there Goretzka scored with a header. (min.13)
Ten minutes later, an identical play, this time from Kimmich’s pass, ended with a semi-fallow shot from Coman, which was repelled by the right post defended by Guilherme.
The Russians only returned to the charge at the end of the first half taking advantage of the corpulence of Zé Luís, who was seen with Süle. Thus, Kulikov almost surprised Neuer with a foray from the right and a shot that skimmed the post.
Flick must not have liked what he saw in the first 45 minutes, since at halftime he replaced the scorer, Goretzka, and Müller, who was missing in action, with a containment player, Javi Martínez, and a more incisive player, Gnabry. .
Hernández, who had been very shy in the first half, advanced lines and the Germans seemed determined to close the game.
Kimmich had an unbeatable chance in his boots, but completely alone on the edge of the small area he finished off against a Russian defender.
Lewandowski did not have his day, closely watched by the local defense, although the referee whistled a penalty midway through the second half after a knockdown of the Polish striker, but after showing eleven meters, he canceled the play for offside by order of the VAR.
The schedule seemed to take its toll on the Bavarian team. The Russians smelled it and punished the champion. Again Zé Luís received the ball on the right wing, crossed with his bad leg, his right, and Miranchuk, who came in like a breath, beat Neuer. (min.70)
The rest of the match was a give and take in which the Russian Railways team was able to surprise Neuer several times. If Zé Luís was not selfish in one of the counterattacks – Miranchuk was completely alone – Bayern could have suffered a deserved defeat.
When the Germans were having the worst time, Martínez gave the ball to Kimmich at the edge of the large area, who without thinking twice, fired at first, surprising Guilherme. (min 79)