Another Robert Lewandowski goal brought victory to Bayern, while a terrible second half was played by the German champions. It was just the third time a clean sheet was kept by Manuel Neuer this season.
The German champions’ game looked very strong in the first half, with successive attacks attempting to force the goal of Gikiewicz, who showed some very good interventions, mainly after the shots of Gnabry.
Lewandowski attempted, too, but his fourth shot bounced off the post. By the break, Hansi Flick was unable to complain about his players’ style and dedication, but about their effectiveness. They were unable to increase the lead, which after the break would have ended very badly for them.
With every minute they looked worse and weaker, they lost their most dangerous player in the 67th minute – Lewandowski came off with a grimace of pain on his face (for now it is not clear whether it is an injury), and Benjamin Pavard played the ball with his hand in the 75th minute and the referee dictated a penalty kick.
Just this time couldn’t Alfred Finnbogason stand the nerve test as well as the Polish striker and hit the post. And he also seemed to be a penalty specialist – he took his 31st and just missed his seventh.