Bayern Munich 5-2 Benfica player rating

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Bayern Munich secured passage to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night, and put 5-2 against Benfica at the Allianz Arena.

A desperate start to the game led to opportunities at both ends, where Benfica put the ball in the net first. Lucas Verissimo’s entry was ruled out, however, because Pizzi was judged to have assisted his colleague from offside position.

It was finally the hosts who broke the deadlock in the 26th minute. Kingsley Coman turned his fullback in and out before teeing up Robert Lewandowski on the back stick. Six minutes later, Serge Gnabry was casually back-healing Lewandowski’s cut back to 2-0, after Poland hooked on a sensational ball by Joshua Kimmich.

Benfica managed to pull one back in the 38th minute, when Morato nodded in Alex Grimaldo’s cross to score a Champions League goal past Manuel Neuer for the first time this campaign. Bayern could have restored their two-goal cushion before the half-time whistle, although Lewandowski’s shocking effort from the spot was easily saved by Odysseas Vlachodimos.

However, it only took Die Roten four minutes after the resumption to get a third. Alphonso Davies headed down Kimmich’s beautiful cut pass into the path of Leroy Sane, before the German emphatically shot home a half volley in the far corner.

Leroy Sane with a fantastic goal / Boris Streubel / GettyImages

Julian Nagelsmann’s men then did the four with a thing of beauty. Kimmich put his side on the counter with a perfectly executed first ball up to Sane, who kept himself cool to lay out Lewandowski. The striker compensated for his previous mistake by taking a touch to step past his defender and lower the ball over the attacking goalkeeper.

The guests were comforted by 15 minutes left, when Joao Mario drove on the counter before feeding Darwin Nunez, who slid the ball through Neuer’s legs.

However, you would be an idiot if you thought Bayern were done there. They took their fifth when Lewandowski took Manuel Neuer’s incredible long-range pass from the sky, before easily lobbying the goalkeeper to seal his hat-trick.

Benfica were put out of their misery shortly after, when the referee blew up to seal a thumping victory and a place in the round of 16 for Die Roten. This is how the players rated …

Tanguy Nianzou makes his Champions League debut for Bayern Munich / TOBIAS SCHWARZ / GettyImages

Manuel Neuer (GK) – 7/10 – Got a small chance with Benfica’s first blow but should feel disappointed to be beaten for a second time. But compensated for that with an impressive assist to Lewandowski’s third.

Benjamin Pavard (RB) – 6/10 – You know when big, illuminated store signs have a letter broken and off? That letter is Pavard for Bayern Munich at the moment. Just a little, meh.

Dayot Upamecano (CB) – 7/10 – Should have done better in the build-up to both Benfica goals, but otherwise he was stable, generally overpowered the opposition and recovered four balls.

Tanguy Nianzou (CB) – 7/10 – When he made his Champions League debut for Bayern, the 19-year-old was composed on the ball and was an impressive presence to win four air duels.

Alphonso Davies (LB) – 8/10 – A fantastic achievement on his 21st birthday. Made crucial defensive interventions all the time and took an assist to Sane’s goal. Happy birthday, Phonzie!

Lewandowski ➡️ Gnabry

A deadly combination for Bayern …

That fluffy finish is just filthy? #UCL pic.twitter.com/KU5RC93RWd

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 2, 2021

Joshua Kimmich (CM) – 9/10 – A monumental presence in the heart of this site. A grainy screen on his four backs – making five balls – but a silky playmaker from the depths. Played decisive and exquisite balls for his teammates in the build-up to the team’s first, third and fourth goals. Drove the show.

Leon Goretzka (CM) – 7/10 – Always stubborn in his defensive tasks, he tried to focus his attacks down the middle.

Serge Gnabry (AM) – 8/10 – Drifted around and helped link games from across the field, although his most devastating moment came when he made late runs into the area. So hard to pick up and made it count to 2-0.

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On his 100th Champions League appearance, Robert Lewandowski makes his fourth hat trick in the competition … ✨ # UCL pic.twitter.com/qvqfbnfjrI

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 2, 2021

Kingsley Coman (RW) – 8/10 – Terrorized his resistance from the beginning with a windy pace, footwork and end product. An outstanding performance ended with the assist of his team’s first.

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 9/10 – Marked his 100th Champions League appearance with an assist and a hat trick – a simple start, a phenomenal second and a wonderful third. Probably do not even remember his terrible punishment.

Leroy Sane (LW) – 8/10 – Good work pace throughout and showed fantastic movement into central spaces. Consistently showed excellent spatial awareness and used it with a brilliant finish to make it 3-1.

First set of subs?

➡️ @JamalMusiala ➡️ Omar #Richards

⬅️ Kingsley #Coman ⬅️ @AlphonsoDavies

♦ ️ #FCBSLB 4-1 (65 ‘) ♦ ️

– FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 2, 2021

Jamal Musiala (RW) – 6/10

Omar Richards (LB) – 6/10

Thomas Muller (AM) – 6/10

Marcel Sabitzer (CM) – 7/10

Bouna Sarr (RB) – N / A

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