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‘Luck not in Lewy’s side’

Updated on: 15 September,2022 08:04 AM IST  |  Munich (Germany)

Lewandowski’s ex-teammate Manuel Neuer feels the Barca star striker was unlucky to miss out on scoring opportunities in 0-2 loss v Bayern; Hernandez, Sane score one each for the hosts

‘Luck not in Lewy’s side’

A Robert Lewandowski header is saved by Bayern skipper and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during their Champions League match at Allianz Arena, Munich on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images

Two second-half goals in three minutes, including a superb chip from Leroy Sane, helped Bayern Munich defeat Barcelona 2-0 on Robert Lewandowski’s return to Bavaria in the Champions League on Tuesday. 

Bayern’s France defender Lucas Hernandez headed in a corner to open the scoring, but it was Sane who put the game beyond doubt for the home side. Former Manchester City forward Sane, who scored one and created another in Bayern’s 2-0 opening Champions League win at Inter Milan, helped turn the match, which was well in Barca’s favour after a furious opening half. 

Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring against BarcelonaBayern Munich’s Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring against Barcelona

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The Germany attacker scored Bayern’s second in the 54th minute, chipping a ball over Catalan ’keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen, just three minutes after Bayern’s Hernandez headed in a corner from Joshua Kimmich to open the scoring. Lewandowski, greeted by warm applause from the home fans during the pre-game warm up, had several chances to open the scoring. “I think for Lewy it was really an emotional game to come back—a little bit like coming home, because he was so successful here,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer told Amazon Prime. 

“The luck in the decisive moments wasn’t on his side—and that became our luck. With his volley [in the 19th minute] we had a little bit of luck that it went over the crossbar...but I think we showed a really good defensive performance.” 

Lewandowski latched on to a dipping pass from Pedri in the 19th minute, but shot too high, just tickling the top of the crossbar. Just one minute later the Poland forward again received the ball just metres from Bayern’s goal, but his header was saved from close range by Manuel Neuer.

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