Thursday , November 14 2019

Bayern 2-0 Olympiacos: Managerless Munich through to knockout stages

Bayern Munich 2-0 Olympiacos: Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic send managerless side flying through to knockout stages with perfect record

  • Managerless Bayern Munich went into the match with three wins from three
  • Strong side struggled to break down Olympiacos in goalless first half in Munich
  • In-form Robert Lewandowski found the breakthrough to put Bayern one ahead
  • Substitute Ivan Perisic added gloss to victory when he scored with first touch

Robert Lewandowski scored again as Bayern Munich reached the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos on Wednesday in the club’s first game since coach Niko Kovac was fired.

Ivan Perisic added a late goal for Bayern as interim coach Hansi Flick oversaw a performance with few highlights on his debut.

But Lewandowski’s 69th-minute opener and Perisic’s strike in the 89th, a minute after he came on as a substitute, were enough for the Bavarian powerhouse to reach the last 16.  

Robert Lewandowski wheels away in celebration after netting the opener against Olympiacos

Lewandowski (right) is joined by Kingsley Coman to celebrate after netting yet another goal

Lewandowski (right) is joined by Kingsley Coman to celebrate after netting yet another goal

Ivan Perisic fired home with his first touch of the match to secure Bayern's 2-0 victory

Ivan Perisic fired home with his first touch of the match to secure Bayern’s 2-0 victory

Bayern Munich have been in disarray of late but they are in fine form in the Champions League

Bayern Munich have been in disarray of late but they are in fine form in the Champions League

MATCH FACTS

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Kimmich, Pavard, Alaba, Davies, Goretzka (Tolisso 82), Javi Martinez, Coman (Coutinho 90+1), Muller, Gnabry (Perisic 88), Lewandowski

Subs not used: Thiago, Cuisance, Boateng, Ulreich

Goals: Lewandowski 69, Perisic 89 

Olympiacos (4-3-3): Jose Sa, Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Meriah, Tsimikas, Guilherme, Camara, Bouchalakis (Valbuena 71), Randjelovic (Masouras 61), Guerrero, Podence (El Arabi 80)

Subs not used: Benzia, Allain, Papadopoulos, Torosidis

Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (Poland)

With two games remaining, Bayern top Group B on 12 points, eight ahead of last season’s finalists Tottenham, who were playing at Red Star Belgrade later.

Kovac was fired on Sunday, one day after the seven-time defending German champions slumped to their heaviest Bundesliga defeat in more than 10 years with a 5-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Against Olympiakos, it was a cautious game from Bayern with little fluid play. The home side dominated possession but displayed little urgency or imagination going forward. 

While Bayern wracked up attempts after Leon Goretzka first tried his luck from distance, Olympiacos keeper Jose Sa proved equal to the few that were on target.

Sa produced excellent saves to deny Kingsley Coman, then Thomas Muller before Benjamin Pavard was denied by the post before the break.

All eyes were on Hansi Flick as he took interim charge of Bayern Munich for the first time

All eyes were on Hansi Flick as he took interim charge of Bayern Munich for the first time

Bayern battled hard but were unable to break down Olympiacos during a tight first half

Bayern battled hard but were unable to break down Olympiacos during a tight first half

Leon Goretzka holds his hands on his head after missing a first-half chance at the Allianz Arena

Leon Goretzka holds his hands on his head after missing a first-half chance at the Allianz Arena

Thomas Muller channelled Bayern's early frustration, as a win could secure their qualification

Thomas Muller channelled Bayern’s early frustration, as a win could secure their qualification

Coman tested Sa again after the break, before Lewandowski finally made the breakthrough with Bayern’s 20th attempt of the game.

Coman fired the ball in from the right and the Polish striker deflected it in with his right boot for his sixth goal in four Champions League games.

Perisic had an easy finish to seal the win after some good play from Coman and Corentin Tolisso in the build up.

Joshua Kimmich (centre) bursts away from Miguel Angel Guerrero during the match in Munich

Joshua Kimmich (centre) bursts away from Miguel Angel Guerrero during the match in Munich

Lewandowski's 20th goal in 14 appearances for Bayern set the Bundesliga boys on their way

Lewandowski’s 20th goal in 14 appearances for Bayern set the Bundesliga boys on their way

Bayern's players celebrate the opening goal, knowing that they had a foot in the last 16

Bayern’s players celebrate the opening goal, knowing that they had a foot in the last 16

Mohamed Camara reacts to the defeat; Olympiacos held on for 69 minutes but then fell

Mohamed Camara reacts to the defeat; Olympiacos held on for 69 minutes but then fell

It was the perfect start for Flick, who has taken charge of Bayern following Niko Kovac's exit

It was the perfect start for Flick, who has taken charge of Bayern following Niko Kovac’s exit