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S. Azmoun (44)
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Juan Bernat (52)
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Christian Noboa's stunning free-kick sees Ivan Daniliants' side come from behind to win their first-ever Champions League match, stunning the five-time European champions on a historic night in Rostov.
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FULL-TIME: ROSTOV 3-2 BAYERN.
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Rostov make their final change in an attempt to see more time off the clock, and it's Saeid Ezatolahi who replaces Poloz.
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There will be four minutes of stoppage-time added on, and they will start with a Bayern corner, but Thiago's delivery is cleared. Anywhere will do for Rostov now.
Hummels gives the ball away, allowing Noboa to break, but the centre-half does well to recover and force the ball out for a Bayern throw. It's taken quickly and sent straight up the pitch, as Rostov are caught out a bit here. Thiago is teed up for a strike atop the area, but Dzhanaev does brilliantly to get over and parry!
The hosts make a second change here to try and run the clock down, with Denis Terentjev replacing Kalachev.
Bayern almost appear disinterested. They're trying to get the ball forward, sure, but it's all just so pedestrian from them in attack. They look slow and lethargic in possession, and you have to wonder what sort of questions will be asked of Carlo Ancelotti following this match, regardless of what happens over the next five minutes.
STAT: Rostov have never won a Champions League proper match. At home, they’ve drawn one (2-2 v PSV) and lost one (0-1 v Atlético Madrid).
Thunderous applause for Azmoun as he makes his way off the pitch, replaced here by Maksim Grigorjev, who makes his Champions League debut.
No real respite for Rostov who are getting hemmed back in their end here. Dzhanaev is doing well to claim some crosses in from the wide areas, but as he knocks the ball up the pitch, Bayern are finding it far to easy to claim back possession straight away. Rostov need to find ways to keep the ball or it's going to be very difficult on them to see these last 10 minutes out.
Bayern appear out of ideas here. They're being limited to hopeful balls into the box from the flanks, but it's proving hard for the likes of Muller and Lewandowski to get on the end of them amidst a mess of blue shirts in defence. The quality of these deliveries needs improving.
Into the final 15 minutes in Russia and Bayern really need to score twice to keep their hopes of winning the group alive. Should they go on and lose this match, they would require Atletico to slip up at home tonight against PSV, otherwise the Madrid club would clinch first place.
Bayern's second change sees Thomas Muller enter the fray at the expense of Renato Sanches.
STAT: Since his Champions League debut in 2011/12, Robert Lewandowski has scored 36 goals (in 56 games). Only Cristiano Ronaldo (67 goals) and Lionel Messi (53) have been more prolific over the same period.
Bayern appear a bit stunned here. They're back to dominating possession, but they're struggling to find any real creativity in the final third as Thomas Muller is instructed to get off the bench and begin warming up. Defeat would almost assuredly mean Bayern will have to settle for second in the group.
Well would you believe this! It's absolutely deafening inside the stadium right now as Rostov are in line for a historic win. They still have their work cut out for them to see this through, but this has been a remarkable showing from them nonetheless, just a couple of months after losing 5-0 to this same team in Munich.
ROSTOV RESTORE THEIR LEAD! Plenty of anticipation as Ulreich sorts his wall and the home players discuss who will be taking this free-kick. It's their set-piece specialist Noboa who winds up taking it, and he bends a sensational finish around the wall and in at the far post! Stunning strike, that!
CLINICAL BREAK! Azmoun surges forward on the right and picks out Poloz with a delightful pass, before the striker has his legs swept out from under him on the edge of the box by Thiago. Rostov continue to look so dangerous on the break, and they'll have a free-kick to work with here.
STAT: Rostov are the only side to have averaged under 70% in their passing accuracy in the Champions League this season (68%).
Bayern have managed four times as many passes as their opponents, but the four goals have been evenly shared as the two sides enter the final 30 minutes tied. The visitors responded well to falling behind, but they're struggling to find any real consistency in attack.
Boateng has picked up a bit of a knock and is replaced here as a result by Mats Hummels.
Gatcan gives chase to try and get onto a loose ball, but inexplicably shoves Ribery to ground to clear his path to it. You clearly can't do that, and he's issued a yellow card as a result.
TERRIFIC FROM ULREICH! A poor attempt from Bernat at playing the offside trap as it nearly allows Azmoun through on goal, but Ulreich saves his defender with a wonderfully timed run off his line to intervene and boot the ball to safety! It's all come to life here in the second half.
Ribery was a spectator in the first half, but he's come to life early in the second and has an assist to show for it here.
WHAT A RESPONSE FROM BAYERN! They're level in a flash, as Bernat hammers a finish into the ceiling of the goal from close range following a good piece of link-up play between Ribery and Sanches!
STAT: Russian clubs have lost their last five Champions League home games against German opposition, their last victory dating back to November 2009 when CSKA Moscow beat Wolfsburg (2-1).
FROM BEHIND, ROSTOV LEAD! Poloz clinical from the spot, sending Ulreich the wrong way, and there's a shock on the cards tonight in Russia as the five-time European champions are now behind!
PENALTY TO ROSTOV! Noboa goes down in the area under a challenge from Boateng, and the referee doesn't hesitate in pointing to the spot! What a big decision this is, and as the replay shows, it's more than controversial as Boateng got part of the ball with his challenge!
HEADED WIDE! Lahm comes within inches of scoring his first ever Champions League goal, meeting Ribery's cross from seven-yards out, but failing to hit the target with his downward header!
Here we go again...
Douglas Costa opened the scoring for the visitors, but it was his giveaway that started the break which led to Sardar Azmoun's goal just before the interval. That's where we stand after 45 minutes, as it remains wonderfully poised with one half still to play on a chilly night in Russia.
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HALF-TIME: ROSTOV 1-1 BAYERN.
PARITY RESTORED IN RUSSIA! Costa's poor back-pass is pounced upon by Poloz, who surges forward and plays in Azmoun. There's still work to be done for the striker, but he does so admirably, cutting onto his right, causing Boateng to slip, before bending a finish beyond Ulreich at the far post!
Poloz picks up the assist as the two striker partners combine for the goal.
Dzhanaev does well to acrobatically knock a cross over the bar, but he lands awkwardly and stays down, in need of attention. This is a worry for Rostov if he can't continue, as he's been really sharp tonight.
STAT: Bayern Munich have won 19 of their last 23 group games in the Champions League (L4).
Well how often do you see that? A big save at one end followed by a goal at the other. Rostov will consider themselves unlucky, but you have to be clinical in taking your chances to beat a team of Bayern's quality. They haven't been and have paid dearly as a result.
THERE'S THE BREAKTHROUGH! Renato Sanches pieces together a strong run into the area beyond Mevlja, but he's denied at the near post by Dzhanaev. The rebound is horribly cleared by Cesar Navas, straight into the path of Costa, who guides a shot through the crowd and into the ceiling of the goal! Terrific finish from the Brazilian!
GREAT GOALKEEPING! Azmoun has Bayern stomachs in their throats as he has the pace to get on the end of a straightforward ball over the top and burst into the area, but Ulreich times his run off his line perfectly to slide in and break up the move just before the striker can get a shot off.
INCHES AWAY! You can't let Costa switch onto his left like that! He's tried it a few times tonight to no avail, but here he's afforded the space he needs to cut inside on his left and bend an effort at goal from the edge of the box, and he so nearly makes Rostov pay, but his strike lifts agoonisingly over the bar in the end.
The Portuguese referee produces the first yellow card of the match and it's a deserved one for Granat who drags Lewandowski to ground rather cynically to stop the striker from heading a threatening break.
STAT: Bayern Munich have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five Champions League away games, their longest streak on the road since they suffered six in a row from April 2002 to October 2003.
You have to wonder if the weather is having an effect on the match at all, with the temperature dipping a few degrees below zero. The pitch is really hard as a result and you can see the role that's playing as these passes run a bit further than intended.
WELL WORTH A TRY! Renato Sanches is still waiting for his first goal for his new club and he comes close to it there, directing a long-range strike through a mess of bodies. It runs through towards the far post, with Dzhanaev seeing it late, but the keeper is able to get across and make the save!
FIRST CHANCE! Badstuber poses the first real threat at goal for the Bavarians, running onto Costa's corner at the near post and directing a header at goal. Dzhanaev has it covered, but it's really an awkward save in the end, looking as if he was caught between two minds, before parrying behind for another corner.
Cut out by Boateng! Important intervention from the Bayern centre-half, who slides in to break up Poloz's attempted throughball for Azmoun, on the end of some nifty build-up play from the hosts who continue to grow in confidence, with Bayern struggling a bit.
STAT: No Russian club has ever beaten Bayern Munich in the Champions League (D3 L10). This includes Rostov’s 5-0 defeat against the Bavarian club on matchday one earlier this season.
Ancelotti's side are once again parked in the attacking half, patiently working the ball around as they try to negotiate an opening, though they have been largely unsuccessful thus far, as Rostov remain well-organised off the ball. This five-man defence is proving difficult to break down.
Bayern's attacking presence has completely fizzled out after a positive opening five minutes. Support has been lacking for Lewandowski. The visitors have had a good width about them going forward, but there's little space being made available for their creative types in the centre.
Rostov have produced a good response following their slow start to proceedings. They're looking much more confident in possession now, with their attacking players keen to run at the Bayern defence. Kalachev wins a free-kick on the right, but the ensuing delivery is dealt with by the visitors.
STAT: All three of Rostov’s goals in this season’s Champions League have come in the first-half.
NEAR DISASTER! Badstuber and Ulreich rarely see much of the pitch and they show signs of rust here, colliding atop the area, allowing a route-one ball over the top from Navas bounce through towards the gaping goal. Bernat does well to stick with it and clear off the line, however, saving the blushes of his team-mates.
Rostov have hardly managed to keep possession for more than a few seconds at a time, struggling mightily to string passes together once they win the ball back. They can hardly find their way out of their end right now, as pressure continues to build on their goal.
The visitors win a free-kick in an attacking position as Kudryashov catches Costa with an ill-timed challenge. It's Costa who delivers, bending a cross with real pace into the danger area, but Rostov are able to see it behind for a corner.
Bayern look to get on the front foot straight away and they already look a threat with their movement both on and off the ball in the final third. Costa springs Rafinha down the right and he whips in a dangerous delivery, but Navas is on hand to clear.
AND WE'RE OFF! Bayern in red, get us underway, attacking left to right, with Rostov in blue.
Carlo Ancelotti makes six changes to his team which lost at Dortmund on the weekend. Manuel Neuer misses out with a calf injury, meaning Sven Ulreich earns a rare start in goal. Mats Hummels, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, Xabi Alonso and Thomas Muller all drop to the bench, with Rafinha, Holger Badstuber, Juan Bernat, Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa coming into the XI.
Ivan Daniliants names an unchanged XI to the one which drew 0-0 at Rubin Kazan on Friday. It's been a standard starting line-up for them throughout the season, with relatively little change from competition to competition. Dimitry Poloz and Sardar Azmoun resume their partnership in attack.
SUBS: Hummels, Alonso, Starke, Muller, Alaba, Kimmich, Green.
BAYERN (4-3-3): Ulreich; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Bernat; Lahm, Thiago, Sanches; Costa, Ribery, Lewandowski.
SUBS: Terentjev, Ezatolahi, Grigorjev, Doumbia, Bayramyan, Prepelita, Medvedev.
ROSTOV (5-3-2): Dzhanaev; Kalachev, Mevlja, Navas, Granat, Kudryashov; Erokhin, Gatcan, Noboa; Azmoun, Poloz.
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They can keep their European journey in-tact with a third-place finish in the group, but it’s vital they get something from today’s match or force a must-win situation against PSV in Eindhoven on the final matchday.
Free-scoring Rostov took the world by storm in qualifying for the Champions League this year, but their Cinderella run abruptly came to a halt in the group stage, as they have just one point and three goals through four matches.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side currently sit three points back of the LaLiga outfit, but they are poised to face each other on the final matchday at the Allianz Arena. A Bayern win today guarantees that December showdown will be for first place.
Bayern have already booked their place in the knockout stage, now setting their sights on the battle for first place in Group D with Atletico Madrid.
Hello and welcome to live coverage from Olimp-2 in Russia as Rostov aim to keep their European hopes alive when they play host to Bayern Munich.