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UEFA Champions League

  • 20 September 2012
  • • 00:15
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: F. Aydinus
  • • Attendance: 68000

Live Commentary

  • Thank you very much for joining us here on for tonight's Champions League drama. Be sure to stick around for all the post-match news and analysis from all of tonight's fixtures. My name is Tom Webber, and it has been a pleasure to guide you through the action. Have a great evening.
  • It is all over at the Allianz Arena and Bayern Munich have won their opening fixture 2-1 over Valencia. Schweinsteiger gave the dominant Germans the lead in the first half but they stepped off the gas after the break. Nevertheless, Kroos doubled their lead after a mistake by Feghouli before Valdez netted a consolation header. Mandzukic then missed a chance to put the gloss back on the win as his penalty was saved in stoppage time.
  • 90' + 4'
    Penalty save Diego Alves
    MANDZUKIC MISSES!! Disappointing penalty from the Croatian striker as he fails to find the corner, scuffing it along the ground with no power or pace. Well done Diego Alves for guessing the right way.
  • 90' + 4'
    Missed Penalty Mario Mandzukic
  • 90' + 3'
    PENALTY TO BAYERN!! AND RAMI IS OFF! Robben breaks forward down the left and cuts across the Frenchman. He pulls him back and brings his down and the Germans have a chance to restore the two-goal margin.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow/Red Adil Rami
  • 90'
    Assist Jonathan Viera
  • 90'
    Goal Haedo Valdéz
    GOOOOOOAAAAALLL!! Where did that come from?! Viera, who had looked out of sorts since coming on, curled in a beautiful cross that Valdez attacked fervently. He looked the most eager to reach it and sent his header past Muller and in at the corner.
  • 90'
    Cissokho gives away a free kick just outside the Bayern area and immediately the Germans look to exploit the space he vacated. The ball is played up to Muller but it is intercepted.
  • 89'
    Not a fantastic night for Soldado tonight but he could not really have done any more. He received no service all night but attempted to chase as frequently as possible. A chance never fell his way and he will be hugely disappointed with that.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionRoberto Soldado Barragán
  • 87'
    After a long delay the ball is shifted at the set play for Robben to shoot. Again it is disappointing as he hits the wall but the ricochet falls straight to Mandzukic. He stabs an effort at goal but it is deflected behind for a corner.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Ricardo Costa
  • 85'
    Robben bends the ball into the area but fails to lift it over the first defender. That was a bit of a waste, but they attack again and win a free kick inside the D as Ricardo Costa fouls Mandzukic.
  • 84'
    Bayern keep the ball in the Valencia half and after two men go down the referee clearly feels it is time to award them a free kick. Will they be able to find a third from this?
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Adil Rami
  • 83'
    Just as they did after their first goal, Bayern have let their hair down and are really enjoying themselves. Schweinsteiger attacks down the left and tries to square the ball to Robben in the area but Joao Pereira intercepts the cross.
  • 80'
    Bayern break at speed once more and have a man over. Kroos is on the ball and he feeds Mandzukic off to his right. However, he over-hits the pass and sends the Croatian right down to the byeline. He cuts it back to pick out a team-mate but the resultant shot is blocked. What a waste.
  • 78'
    I had been criticising Bayern for becoming sloppy during the second half but it is a momentary lapse that has ultimately cost Valencia this match. Kroos has been fantastic this evening and fully deserves that goal.
  • 76'
    Assist Holger Badstuber
  • 76'
    Goal Toni Kroos
    GOOOOAAAAALLL!! What a strike! Valencia do it to themselves once again as Feghouli concedes possession 30 yards from goal. The ball is given straight to Kroos and he thumps a missile straight into the top corner, giving Alves no chance.
  • 76'
    Valencia have won just five times in 25 games against Bundesliga sides, with 10 defeats. But in Germany they have only been victorious once before. That sole triumph was a 1-0 group stage triumph at Schalke in 2007.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Tino Costa
  • 73'
    The atmosphere at the Allianz Arena has dropped off severely this half. The crowd are clearly not enjoying what they are seeing this half, and they have every right. Bayern have become extremely sloppy and Los Che are now looking like the home side.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionA. Guardado Jonathan Viera
  • 70'
    Heynckes has been critical of his team already this season for switching off after taking a one-goal lead. He will be angry at the slovenliness of his team this half which is allowing Valencia a route back into the match.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionJavi Martínez Luiz Gustavo
  • 68'
    WHAT A CHANCE!! For the first time Dante puts a foot wrong as he allows himself to be outmuscled inside the area by Feghouli. The attacking-midfielder has Valdez square but instead opts to shoot. He misses the target, much to the Paraguayan's displeasure.
  • 66'
    Bayern have started losing concentration and letting their conviction on the ball slip. Pellegrino's side, who are now enjoying their best spell of possession, still look reluctant to commit men forward after they were burned in the first half for such an action.
  • 64'
    Valencia have brought on Nelson Valdez in place of the largely ineffectual Jonas. They have nothing to lose now and Los Che really need to start creating chances for their front two.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionJonas Haedo Valdéz
  • 63'
    SubstitutionClaudio Pizarro Mario Mandzukic
  • 62'
    Muller has looked very lively on the right since coming on and he helps create space for Kross to flight the ball in from his flank. Robben makes a back-post run and heads the ball on target but the referee pulls play back for a free kick given against the winger.
  • 60'
    Eager to get into the game, Soldado chases Martinez back into midfield but in his desperation concedes an unnecessary free kick. He must be very frustrated, his side have hardly created a meaningful opportunity all evening.
  • 58'
    WHAT A SAVE!! Kroos again finds space between the lines at the top of the box and unleashes a ferocious strike at the keeper's goal. He gets up and gets a hand to it to turn it behind, but if the German had found a corner it would almost certainly be 2-0.
  • 55'
    Penalty claim for Bayern as Kroos is felled in the area by Ricardo Costa. The hosts' bench all stand an appeal but contact looked to be minimal there and it appears as though the right decision was reached.
  • 53'
    Tino Costa makes his first foray forward of the match and plumps for an ambitious effort at goal. Neuer, who is called into action for the first time this evening, is equal to it though and blocks the effort.
  • 51'
    The second half has begun very much like the first, with Bayern in complete control of the ball and Valencia trying to hold them off.
  • 49'
    Bayern have now scored 495 goals in the Europe's premier club competition across the years. It does not look like they will be able to reach the 500-milestone this evening!
  • 46'
    SubstitutionFranck Ribéry Thomas Müller
  • 46'
    The second half is under way in Munich! Bayern currently lead 1-0 against Valencia.
  • Welcome back! The second half is just a few moments away and it appears that Franck Ribery has been replaced with Thomas Muller during the break. The France international had just returned from injury.
  • Bayern Munich lead Valencia 1-0 at the break, though their domination of the ball should possibly have brought about more goals. For their part, Valencia did very well to soak up huge amounts of pressure until a rapid counterattack from the hosts was finished by Schweinsteiger. It will be a tough task for the Liga outfit to find a route back into this, but join me in 15 minutes for the second half to find out if they can!
  • 45' + 2'
    The half-time whistle goes!
  • 45' + 1'
    Into the only minute of additional time.
  • 44'
    A good move by Valencia comes to a head as Soldado looks to slip a diagonal pass into Jonas inside the box. Dante gets in front of his compatriot though and intercepts the ball. He has had a very impressive first half.
  • 43'
    Badstuber ventures forward and picks up a long ball with a beautiful touch. He surges into the area and goes down under minimal contact. The referee is unmoved though and nothing is awarded.
  • 42'
    Kroos has been very lively in the hole behind Pizarro this evening. He pops up on the top of the box once more and drives to the byeline but his cross is deflected behind for a corner. Bayern are really flowing now and look even more dangerous. Valencia must see this one out until half time.
  • 40'
    Los Che were punished for being adventurous for the first time this evening. The stern defending may have worked for Chelsea in the final last season, but then they did not go forward a single time!
  • 38'
    Assist Arjen Robben
  • 38'
    Goal Bastian Schweinsteiger
    GOOOOOOAAAALLL!! There it is! A rare attack for Valencia breaks down and Bayern counter at speed. Ribery lays the ball across the box for Robben and he stops it before feeding Schweinsteiger on the overlap. The midfielder strikes it first time and, despite a flick off of Cissokho, it flies in at the far post.
  • 37'
    Feghouli has been Valencia's only spark in attack, and an infrequent on at that. He drives past Badstuber on the right and whips the ball into the area but no one gambles and attacks it, enabling Neuer to claim it comfortably.
  • 35'
    Deflected over! Kroos picks out Robben just inside the right of the area. He cuts inside of Cissokho and shoots with his left but he drills his effort straight into the left-back and it bounces over for a corner. From the set play, Diego Alves fails to claim twice but luckily neither Dante or Pizarro can make the most of it.
  • 34'
    Having Javi Martinez in the side has enabled Schweinsteiger to assume a bit more freedom to join the attack. The former Atheltic Bilbao man is acting as a lynchpin between the flanks but tries to bulldoze his way through the middle this time. After a few fortunate ricochets, the ball gets away from him and he concedes a foul.
  • 32'
    Well, the Germans were frustrated by a similar method to that which Valencia are using when they faced Chelsea in the final last season. How long will the Liga side be able to retain concentration and protect Diego Alves?
  • 30'
    Bayern are playing some lovely little triangles in the wide areas but their final product has been lacking. Valencia are doing their best to get numbers back and restrict the space for any targets in the box.
  • 28'
    Badstuber is finding a lot of space deep on the left and looks to thread a ball up to the top of the box. Pizarro awaits it but Kroos tries to take it in his stride and ends up knocking it straight to the Valencia defence. The Spaniards are coping with all this pressure well at the moment.
  • 26'
    A rare chance for Feghouli to run at Dante but the Brazilian has him tracked all the way. Staying on his feet and keeping cool to deny the Valencia man from testing Neuer.
  • 24'
    That is lazy from Cissokho! He is caught on the ball far too easily and is lucky that Bayern fail to capitalise. Valencia have done well to keep the score level until now but must avoid mistakes like that if they want to take something from this game.
  • 23'
    Periera initially does well to keep tabs on Ribery and nick the ball away from him as he gets to close. However, the Portuguese attempts to let it run out of play and the Bayern man will not give up. He wins back possession but they fail to create anything as an offside is given.
  • 21'
    The Spaniards try to keep the ball at the back but as the space is closed, Diego Alves is forced to send it long. Soldado tries to bring it under control but ends up in a pile with a Bayern defender. He claims for a free kick from the referee but nothing is awarded.
  • 19'
    GREAT SAVE!! After a comfortable stop from Schweinsteiger, Diego Alves is forced into a great save to deny Kroos' piledriver from 30 yards from finding the back of the net. Solid hands from the Brazilian keeper there.
  • 18'
    Valencia are unable to get a hold of the ball and force Bayern into their own half at the moment. They are going straight from back to front and losing the ball far too easily. It seems like only a matter of time until the hosts find the opener.
  • 16'
    Dante perhaps a bit too casual at the back there and is almost dispossessed by Soldado on the edge of the area. He somehow manages to get the ball back to Neuer without incident and Bayern build again.
  • 15'
    The hosts are in complete control as Robben sends an in-swinger from the right flank. It is aimed for Pizarro but the striker is too late to get a head on it and Diego Alves gathers. Bayern starting to step up the tempo now.
  • 13'
    Bayern secured seven straight home wins in the tournament last year, including the play-offs, and have won 14 of their last 15 European home games. The only loss came in the 2010/11 round of 16 when Inter defeated them 3-2.
  • 11'
    He should have done better! Robben wins a corner after cutting in from the left and takes it himself. Diego Alves gets a fist to it but it only travels as far as Ribery on the edge of the box. He lets the ball drop and hits it on the volley but he misses the target.
  • 9'
    Once again Bayern are getting Dante on the ball as much as possible on the half-way line. A feature of their play since his arrival has been using the Brazilian to build from the back. He keeps it simple but has the ability to drive forward or pick out the right pass.
  • 7'
    Ribery turns up on the right now and fires another cross along the floor to Pizarro in the area. The Peruvian attempts to bring it under control but is swarmed upon by Valencia defenders and knocks the ball out for a goal kick.
  • 5'
    Pereira is a full-back that loves to get forward but he will need to be wary of the danger that Ribery can pose on the wing. Too many adventures forward could well leave space to be exploited by the Frenchman.
  • 4'
    Good move by Bayern! Ribery turns Joao Pereira inside out on the left before cutting a drilled ball back into the area. Kroos receives it and blazes just over but the referee pulls play back for a free kick, penalising Pizarro for a push in the area.
  • 2'
    Bayern press Valencia hard from the kick off and win the ball from Tino Costa in midfield. A free kick is awarded but they keep the ball at the back in order to control the game and assert their dominance as soon as possible.
  • 1'
    We are off at the Allianz Arena! Both teams in their alternate strips tonight with Bayern shooting from right to left.
  • The teams have just finished the pre-match niceties and the game will be under way in just a few moments. If you want to send me your comments and predictions throughout, you can do so on Twitter @thwebber.
  • Die Roten have only been defeated by Spanish opposition in Munich once as they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna in the group stage of the 2002-03 edition of the Champions League. Roy Makaay netted a hat-trick in that match, which could possibly be one of the reasons that Bayern snapped him up soon after.
  • There are three Champions League debuts being handed out tonight. For the hosts, Dante and Javi Martinez make their bow in the European competition while Valencia award Andres Guardado with his first ever appearance in the tournament.
  • Valencia (4-2-3-1): Diego Alves; Joao Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Rami, Cissokho; Parejo, Tino Costa; Feghouli, Jonas, Guardado; Soldado. Subs: Guaita, Barragan, Victor Ruiz, Viera, Bernat, Portugues, Valdez.
  • Bayern (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber; Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Kroos, Ribery; Pizarro. Subs: Starke, Can, Luiz Gustavo, Tymoshchuk, Shaqiri, Muller, Mandzukic.
  • Interesting team news tonight, particularly for the hosts. Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller both start on the bench despite an electric start to their Bundesliga campaign, while Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery recover from injuries to earn a place in the starting XI. Full team news on the way.
  • It has been 11 years since these two sides last met, and that came in the tense Champions League final of 2001. Gaizka Mendieta and Stefan Effenberg both netted spot kicks in normal time as the match went all the way to penalties. Oliver Kahn saved from Mauricio Pellegrino, now the Valencia coach, in the shoot-out to secure a 5-4 win for die Roten.
  • Good evening and welcome to's LIVE text commentary on tonight's Champions League encounter between last season's beaten finalists, Bayern Munich, and two-times runners-up, Valencia, in Group F. My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through what promises to be a fascinating fixture.