Wednesday September 19, 2012 Group Stage: Group F Finished Allianz-Arena

Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Valencia CF

  • Schweinsteiger 38’
  • Kroos 76’
  • Valdez 90’

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    Time:90'
    • Bayern Munich
    • Valencia CF
    • - A crazy end to a game that Bayern dominated. Mandzukic's late penalty is saved after Rami's late red - but it matters little for Bayern who take away a deserved victory.
    • 90+5' Bayern Munich 2-1 Valencia.
    • 90'+4 Alves saves from Mandzukic! The keeper makes an excellent stop low to his right.
    • 90'+3 RED CARD & PENALTY! Rami gets a second yellow card for a foul on Robben, who wins the penalty.
    • 90'+2 This makes for some interesting final moments.
    • 90' GOAL! 2-1! Valdez scores for Valencia. The Liga side play the corner short to Viera, who whips it onto the head of Valdez, who beats his marker and heads in.
    • 89' Viera drives into the box, but Lahm gets back well to make a vital challenge in the box.
    • 88' Valencia sub: Barragan on, Soldado off.
    • 86' Robben's free-kick is charged down and Mandzukic pokes the loose ball wide. But it was deflected and Bayern have the corner.
    • 85' Ricardo Costa is booked for a block on Mandzukic on the edge of the box. Bayern have a chance from the free-kick here.
    • 84' Robben floats a free-kick into the box but Valdez heads clear. Bayern showing a real appetite for more goals here.
    • 82' Rami is booked for a cynical block on Robben.
    • 80' Bayern outnumber Valencia on the counter-attack but Muller's ball to Mandzukic is wildly over hit and the chance is gone.
    • 78' Mandzukic finds Lahm on the overlap, but Lahm's dangerous cross is cut out. Bayern really pushing for a third now.
    • 76' GOAL! 2-0 Bayern. Kroos thumps the ball beyond Alves from 25 yards to score a fantastic goal. Kroos has been threatening that all game.
    • 75' Tino Costa is booked for a foul on Gustavo. Bayern perplexed that play didn't go on as Robben was leading the counter-attack.
    • 73' Valencia, on the other hand, have enjoyed slightly more of the second half but are yet to really test Neuer.
    • 72' Bayern still dominant, but lead by just the single goal still. They'll need another to settle their nerves.
    • 71' Valencia sub: Viera on, Guardado off
    • 70' Valdez catches Thomas Muller very late. Unbelievable he hasn't gone into the book for that.
    • 69' Javi Martinez departs after an impressive Champions League debut for his new club. Really linked well with Schweinsteiger at times.
    • 68' Bayern sub: Gustavo on, Javi Martinez off
    • 67' Big chance for Valencia! Feghouli uses his strength to hold off Dante and get into a shooting position - but sees his shot saved well by Neuer at his near post.
    • 65' Mandzukic is putting himself about since coming on. Concedes a free-kick.
    • 64' Bayern sub: Mandzukic on, Pizarro off
    • 63' Valencia sub: Valdez on, Jonas off
    • 62' Kroos picks out Robben from the right, but Robben is penalised for a push before his header is saved by Alves.
    • 61' Dante and Guardado tangle at Bayern's end of the pitch, but the result is nothing more than a Bayern goal kick.
    • 59' Bayern have had an incredible 66% possession. So one-sided still.
    • 58' The corner finds the head of Javi Martinez, but the midfielder heads wide under pressure.
    • 56' Bayern chance! Kroos shifts the ball onto his left foot 20 yards from goal and unleashes a thunderous strike that Alves tip over with one hand.
    • 54' Valencia chance! Costa gets into a great position in the box, but he is flagged offside. If only he had timed his run better, he had the whole goal to aim at.
    • 53' Dante plays the ball back to Neuer, who makes a hash of his clearance and the ball sails out of play. The first mistake Bayern have made.
    • 52' Bayern penalty appeal! Muller is released down the right by Lahm's fantastic ball. Muller pulls back to Kroos, who appears to be tripped by Ricardo Costa - but nothing given!
    • 51' Bayern sub: Muller on, Ribery off
    • 50' Neuer called into action for the first time as Cissokho crosses from the left and the Germany keeper is forced to punch away.
    • 49' But Valencia have stemmed the Bayern attack and are keeping the ball well here. They'll have to improve on their first half display.
    • 48' Bayern pushing to put this game beyond Valencia.
    • 47' More of the same in this second half. Robben has moved over to the left and is seeing a lot more of the ball here.
    • 46' Valencia get the second half underway.
    • HT Bayern have been utterly superior in the first half and could be more than one goal up. Fair assessment? Tweet me
    • HT Bayern Munich 1-0 Valencia
    • 44' Valencia seeing out this half. Seemingly satisfied to take a one goal deficit to the dressing room.
    • 43' Soldado looks to thread the ball through to Jonas, but Dante makes a vital interception.
    • 42' Badstuber is released by Schweinsteiger and, when in the box, Badstuber goes to ground after a slight touch from Rami. Referee rightly ignores calls for a penalty.
    • 41' Kroos drives into the box but, from a tight angle, drills an effort into the side-netting.
    • 39' Bayern in full flow now. Lahm bursts down the right and drills a low cross into the box, but Costa clears for a corner.
    • 38' Emphatic finish - and no less than Bayern deserve.
    • 37' GOAL! 1-0 Bayern! Schweinsteiger scores! Ribery leads the counter attack down the left and finds Robben, who slots in Schweinsteiger on the overlap, to drill a shot into the bottom corner.
    • 35' Kroos cuts in from the left and finds Pizarro, but he fouls his man.
    • 34' The resulting corner is unconvincingly punched away by Alves. Dante nods it back at goal before Valencia desperately clear.
    • 33' Robben cuts in from the right and sees his shot deflected and loops into the air for a corner.
    • 31' Javi Martinez skips past two challenges but, having overrun the ball, catches Rami late.
    • 30' Things have gone a little quiet inside the packed out Allianz Arena. Bayern still trying to break down a dogged Valencia here.
    • 29' Bayern playing a patient game. Lahm working hard down the right at the moment, combining with Robben.
    • 28' Javi Martinez really adds something to this Bayern midfield. Seeing plenty of the ball.
    • 27' Kroos almost latches onto a good ball, but a last-ditch clearance keeps Bayern at bay.
    • 26' A rare attack for Valencia. Feghouli attacks Dante and appears to win a corner - but oddly a goal kick is awarded.
    • 25' Cissokho is yelling at his Valencia teammates to be more alert to the threat of Robben. The Dutchman had a free run at the full-back there.
    • 24' All hands on deck for Valencia, who have endured a gruelling half. Holding up well though.
    • 23' Pizarro finds some space to run into and shoot, but his effort is blocked well.
    • 22' Soldado has barely had a sniff so far, and he is penalised for climbing on the back of Dante.
    • 21' Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are running this game. The two are combining so well, and Valencia's midfield pair of Parejo and Costa are being played off the park at the moment.
    • 20' Javi Martinez is proving a handful for Valencia. Costa fouls him again to prevent a Bayern break.
    • 19' Bayern chance! Fantastic shot by Kroos, who unleashes a left foot thunderbolt from 25 yards that Alves does well to parry to his left.
    • 18' Schweinsteiger goes for goal from distance, but his left-footed shot is tame and Alves saves to his left.
    • 17' Pizarro looks to waltz his way into the box, but Rami is having none of it and makes the interception. Rami dribbles the ball away.
    • 16' Moments later Ribery looks to poke the ball through to Robben, but Alves is alert and races off his line to gather.
    • 15' Bayern chance as Robben almost latches onto a ball over the top of the Valencia defence.
    • 14' Badstuber finds space down the left but he over hits his cross and Valencia can breathe again.
    • 13' Signs that Valencia are feeling their way into this, but Bayern still very dominant.
    • 12' Javi Martinez dives into a challenge in midfield and catches Costa late. Perhaps lucky not to go into the book there.
    • 11' Valencia clear the corner as far as Ribery, who drags a volley well wide from 20 yards.
    • 10' Pizarro's deft touch almost puts Kroos in, but Valencia clear for a corner.
    • 9' It must be said Mario Mandzukic being left on the bench is perhaps a surprise. He has been in superb form, scoring five goals in the opening four games of Bayern's domestic season.
    • 8' Bayern have had 74% possession so far. It will be a long night for Valencia unless they can gain control of midfield.
    • 7' Valencia enjoy their first spell of possession. Pereira swings a low cross into the box but Boateng clears to safety.
    • 6' Bayern come again as Kroos fires into the feet of Pizarro, but the striker is unable to turn and the ball bounces off his feet and is out for a goal kick.
    • 5' The tall, elegant frame of Javi Martinez stands out from the other players. The former Athletic Bilbao man is having plenty of early touches.
    • 4' Valencia struggling to get a foothold in the game.
    • 3' Ribery ducks and weaves his way into space down the left and crosses for Pizarro. The ball runs behind him and Kroos fires over from 10 yards - but the referee had already blown for a foul by Pizarro. Not much in that.
    • 2' Bayern controlling the pace in the early stages. The Bundesliga seeing far more of the ball as they feel their way into the contest.
    • 1' We're underway in Munich.
    • 19.43 We're almost ready for kick off at the Allianz Arena. Which way do you think it will go? Tweet me your predictions!
    • 19.40 Mauricio Pellegrino, Valencia coach: "We are facing a strong team. I hope our fans watch us and I hope they will be proud of their team. Anything can happen in football and we hope we will see something special."
    • 19.35 Jupp Heynckes, Bayern coach: "We no longer linger on our final defeat by Chelsea. This is a new season and we have to concentrate on our group now. The past is the past and I do not think about it any more."
    • 19.30 Record signing Javi Martinez lines up in midfield for his first Champions League start for the Bundeliga side. He will no doubt be keen to get the better of the side he faced 12 times in La Liga with former side Athletic Club.
    • 19.25 Claudio Pizarro starts as a lone striker for Bayern. With Mario Gomez absent with an ankle injury and Mario Mandzukic only a substitute, Jupp Heynckes turns to the 33-year-old who has 17 goals in the Champions League.
    • 19.20 BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Dante, Boateng, Lahm, Badstuber, Ribery, Javi Martinez, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Pizarro. Subs: Starke, Shaqiri, Müller, Luiz Gustavo, Can, Tymoshchuk, Mandzukic /// VALENCIA: Diego Alves, Cissokho, Rami, João Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Feghouli, Guardado, Parejo, Costa, Jonas, Soldado. Subs: Guaita, Barragán, Víctor Ruiz, Viera, Berrnat, Portugués, Valdez.
    • 19.15 These sides renew acquaintances eleven years after they last met in the competition when they contested the 2001 final in Milan. Bayern's home record against Spanish opposition reads W13 D5 L1. Their solitary defeat was a 3-2 reverse against RC Deportivo La Coruna in 2002/03.
    • 19.10 While we wait for the team news let me treat you to some statistics...
    • 19.05 This eye-catching Group F clash pits last season's finalists against Los Che, who are trying to improve on last season's performance in the Champions League, which saw them finish third in a group that contained Genk, Bayer Leverkusen and eventual champions Chelsea.
    • 19.00 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Valencia.
  • Summary

    • 90'+4 Alves saves from Mandzukic! The keeper makes an excellent stop low to his right.
    • 90'+3 RED CARD & PENALTY! Rami gets a second yellow card for a foul on Robben, who wins the penalty.
    • 90' GOAL! 2-1! Valdez scores for Valencia. The Liga side play the corner short to Viera, who whips it onto the head of Valdez, who beats his marker and heads in.
    • 76' GOAL! 2-0 Bayern. Kroos thumps the ball beyond Alves from 25 yards to score a fantastic goal. Kroos has been threatening that all game.
    • 67' Big chance for Valencia! Feghouli uses his strength to hold off Dante and get into a shooting position - but sees his shot saved well by Neuer at his near post.
    • 56' Bayern chance! Kroos shifts the ball onto his left foot 20 yards from goal and unleashes a thunderous strike that Alves tip over with one hand.
    • 52' Bayern penalty appeal! Muller is released down the right by Lahm's fantastic ball. Muller pulls back to Kroos, who appears to be tripped by Ricardo Costa - but nothing given!
    • 37' GOAL! 1-0 Bayern! Schweinsteiger scores! Ribery leads the counter attack down the left and finds Robben, who slots in Schweinsteiger on the overlap, to drill a shot into the bottom corner.
    • 19' Bayern chance! Fantastic shot by Kroos, who unleashes a left foot thunderbolt from 25 yards that Alves does well to parry to his left.
    • 11' Valencia clear the corner as far as Ribery, who drags a volley well wide from 20 yards.
    • 3' Ribery ducks and weaves his way into space down the left and crosses for Pizarro. The ball runs behind him and Kroos fires over from 10 yards - but the referee had already blown for a foul by Pizarro. Not much in that.
    • 19.20 BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Dante, Boateng, Lahm, Badstuber, Ribery, Javi Martinez, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Pizarro. Subs: Starke, Shaqiri, Müller, Luiz Gustavo, Can, Tymoshchuk, Mandzukic /// VALENCIA: Diego Alves, Cissokho, Rami, João Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Feghouli, Guardado, Parejo, Costa, Jonas, Soldado. Subs: Guaita, Barragán, Víctor Ruiz, Viera, Berrnat, Portugués, Valdez.
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