10 December 2020 02:39
Bayern Munich defeats Lokomotiv Moscow: It was Bayern Munich vs Lokomotiv Moscow in the 6th match of UEFA Champions League Group Stage. Bayern defeated Lokomotiv 2-0 in the UCL Group Stage match. It was a frustrating match for Bayern as they just could not find the net. The match was goalless in the first half. It took 62 minutes for Bayern to score the first goal of the match.
It was Niklas Sule who rose high and headed the ball home to give the hosts the lead. The lead was doubled by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 80th minute. Bayern Munich continued their unbeaten streak to finish at the top of Group A with 16 points. They qualify for the UCL Round of 16. Lokomotiv Moscow finishes at the last spot with just 3 points.
Thomas Muller fired wide from close range in the 39th minute before making way for Serge Gnabry after the break, a substitution that provided an instant boost. The Bavarians came close with a Sule header and Choupo-Moting's back heel flick in the 53rd, before a double chance from Gnabry, who was denied by keeper Guilherme and volleyed the rebound narrowly wide. Guilherme was beaten in the 63rd minute when Douglas Costa whipped in a corner and Sule rose above two defenders to drill a powerful header past the keeper. Former Stoke City and Paris Saint-Germain attacker Choupo-Moting doubled the lead in 10 minutes from time to lift Bayern to 16 points. The Bavarians are joined in the knockout stage by Atletico Madrid while Lokomotiv finished bottom on three points. Bayern Munich won all of their home games in the Champions League group stage for the second straight season as they saw off Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 on Wednesday. With top spot in Group A already ensured for the holders heading into the encounter in Munich, Hansi Flick's side had little pressure on their shoulders. A toothless first-half display paved the way for a much-improved performance after the break as Niklas Sule's towering header and an excellent finish from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw Bayern return to winning ways after drawing with Atletico Madrid last week. Flick has now won 13 of his 14 Champions League matches in charge of Bayern, who have shown little let up following their triumphant campaign last term. Bayern enjoyed 69.1 per cent possession in the first half, though their dominance only resulted in one attempt on target. It came in the 30th minute, with Douglas Costa drilling straight at Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme. Maciej Rybus and Francois Kamano went close against the run of play, before Thomas Muller sliced just wide at the other end. Serge Gnabry was introduced at half-time and the winger almost set up an opener within five minutes, with Sule's header from his team-mate's corner kept out by Guilherme. Brazil-born Russia international Guilherme denied Bayern again moments later, blocking Choupo-Moting's clever flick, but his standout stop came in the 57th minute. Gnabry met Kingsley Coman's cross and, despite diving in the opposite direction, Guilherme made a supreme save with his feet before Bayern's number seven thumped wide on the rebound. Lokomotiv's resolve was finally broken in the 63rd minute, though, with Sule meeting Costa's corner and directing a brilliant header beyond Guilherme. Gnabry saw another stinging effort saved with 10 minutes remaining, but Lokomotiv failed to clear their lines and were punished when Choupo-Moting slammed home his first Champions League goal for Bayern.