Bayern Munich late show stuns Benfica

Posted Thursday, October 21, 2021 by

Germans grab big away win

Bayern Munich late show stuns Benfica
Leroy Sane celebrates scoring Bayern Munich's first goal in their 4-0 win against Benfica.Armando FrancaAP

Aruthless Bayern Munich scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to leave Benfica on the end of a Champions League thrashing after they had given as good as they got for most of the game.

Both goalkeepers performed well to keep the scoreline at 0-0 until deep into the second half but the visitors were in the ascendency at the Estadio da Luz.

After having goals correctly ruled off by VAR either side of half-time - one for an unpunished handball by Robert Lewandowski, one for an offside - the German team eventually made the breakthrough in style thanks to Leroy Sane.

In the 70th minute, Benfica conceded a cheap free kick within shooting distance and Sane did just that, powering the ball beyond Odysseas Vlachodimos.

The goal was a huge blow to the home side who were starting to lag and the second, which came 10 minutes later via an Everton Soares own goal, was the nail in the coffin.

Bayern were still hungry however and in the 82nd minute Lewandowski tapped in his 16th goal of the season (in just 12 games) after Sane unselfishly squared it to him.

Sane was to get another himself just two minutes later, applying the finishing touch to a swift and lethal counter.

For a game that was a close and well contested event for so long, Bayern's thumping victory almost came as a shock in the manner that it happened, but it was also, ultimately, no less than they deserved. Kingsley Coman was one of the standout performers, making things happen with his quick feet.

The result means that Bayern top Group E with three wins from three, although Benfica are still in second place, one point ahead of Barcelona.

Bayern host Benfica in two weeks' time in a game that could see them clinch qualification, while the Lisbon club will be keen to avoid potentially being overtaken by Barcelona.

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