Kane leads Bayern Munich to Champions League victory over Galatasaray

Bayern Munich withstands Galatasaray’s pressure for over 70 minutes, then secures a 3-1 victory, maintaining their lead in Champions League Group A. This win extends Bayern’s unmatched streak of 16 consecutive victories in the Champions League group stage and a remarkable 37-game unbeaten run.

The Bavarians lead the group with nine points, while Galatasaray sits in second place with four.

Bayern faced an unusual challenge with Galatasaray generating 20 attacks to their six. The teams were level at 1-1 after goals in the opening half-hour.

However, Bayern’s striker Harry Kane netted a goal in the 73rd minute, followed by Jamal Musiala adding another six minutes later, breaking their opponents’ 23-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.

“It’s my first time in this stadium, and I’m just about getting my hearing back now,” Kane said. “Thankfully, we were able to come through it today.

“It’s a really important win. This is a really tough place to come. It made things difficult for us, especially in the first half.

“In the second half, we were a bit more calm, better on the ball, and took our chances. Having nine points after three games is really important.

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Galatasaray, riding high on confidence following their previous victory against Manchester United, displayed no signs of nervousness against their more renowned opponents. Mauro Icardi had an early opportunity for the Turks just four minutes into the match.

In a stunning first half, Kingsley Coman of the visiting team silenced the fervent home crowd by scoring the opening goal in the eighth minute. However, goalkeeper Sven Ulreich had to come to the rescue only a minute later, making a remarkable save to deflect a Kerem Aktürkoglu shot wide.

Akturkoglu had a golden opportunity to equalize but missed, firing over the bar with the keeper beaten after Ulreich cleared a cutback into his path.

Galatasaray’s persistent pressure paid off when Icardi was fouled in the box, and he calmly converted his Panenka-style penalty in the 30th minute, sending the ball into the middle of the goal as Ulreich dived to the side.

The second half started at an equally intense pace, with Galatasaray having the majority of chances while Bayern defended desperately. However, as the hosts began to run out of steam after failing to score again, Bayern gained confidence. Harry Kane scored with a backheel flick and then slotted in the rebound in the 73rd minute, unlocking the game for Bayern, who were missing several players due to injury. Jamal Musiala added another goal to secure their hard-earned win.

The other group game featured Manchester United against FC Copenhagen, which took place later.

Reference:

https://www.espn.com/soccer/report/_/gameId/687569

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/67211480

https://apnews.com/article/galatasaray-bayern-munich-champions-league-363ff08e2aa6efb615e529ee0e163337

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