Haaland misses penalty against Bayern, scores and stands with City in semifinals
Manchester City did not let Bayern Munich surprise them in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Coach Pep Guardiola’s team played to a 1-1 draw in Germany after winning the home game 3-0.
At City, Dutchman Nathan Aké dropped out after 65 minutes with a hamstring injury. Matthijs de Ligt played the entire match for Bayern, where former Ajax players Daley Blind, Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch remained on the bench for the entire match.
In the first half, Bayern could not grab the English by the throat. Nevertheless, it had several chances to bring back the tension in the two-a-side. Leroy Sané was sent deep after more than a quarter of an hour and headed at City goalkeeper Ederson, but the German’s effort went wide.
Just before halftime, Kingsley Coman shot hard at the hands of the same Ederson. The Frenchman also failed to get the ball in moments later as several City players threw themselves in front of the ball.
Meanwhile, Bayern got away well several times. A red card from the schlemiel of the outward match, Dayot Upamecano, was withdrawn because Erling Haaland was offside.
Also, referee Clément Turpin later found that Upamecano made hands. However, the awarded penalty was missed by Haaland.
Haaland goal after all
The top Norwegian striker did find the net early in the second half. Upemacano was again unfortunate. A slip by him allowed Haaland a free pass towards the enemy goal. The top scorer of the Champions League (12 goals after tonight) shot the goal face to face with Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
After City’s goal, Bayern’s resistance was broken. Although a goal by Mathys Tel was still disallowed and Joshua Kimmich exploited another penalty (1-1) after hands by Manuel Akanji.