Tel scores late as Bayern Munich overtakes Copenhagen after falling behind

Bayern struggled and lacked mobility against a strong Copenhagen team who took the lead early in the second half due to Lukas Lerager’s goal.

In order to boost the ante and prevent Bayern from losing their first Champions League group stage encounter since September 2017, Thomas Tuchel’s team used a brilliant individual performance from Jamal Musiala.

With only seven seconds left, Tel, who had been substituted in place of Thomas Mueller, picked up the ball from the Bayern veteran and fired the game-winning goal past the defenseless Kamil Grabara.

Super-sub After coming off the bench, Tel has now scored five of his six goals, helping Bayern win their fifteenth straight game during the group stage.

When Musiala scored the equalizer, Tuchel admitted to seeking to replace the forward.

Tuchel smiled and stated, “He’s recovering from a muscular ailment and we’d tried to take him off.

Joshua Kimmich, the captain of Bayern, hailed Mueller and Tel, who combined for the winning goal after coming off the bench. We have excellent depth on the bench, and they have come through for us frequently this year.
Injury-hit Bayern entered the game with just two established center backs and had spent the week wooing 35-year-old former defender Jerome Boateng in the hopes of signing him to a temporary contract.

Even with a full contingent, Bayern had been worryingly leaky in defence in recent weeks, with 10 goals they have conceded in the past four matches too many for a side who spent big in the summer hoping for a seventh European title this season.

Despite Harry Kane and other notable players being on the full roster, Tuchel frequently bemoans his team’s “thin” roster while expressing his “great respect for every Champions League opponent” prior to the game.

As in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at RB Leipzig, Bayern again struggled to find fluency in the first half against a team that was eager to push hard and battle.

Copenhagen took the lead 10 minutes into the second half, although the German champions, who had fallen behind by two goals, were able to quickly recover to tie the game.

Lerager smashed in a first-time shot after Bayern’s Kim Min-jae stopped winger Viktor Claesson’s strong attempt.

The stunned visitors tried to instantly get back into the game and controlled possession, but Copenhagen fought valiantly because they didn’t want to lose another game after being up by two goals and drawing with Galatasaray.

Musiala took it upon himself to bring Bayern back into the game with just over 20 minutes left, eluding two players and keeping a third at bay to slam home past Grabara.

As he has done numerous times this season, Tuchel turned to Tel, and the 18-year-old striker nearly instantly met his expectations by netting a stunning goal just six minutes after entering the game to put Bayern in up.

With less than a minute remaining, Bayern ‘keeper Sven Ulreich got his fingertips to a loose ball from a cross, helping the club keep their stellar group stage record intact.

AFP

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