In a thrilling UEFA Champions League showdown, Bayern Munich delivered a heart-stopping 4-3 victory over Manchester United, further solidifying their impeccable record with an astonishing 35-match unbeaten streak in the group stage.
Despite the pressure stemming from a disappointing weekend loss, Manchester United made a surprising start, asserting themselves as the superior side and disrupting Bayern’s rhythm. Christian Eriksen nearly capitalized on their early dominance with a dangerous cross, but Alphonso Davies’ defensive prowess and Sven Ulreich’s save denied United an early lead.
Bayern, however, eventually found their stride and capitalized on their chances. Leroy Sané’s shot was fortuitously parried into the net by André Onana, followed by a moment of brilliance from Jamal Musiala, who danced through United’s defense to set up Serge Gnabry for a clinical finish. United’s hopes hinged on reaching halftime without conceding again.
United launched a spirited second-half effort, finding the net through Rasmus Højlund after Bayern failed to clear the ball. However, Bayern responded swiftly, as Harry Kane confidently converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Eriksen. Bayern’s hunger for goals persisted, with Sané narrowly denied by the woodwork.
United struggled to regain momentum after Bayern restored their two-goal lead, but a late lifeline emerged as Casemiro pounced on an opportunity, poking the ball past Ulreich. Yet, Bayern swiftly replied, sealing the victory as Mathys Tel displayed composure in the box, rifling a shot into the roof of the net. In a sensational twist, Casemiro added another for United from a Bruno Fernandes free-kick. However, time ran out for United as Bayern emerged victorious in a UCL classic, showcasing their resilience and attacking prowess.