Bayern Munich put their recent struggles behind them as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Celtic in their UEFA Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich 3 Celtic 0
- Muller gives Bayern early lead
- Kimmich doubles their advantage
- Hummels seals win shortly after HT
- Hoops hit the woodwork twice
Jupp Heynckes’s side dominated proceedings from start to finish, with Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich giving them a 2-0 lead at the break.
Mats Hummels sealed the win early in the second half to keep Bayern second in Group C, three points behind leaders Paris Saint-German on nine.
The hosts almost got off to a flying start when Thiago converted Robert Lewandowski’s cut-back pass in the sixth minute, but the goal was disallowed as the Polish striker had taken the ball out of play in the build-up.
They were soon threatening again as Kingsley Coman set up David Alaba with a fine pass, but the left-back blazed over the crossbar.
However, the breakthrough came on 17 minutes when Lewandowski drew Craig Gordon into a smart save with his header and Muller reacted quickest to slot home on the rebound.
Bayern firmed their grip on the match 12 minutes later with Kimmich doubling their lead, the Germany international heading home Coman’s cross from the left.
The Bavarian giants were unable to add to their two-goal advantage before the break, although Lewandowski went close with a venomous strike that Gordon kept out with his elbow.
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A third goal for Bayern six minutes after the restart put the result beyond doubt as Hummels out-jumped Scott Brown to head home Arjen Robben’s corner.
Robben was making his 100th Champions League appearance and tried his utmost to mark the occasion with a goal, but he was denied by Kieran Tierney, who hooked the Dutch winger’s header off the line with 30 minutes remaining.
A rare chance for the Hoops saw Tierney brush the outside of the post with a rasping effort from range, while back up the other end Gordon was called into action to keep out Robben and Lewandowski.
The woodwork came to the hosts’ rescue again in the closing stages when Brown struck the frame of the goal, and Gordon pulled off another superb save to prevent Lewandowski from getting his name on the scoresheet at the death.