SECOND HALF – VAR CALL STUNS UNITED
Ten Hag’s men clawed a goal back four minutes after the break to briefly raise the hopes of the travelling supporters. Rashford’s instant pass fed Hojlund and his effort took a deflection off Kim Min-jae and rolled past Ulreich to spark passionate celebrations from the Danish centre-forward.
Instead of being a launchpad for the Reds, within seconds, Bayern had a three-on-two attack that resulted in Musiala’s shot deflecting off Dalot and flying just wide. From the corner, Upamecano’s header struck Eriksen’s hand and, after a lengthy VAR review, the officials decided it was worthy of a penalty. Kane was unconcerned with any controversy as he buried the spot-kick beyond Onana’s right hand.
Sane was denied by the base of a post after being released by Musiala in the 55th minute as the German champions threatened to run away with it, while Onana kept out a Kane attempt after the dangerous Musiala sped past Casemiro in midfield to create the opportunity.
Onana batted away a strange shot by Sane that moved in the air and produced the save of the night to push away a piledriver by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The Cameroon international also denied another sub, Kingsley Coman, as Bayern kept hunting a fourth goal. Choupo-Moting was next to test Onana again but some life was breathed into United with a couple of minutes to go.
A sustained attack involved Bruno Fernandes and Rashford before substitute Anthony Martial nudged it towards Casemiro. Although he was on the deck after being crowded out by Bayern defenders, the Brazil international cleverly hooked home to reduce the arrears.
However, we again conceded soon after finding the net ourselves, as Thomas Muller hit a post and the danger was not cleared, with impressive youngster Tel lofting high into the net when left unmarked to pick up a Joshua Kimmich through ball. Remarkably, there was still time for Fernandes’s free-kick to be nodded in by Casemiro during a crazy conclusion to the tough assignment in Munich.
With Galatasaray coming from behind to draw 2-2 with FC Copenhagen, Group A is certainly off to a dramatic start.