Bayern Munich 4-3 Manchester United: Kane Scores In Seven-Goal Thriller
Manchester United’s return to the Champions League ended in disappointment as Harry Kane converted a penalty for Bayern Munich an an entertaining 4-3 victory that was initiated by Andre Onana’s error.
The two European giants are currently in very different phases, with perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich considered second favorites to win the competition, while Manchester United didn’t even participate in it last season.
Despite being plagued by absences, United started the match brightly at the Allianz Arena. Their bright start was, however, short-lived, as Serge Gnabry found the net shortly after Leroy Sane capitalized on a mistake by summer signing Onana.
Rasmus Hojlund scored his first goal for the club, but Kane swiftly converted a penalty to make it 3-1 for the hosts. Casemiro added two more goals, sandwiched between Mathys Tel’s stoppage-time strike, resulting in Manchester United’s fourth defeat in five matches.
The final result was difficult to dispute, but Manchester United displayed early promise in Bavaria and missed crucial chances to take the lead through Facundo Pellistri and Christrian Eriksen within the opening four minutes.
Bayern Munich overcame their initial sluggishness, with Sane’s strike finding the net, leaving a despondent Onana, before Gnabry added another goal just four minutes later.
Hojlund’s goal injected a glimmer of hope into Ten Hag’s men. However, their optimism was short-lived, as Eriksen was soon deemed to have handled the ball.
Harry Kane stepped up to convert the resulting penalty, and Casemiro added two more goals, with Tel’s strike coming in the midst of a dramatic conclusion to the opening Group A match.
Bayern had an impressive track record of winning their Champions League openers for 19 consecutive seasons leading up to this clash in Munich. Furthermore, they hadn’t lost a group-stage game at home since 2013, making it an uphill battle for Manchester United.
And despite these odds, United started the match with purpose and had opportunities to take an early lead. Eriksen intercepted a loose pass from Sane just outside the edge of the box and delivered a clever, slightly deflected ball to the far post, which was narrowly cleared.
Alphonso Davies’ timely challenge thwarted Pellistri’s attempt to score on just his second start for United, and Eriksen’s follow-up shot went straight to Sven Ulreich.
United continued to display confidence both in and out of possession, aiming to maintain a solid defensive stance while posing an attacking threat.
Bayern, on the other hand, appeared unusually sloppy at crucial moments, but their fortunes turned around when Onana made a critical error, handing them a 28th-minute lead.
Sane made a decisive move, cutting in from the right flank and receiving a well-timed return pass from Kane. He unleashed a first-time snap shot that easily beat the Manchester United goalkeeper.
A dejected Onana buried his head in the turf, and his teammates rushed over to console him-an initial gut punch followed by another blow just four minutes later.
Impressive play by Jamal Musiala on the left side saw him maintain his composure under pressure in the box, laying the ball back for Gnabry to calmly sweep it into the net.
Sane came close to scoring a third for Bayern before the halftime break. United returned to the pitch with renewed determination and managed to find the net in the 49th minute.
A swift passing sequence after regaining possession concluded with Hojlund turning and taking a shot that deflected off Kim and found its way into the goal, much to the delight of the United fans situated high at the opposite end of the stadium.
The Bavarians wasted little time in reestablishing their two-goal advantage. Musiala’s shot was deflected just wide, and play was briefly halted as the VAR reviewed a potential penalty situation.
Referee Glenn Nyberg was advised to review an Eriksen handball following Dayot Upamecano’s header. After reviewing the incident, the official pointed to the spot.
Kane stepped up and confidently struck the resulting penalty into the bottom left-hand corner, well beyond Onana’s reach.
Sane came close to scoring again, with his effort hitting the post, as Bayern continued to press for a fourth goal while Manchester United tried to tighten their defensive resolve.
Musiala’s impressive display led to Onana making a crucial save, denying a powerful strike from Harry Kane. Lisandro Martinez received a yellow card in the aftermath of the save.
Onana made another vital stop, this time denying a 20-yard shot from Sane from finding the back of the net, as the visitors desperately clung to their hopes. Onana also pushed away a goal-bound attempt from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
United managed to find the net in the 88th minute when Casemiro directed the ball home after an initial failed attempt, setting the stage for a thrilling finale.
Muller struck the post in stoppage time, and then Tel fired the ball into the roof of the net, adding more drama to the match. Casemiro later headed in a Bruno Fernandes free-kick, but time ran out for Manchester United to secure a draw.