Bayern Munich 1 Man City 0: Three talking points as Joe Hart stars
Bayern Munich 1 Man City 0: Three talking points as Manuel Pellegrini's men are narrowly beaten
Brilliant Boateng breaks City hearts
Having gone to the Allianz arena and produced a brilliant, if at times nervy, defensive performance to keep the attacking threat of Bayern at bay for near enough 90 minutes, City could be forgiven for being upset at not returning to Manchester without at least a point. For Munich though, a tactical masterstroke which saw Jerome Boateng push forward from defence to deal his former club a damaging blow. Having seen a thundering effort turned around the post just seconds before, Boateng managed to final beat the brilliant Joe Hart who had been unflappable all night. City will be left scratching their heads wondering how they didn’t get something out of it.
Majestic Hart keeps Bayern under wraps
Boasting a wealth of attacking threats both in the starting line-up and on the bench, Bayern looked to be nailed on for goals aplenty, but England’s number one had other ideas. Typically brilliant off his line, he showed great command of the area pouncing on anything dangerous and made a sublime one-handed save to deny Muller in the first half. Once again Hart has seen his status as City’s number one under speculation and yet again he has stepped up and shown everyone what he can do. He did have a few shaky moments as the match reached its denouement but by and large it was a fine performance from Hart, whose confidence was felt by his defenders in front of him, all of which was seemingly undone by Boateng in the final five minutes when not even Hart could prevent the powerful strike finding the top corner of the net.
Bayern fail to bury guilt-edged chances in frustrating display
If there was one player to epitomise the performance of the 2013 European Champions it was Thomas Mueller. The German international cut a frustrated figure when he was substituted with a little over 15 minutes to go. After wasting a chance that was easier to score than miss after just 41 seconds, he then saw a point-blank effort brilliantly tipped over the bar by Hart to keep the scores tied. Only Jordi Alaba was able to force a save from Hart, until the audacious effort from Boateng was turned round the post by the England gloveman. He then went one better from the resulting corner firing another fine effort into the top right corner to break City hearts.