Lahm: We were lucky to get a draw

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm admitted that his side were second best and were lucky to get a 1-1 draw against Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla.

Football News: Bayern Munich

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Valencia looked like they were in trouble after they were reduced to 10 men when Antonio Barragan was sent off for a two-footed lunge on David Alaba in the first half but they managed to hold their own for most of the game, even taking a late lead when Sofiane Feghouli struck in the 77th minute. 

Bayern managed to escape the ignominy of falling to a loss despite their extra man when Thomas Muller struck an equaliser five minutes later, ending the match in a draw which put both sides through to the next round of the competition.

Lahm was relieved at the result after his side failed to make the most of their chances.

"We played against ten men for a long time, but often took the wrong decisions. In the end, we were lucky to get a draw."

Manager Jupp Heynckes also shared a similiar view and praised Valencia for their resilience.

"We just weren't able to penetrate their back four. Valencia are a very good team on the break. They defended outstandingly throughout the entire game and then were able to break very well.

"Unfortunately my team did not manage to make the most of its superiority with good positioning to create chances to score goals."

Valencia manager Mauricio Pellegrino praised his side's effort in holding the German giants despite their disadvantage.

"The sending-off changed the game a lot. It was a beautiful game on our part and a pity in the end that we didn't manage to win it. I saw a lot of quality in my team. We had the intelligence to try to look for various ways to break Bayern down. 

"They played with three attackers and are a side that are used to having the ball all the time. I thought they would look to control the game but we put in a huge effort and at the end my players are very tired.

"Our fans wanted us to produce our best in this match as did we. 

"Obviously we will try to win the last match [against LOSC Lille] but the important thing right now is that we are through. I am very satisfied. My players gave everything and enjoyed a great night in a game that demanded maximum effort against a first-class rival.

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