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Champions League Match Report & Player Ratings | Manchester City book semi-final place after 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich

Goals from Erling Haaland and Joshua Kimmich cancelled each other out on the way to Manchester City securing passage to the semi-finals of the Champions League

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Pep Guardiola continues to build on his impressive managerial legacy tonight after Manchester City booked passage to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third straight season after fighting to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich while holding Thomas Tuchel’s men at bay.

The Spanish tactician has now reached the semi-finals for the tenth time of his career (the most of any manager), pulling one ahead of fellow icon Carlo Ancelotti; the man he will lead his City side against in the next round of the competition.

On a night where Bayern needed a miracle in Bavaria to overturn a three-goal deficit after defeat in the first leg, Thomas Tuchel’s men started brightly on the counter and crafted two half chances in the opening ten minutes through Kingsley Coman, who had found joy down the right flank beyond Nathan Aké.

Bayern should have taken the lead in the 17th minute through Leroy Sané after the German champions broke quickly through the center of midfield before Jamal Musiala put the speedy winger through on goal and beyond Manuel Akanji, but the German international could only put his effort wide of Ederson’s far post.

Sané once again found himself in the center of Bayern’s chance creation in the 21st minute when his whipped freekick from an odd angle over 20 yards out did well to test Ederson at his near post, with City looking second-class throughout up to that stage.

All of Bayern’s hard work was nearly undone in the 35th minute when head official Clément Turpin awarded Manchester City a penalty kick after Dayot Upamecano was judged to have handballed, but Erling Haaland could only blaze his effort clean over Yann Sommer’s bar to let the Bavarian’s off the hook.

It was not until the 56th minute that City registered their first shot on target after Haaland streaked through on goal courtesy of Jack Grealish after the English champions recovered the ball in the middle third of the field, but the Norwegian’s effort was tamely hit at Sommer.

But just one minute later Haaland finally made good on his third chance of the night to give City a 1-0 lead on the night and an insurmountable 4-0 aggregate lead across the tie. John Stones did well to clear City’s lines up to midfield, finding Haaland, who brought down for Kevin De Bruyne for the Belgian to then find Haaland in an advanced position before he danced around Upamecano and roofed his effort past Bayern’s Swiss shot-stopper.

Bayern received a shred of hope in the 82nd minute after Manuel Akanji was judged to have committed a handball when blocking a cross by the end line, which was expertly dispatched by Kimmich who slotted his effort high and down the middle to open his European account this season.

It would not be enough for Bayern to build a platform for a magical comeback result in Bavaria, however, as the Bundesliga leaders crashed out of the competition under Tuchel who was meant to push the club forward despite his appointment in the aftermath of the questionable sacking of Julian Nagelsmann. This result will surely leave the club’s board less than pleased since the former Chelsea boss’ arrival, but for City, yet another chance to push for the club’s first-ever Champions League trophy looms large.

Key Stats & Performers

Bayern Munich Player Ratings

  • GK: Yann Sommer – 6
  • RB: Benjamin Pavard – 6.5
  • RCB: Dayot Upamecano – 5
  • LCB: Matthijs de Ligt – 6.5
  • LB: João Cancelo – 7
  • RCM: Joshua Kimmich (C) – 8
  • LCM: Leon Goretzka – 6.5
  • CAM: Jamal Musiala – 7
  • RW: Leroy Sané – 7.5
  • LW: Kingsley Coman – 7
  • CF: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – 6
  • Sub: Alphonso Davies – 7
  • Sub: Sadio Mané – 6
  • Sub: Mathys Tel – 6
  • Sub: Thomas Müller – 6
  • Sub: Josip Stanišić – 6

Manchester City Player Ratings

  • GK: Ederson – 7
  • RCB: Manuel Akanji – 6
  • CB: Rúben Dias – 7
  • LCB: Nathan Aké – 6.5
  • RDM: John Stones – 6.5
  • LDM: Rodri – 7.5
  • RW: Bernardo Silva – 6.5
  • RAM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5
  • LAM: İlkay Gündoğan – 7
  • LW: Jack Grealish – 8.5
  • CF: Erling Haaland – 7.5
  • Sub: Aymeric Laporte – 6.5

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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