Bayern Munich extended their incredible unbeaten run in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League to 35 matches following a 4-3 win at home to Manchester United in Munich.
The German champions were up against the English side, who lost each of their last two games against Arsenal and Brighton by a 3-1 scoreline. They were looking for a 15th consecutive group stage home win in the competition to extend their record.
Manchester United refused to give much away as they stayed in the game until the 28th minute, when summer signing Andre Onana gifted the Germans an opener. The Cameroon international allowed a shot from Leroy Sane squirm through him for the game’s first goal.
Within four minutes, the German champions doubled their lead, this time it was Serge Gnabry who found the back of the net. A surging run through the heart of the Red Devils’ backline by youngster Jamal Musiala ended with him playing a perfect cut-back for Gnabry to stab home from inside the box.
Manchester United responded just four minutes into the second half, with 20-year-old summer signing Rasmus Hojlund scoring his first goal for the club. The striker fired home from inside the box after receiving a pass from Marcus Rashford, halving the deficit.
In the 54th minute, however, Bayern Munich restored their two-goal advantage after Christian Eriksen was penalised for a handball in his box. Harry Kane stepped up and fired home the resulting spot-kick to score his side’s third.
With two minutes left of the 90, Manchester United pulled back yet another goal when veteran midfielder Casemiro scored his first of the season.
Bayern Munich were not willing to lose their advantage so easily, and teenage striker Mathys Tel came off the bench to score a fine goal in added time to make it 4-2.
Casemiro scored once more with virtually the last kick of the game to ensure that the match ended a respectable 4-3 at the Allianz Arena.