Robert Lewandowski’s brilliant 28-minute free-kick was all Bayern needed to end Atletico’s unbeaten record since Madrid Derby.
Bayern kept their impressive run intact and got their third win on the bounce which helped them finish the group stage in excellent style. This is Atletico’s first loss since the Madrid derby.
Let’s examine how the game played out; some moments in the game were highlighted to determine possible lapses, probabilities, and consistencies.
Changes were made by both coaches because the group standings were decided already, it was easy to experiment with decisions. It was understandable for both teams to make such moves because, at this stage, both teams had already qualified for the next round.
So a lot of changes were made in the process of the game without any regrets by both teams’ managers. Atletico was outstanding on the night but were just outplayed by Bayern’s brilliance.
Early Atletico Opportunities
Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco had two opportunities to register an early goal and take the lead, his failure to maximize the chances he had, created the opening for Lewandowski’s 28-minute goal. Again, Yannick Carrasco had a second and even easier goal opportunity when Lucas Hernandez put forth a cross that Carrasco failed to push into the back of the net.
If one of Atletico’s early goal chances gone in, Bayern’s confidence would have somewhat crumbled. Atletico would have tried to end the match in a draw or possible win.
Being strong, excellent in the air, competent, and with goal-scoring abilities, Lewandowski is a significant threat to teams that play against Bayern.
Having registered a 28-minute goal with a stunning free-kick, Atletico couldn’t do any more than lose confidence. In every aspect a striker is needed, Lewandowski can serve. Atletico just couldn’t pull through the match as Bayern came all out looking adequately prepared.
Munich strong on the offensive
Bayern’s left side was overly secured by Douglas Costa and Juan Bernat. Atletico players hardly even broke past the left wing. Nico Gaitan’s impact was made to look so little, as he touched the ball only three times in the first half.
After starting the game on the bright side, Antoine Griezmann lost form after 20 minutes of play. He became invisible, maybe due to Bayern’s oppressive possession of the ball. And even when Atletico got a hold of the ball, Bayern players wouldn’t let them keep it. All the Griezmann and Carrasco could do was to chase along aimlessly against the strength and aerial abilities of Hummels and Alaba.