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Bayern Munich reach last 16
« on: November 02, 2016, 12:39:53 AM »
Two-goal Robert Lewandowski was the Bayern hero as they fought back to win 2-1 at PSV Eindhoven and coasted into the knockout stages with two games to spare. Borussia Mönchengladbach were held to a home draw by Celtic.

PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Bayern Munich
(Arias 14’, Lewandowski 34’ pen, 74’)
Bayern recovered from a spate of bad luck in Eindhoven to charge into the Champions League last 16 and qualify from Group D.

First Lewandowski struck the crossbar for the visitors following a fairly pedestrian start to the game and then PSV went ahead after a major officiating blunder.
Santiago Arias nodded in from close range after Manuel Neuer saved Davy Pröpper’s header, but the scorer was clearly offside. However, Neuer’s frantic protestations fell on deaf ears.
Bayern lacked a little bit of bite in midfield with Thiago Alcantara, who had started the last five games, left out because of a knock.
The German champions kept on probing, but misfortune again denied them with Lewandoswki again hitting the woodwork with a header on the half hour mark.
Their luck finally turned four minutes later when the ball flicked up off Joshua Kimmich and clipped Andrés Guardado’s hand, prompting the referee to award a debatable penalty.
Lewandowski coolly converted from the spot to give Carlo Ancelotti’s men a deserved leveler. They almost went in at the break in front, but the Poland striker spurned a half chance and Arturo Vidal missed an even better opportunity from close range.

Bayern,who beat PSV 4-1 at home last time out in the Champions League, continued to push after the interval. Arjen Robben did not quite have the impact he would have liked on his return to Eindhoven, but was applauded off by both sets of fans when substituted in the second period.

His replacement, Douglas Costa, helped create the winner. He played in David Alaba who crossed for the relentless Lewandowski to prod in after 74 minutes.Bayern’s top scorer almost completed a delightful hat trick, but he was denied by the woodwork for a third time as his flick hit off the crossbar.

Although Bayern are second in the group on nine points to Atletico's 12, they go through alongside the Spaniards with Rostov and PSV on one. The battle to finish top is now on in the final two group games.
"We fought our way back into the game and deserved to get the win," Ancelotti told reporters.



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