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Lewandowski puts Bayern ahead of Atletico

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Atletico Madrid

Lewandowski puts Bayern ahead of Atletico

Atletico Madrid had hoped to finish their Champions’ League Group D campaign with six straight victories but Robert Lewandowski’s free-kick in the first 45 minutes of the game turned things around.

Lewandowski’s free-kick resulted in a goal that gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena.

Both teams are unaffected by qualification concerns because both teams were already through to the next round of the tournament.

Atletico won the first leg of the game, but Bayern revenge for the first lie loss at the Vicente Calderon back in September. All thanks to in-form Lewandowski who curled a 28-minute 22-yard free-kick into the top right corner to win his team the victory.

The expected substitutions were done by both teams; Bayern had not lost one game in their last 14 home Champions’ League matches though they appeared to be experiencing problems in their defense in the match just 9 minutes after kick-off.

It seemed like an unusual period when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deflected away Carrasco’s low drive. Slowly, the host got back on their feet, with Douglas Costa shooting an angled shot that got blocked, Arjen Robben sending in a follow-up cross that hacked out of a packed six-yard box, and Vidal scuffing a shot wide from the 12 yards box.

The tussle continued until Lewandowski’s free-kick gave Bayern the lead. Atletico’s effort to secure a goal was a struggle, as Bayern remained on the offensive all through the match, especially during the closing stages of the first 45 minutes.

Sanches managed to make a goal-bound effort, but it was blocked. The offensive by Bayern continued straight from the beginning of the second half leaving Athletico to struggle throughout the game.

Athletico’s coach exhausted all three substitutions at the closing stages but did not get close to finding an equalizer, even with the injection of fresh legs, it was insufficient to stop an outstanding Bayern Munich side.

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