Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bayern's Quality Obvious as City Are Ripped Apart

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bayern's Quality Obvious as City Are Ripped Apart

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MANCHESTER CITY ............ 1 BAYERN MUNICH................. 3 EUROPEAN champions Bayern Munich delivered a footballing masterclass as they powered to a convincing 3-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The formidable attacking trio of Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben all struck as City were completely outplayed in Champions League Group D, although they also contributed to their own downfall.

Errors from goalkeeper Joe Hart and the defence proved costly but the hosts at least finished strongly as Alvaro Negredo replied and Bayern had former City defender Jerome Boateng sent off.

The result lifted Bayern clear at the top of the group and, even after just two games, probably left City in a battle for second place with their next opponents CSKA Moscow.

The overwhelming feeling was that a City side that thrashed Manchester United just 10 days previously were taught a footballing lesson.

Hart was at fault for Bayern's opener and was beaten too easily for the third goal, while Gael Clichy was the chief culprit for the second.

City seemed intent on making a lively start but it soon became apparent that Bayern had the class to boss the game. They carved out an early opening as David Alaba was given room to cross but Robben was unable to direct a header on target.

City showed some promise as Jesus Navas crossed for Micah Richards but the defender headed at Manuel Neuer.

Bayern firmly took control of the match in the seventh minute as Ribery cut in from the left and unleashed a low swerving shot from the edge of the area which Hart failed to deal with.

It was powerful strike but after a relatively serene spell for club and country for Hart, it was a mistake that will provide untimely ammunition to critics ahead of England's climactic World Cup qualifiers.

Bayern oozed class thereafter, barely giving City a kick as they dominated possession and cut their way through the hosts with quick and incisive passes.

Remarkably, it yielded few clearcut chances in the first half but Hart punched unconvincingly from an Alaba cross and Toni Kroos had a long-range shot deflected narrowly wide. …

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