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84'
R. Lewandowski
M. Neuer
5 - 2
74'
D. Núñez
João Mário
4 - 2
61'
R. Lewandowski
L. Sané
4 - 1
49'
L. Sané
A. Davies
3 - 1
38'
Morato
Álex Grimaldo
2 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
65% 34%
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3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 12 2
Total Passes 643 335
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Bayern München FCB Bayern München 5 5 0 0 19 3 +16 15 W W W W W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 5 2 1 2 2 6 -4 7 D W W L L
3 Benfica SLB Benfica 5 1 2 2 5 9 -4 5 D L L W D
4 Dynamo Kyiv DYN Dynamo Kyiv 5 0 1 4 1 9 -8 1 L L L L D

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8th Finals
UEFA Europa League

Commentary

That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
This defeat for Benfica drops them down to third in Group E, after Barcelona's victory in the other match today and they face the Spanish side in their next Champions League game. Meanwhile Bayern will travel to Dynamo Kiev, who are bottom of the group.
Bayern make it four wins from four and secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 5-2 victory over Benfica, thanks to a Lewandowski hat-trick. They led 2-1 at the break, after goals from Lewandowski and Sane, before Morato pulled one back for the visitors. However, Sane extended Bayern's lead just after the restart and Lewandowski got his second shortly after the hour mark. Nunez then came off the bench to get another consolation goal for Benfica, as Lewandowski clinched his hat-trick late on, to wrap up an excellent performance and win.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: BAYERN MUNICH 5-2 BENFICA
90' + 2' Bayern are just controlling the final few minutes of the game now, taking their time in midfield and not showing any urgency to get forward and score any more goals.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
89' Bayern are unbeaten in their last 22 home games in the group stage of the Champions League (W21 D1), in a run which dates back to the 2014-15 campaign.
87' The home supporters are showing their appreciation for their side, as it has been an excellent performance by Bayern. The only downside is that they've conceded two goals.
B. Sarr
S. Gnabry
85' Bayern make a late change now, with Gnabry replaced by Sarr.
M. Neuer
Assist
84' It's not very often that a keeper provides the assist for a goal, but Neuer did there, perfectly finding Lewandowski and the striker just manages to stay onside and coolly finish.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
84' GOAL! HAT-TRICK FOR LEWANDOWSKI! The striker just manages to stay onside as a long ball comes over the top of the Benfica defence by Neuer and Lewandowski controls it and then chips it over the top of Vlachodimos. The keeper gets a touch on it, but can’t stop it from heading in and it’s 5-2!
83' Lewandowski wants his hat-trick and to make up for the missed penalty in the first half. The striker goes for goal from the edge of the box, but it's too close to Vlachodimos, who makes a comfortable save.
81' There's less than 10 minutes, plus any stoppage time left to play now. Can Benfica mount an unlikely comeback? Or, will Bayern go on and score a few more? Lewandowski is on for a hat-trick.
79' Barcelona are now leading 1-0 in the other Group E game, so that means that Benfica will drop to third as it stands. They face the Spanish side in three weeks time.
Gonçalo Ramos
Álex Grimaldo
77' Grimaldo also heads off and he has been replaced by Ramos.
Paulo Bernardo
João Mário
77' Benfica make another couple of changes, with Joao Mario one of those coming off and he has been replaced by Bernardo.
76' Benfica have only won one of their last 13 games against German opponents in the Champions League (D3 L9), with their last such victory coming in February 2017 against Borussia Dortmund.
João Mário
Assist
74' Joao Mario couldn't have picked a better time to flick the ball out to Nunez, drawing in the Bayern defence, who couldn't get close enough him to make a challenge.
D. Núñez
Goal
74' GOAL! BENFICA PULL ONE BACK! The visitors counter and catch Bayern sleeping at the back, with Joao Mario carrying the ball a long way, before laying it to Nunez to his right at the perfect moment. The striker then slides his effort underneath Neuer and the keeper can’t stop it from heading into the back of the net. It’s 4-2!
T. Müller
L. Sané
72' Sane heads off with a goal and assist to his name and Muller is his replacement.
M. Sabitzer
J. Kimmich
72' Kimmich has been excellent for Bayern and he heads off to a standing ovation, to be replaced by Sabitzer.
71' It looks like Bayern are going to rest a few players ahead of their Bundesliga fixture at the weekend, with the game seemingly wrapped up now.
T. Nianzou
Yellow Card
69' Kouassi is booked after he deliberately blocks Joao Mario, as he looked to skip past the Bayern defender.
67' All of the substitutes have caused the pace of the game to slow down in the last couple of minutes, but it looks like Bayern are getting ready to make a couple more.
O. Richards
A. Davies
65' Meanwhile the second change sees Davies come off and he is replaced by Richards.
J. Musiala
K. Coman
64' Bayern have responded by making a double change of their own, with Coman heading off and he has been replaced by Musiala.
Rafa Silva
Pizzi
64' Pizzi is the third Benfica man to come off, with Rafa Silva coming on.
D. Núñez
R. Yaremchuk
64' Yaremchuk is another to head off and he has been replaced by Nunez.
Diogo Gonçalves
Éverton
64' Benfica are making a triple substitution now, with Everton one of those coming off and he has been replaced by Goncalves.
63' SAVE! Goretzka tries to get in on the goals and fires a powerful effort towards the bottom left corner of the net, but Vlachodimos makes a great save to tip it around the post and away to safety.
L. Sané
Assist
61' Sane could have gone for goal himself as he was in a decent position on the edge of the box, but was unselfish and played it to Lewandowski, who coolly converted.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
61' GOAL! LEWANDOWSKI MAKES IT 4-1! The striker scores his second of the game to put the finishing touch on a superb Bayern counter-attack! Kimmich picks Sane out in behind and he then lays it off to Lewandowski to his left, who takes a touch and then chips the ball over Vlachodimos and into the back of the net.
59' Bayern are in complete control now, forcing Benfica to sit deep and soak up the pressure as the hosts continue to attack and look dangerous in the final third.
57' Benfica might want to think about making some changes soon, as Bayern are well on top at the moment and look good value for their 3-1 lead.
55' Lewandowski goes for goal with a volley just inside the penalty area, but he drills it into the ground and it takes a big deflection, which takes most of the pace out of it. Vlachodimos then gets down and makes a comfortable save.
54' Sane now has scored four goals and made three assists for Bayern in the Champions League this season, with his seven direct goal involvements already being only one fewer than his best season tally in the competition (8 for Manchester City in 2018-19).
52' Almost another! Bayern counter quickly and Kimmich picks out Sane with a through ball, catching the Benfica defence out and Sane goes for goal. However, his effort flies just wide of the post.
D. Upamecano
Yellow Card
50' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Upamecano for his foul on Yaremchuk and this booking means that he will miss Bayern's next Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev.
A. Davies
Assist
49' The assist goes to Davies, but what a ball it is from Kimmich to find Davies down the left! The full-back headed it back towards Sane, who produced an excellent finish to beat Vlachodimos.
L. Sané
Goal
49' GOAL! SANE MAKES IT 3-1! Once again it’s a superb ball from Kimmich to pick out Davies in behind the Benfica defence and the left-back heads the ball back to Sane, who is unmarked in the box and Sane volleys it into the bottom right corner of the net. Great finish by Sane and he gets Bayern off to the perfect start in the second half!
48' The other game being played in Group E is currently goalless between Dynamo Kiev and Barcelona, so Benfica will remain in second position for now.
46' The second half is under way!
Bayern will qualify for the next stage of the Champions League with a win today and they are currently on course for that, but Benfica have looked dangerous themselves at the other end and are causing Bayern problems.
There has been plenty of action at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern leading 2-1, thanks to a header from Lewandowksi, before Gnabry doubled their lead just six minutes later. However, Benfica did have a goal ruled out early on and they've looked dangerous throughout, with Morato pulling one back just before the break. Bayern should be 3-1 ahead, but Lewandowski missed a penalty in stoppage time, with Vlachodimos making the save to keep his side in the game.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BAYERN MUNICH 2-1 BENFICA
O. Vlachodimos
Penalty Save
45' + 1' PENALTY SAVED! Vlachodimos waits as long as he can before he has to pick a side and he reads the effort from Lewandowski superbly, making an excellent save to deny the striker. It remains 2-1.
R. Lewandowski
Penalty Miss
45' + 1' LEWANDOWSKI MISSES! The striker doesn’t take a very good run up to the penalty and waits for the keeper to make a move, before firing the ball towards the bottom left corner of the net. However, he doesn’t get enough pace on it and Vlachodimos reacts quickly and makes the save. Great stop by the keeper, but's it's a really poor penalty by Lewandowski.
Lucas Verissimo
Yellow Card
45' Verissimo is also booked for the foul inside the penalty area, a clear handball to block the shot by Goretzka.
45' BAYERN PENALTY! The referee goes over the pitchside monitor and reviews the footage and it doesn't take him long to change his mind and award Bayern a spot-kick!
44' PENALTY SHOUT! VAR are looking at a possible penalty for Bayern after the ball appears to strike the arm of Verissimo as he goes to block Goretzka's effort deep inside the penalty area. The referee doesn't give anything on the pitch, but I think the decision is going to be overturned by the officials.
42' Kimmich has had an excellent game in midfield for Bayern so far, controlling everything and he was heavily involved in the build-up to both goals.
40' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, will we see any more goals before the half-time whistle?
Álex Grimaldo
Assist
38' Grimaldo hasn't had the best of games at the back, but he showed his attacking quality there, whipping a lovely ball into the penalty area for his team-mate to convert.
Morato
Goal
38' GOAL! BENFICA PULL ONE BACK! The visitors take a free-kick short and Grimaldi gets into a good position down the left wing, whipping a superb cross into the box that's met by the head of Morato. The defender gets above the Bayern defence and powers a header into the back of the net, with Neuer having no chance of stopping it. It’s 2-1!
36' Decent effort! Yaremchuk doesn't have much else on, so he opts to go for goal from the edge of the box. However, he drags his effort wide of the Bayern goal.
34' Bayern look like they want to score a few more goals before the end of the first half! Benfica just can't get out of their own half at the moment.
R. Lewandowski
Assist
32' Lewandowski this time turns the provider, setting up his team-mate in the box, when he could have gone for goal himself. Instead he allowed Gnabry to finish and he doubled Bayern's lead.
S. Gnabry
Goal
32' GOAL! BAYERN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! It’s too easy for the hosts and they make it 2-0! Kimmich spots the run of Lewandowski over the top of the Benfica defence and picks him out perfectly, with the striker then squaring it across goal to Gnabry, who shows great skill to flick it into the back of the net.
30' Benfica will have to come from behind to get anything out of this game now, which is a very tough ask. However, they have had a couple of chances, so will be confident of testing Neuer.
28' Lewandowski has now scored 79 goals in the Champions League, which is the most by a player through their first 100 appearances in the competition.
K. Coman
Assist
26' Coman has been excellent down the right, he has the beating of Grimaldo every time and produced another lovely delivery there, perfectly placed for Lewandowski to convert from close range.
R. Lewandowski
Goal
26' GOAL! BAYERN TAKE THE LEAD! Lewandowski marks his 100th Champions League game with a goal! Kimmich finds Coman down the right wing, who does brilliantly to skip past Grimaldo and sneak into the box, before chipping a lovely cross towards Lewandowski at the far post. The striker meets it and powers his header down and into the back of the net. He simply couldn’t miss from there! Bayern lead 1-0.
23' Bayern will advance to the knockout stages with a win today, which would make it four wins out of four. They could then relax during their final two group games, knowing that their passage is secure.
21' There's not much between the two sides at the moment, it's quite an open game and you can't really call who is going to score the opening goal.
19' Good save! Davies tries his luck from the outside the penalty area, aiming for the bottom left corner of the net. However, Vlachodimos gets across and makes a good stop.
18' Bayern haven't looked great at the back so far today, with Neuer not being given an awful lot of protection at the moment and Benfica are getting opportunities.
16' VAR look at the offside decision and agree with the linesman, with Pizzi just being in an offside position as the ball came through to him at the far post. Huge let off for Bayern!
15' GOAL RULED OUT! Benfica thought they have taken the lead, but it has been ruled out for offside! A corner is whipped into the penalty area and flicked on at the near post by Meite, which sends it into the path of Pizzi at the far post, who heads it back across goal to Verissimo who fires it home. However, it looks like Pizzi is just offside as the ball comes to him.
13' Bayern are unbeaten in all 11 of their meetings with Benfica in European competition, with eight of those ending in victories for the German side (D3). They have faced Benfica more times without losing than against any of their other opponents in European competition.
11' Decent chance! Coman whips a cross into the box from the right, which is slightly too high for Lewandowski, but he still manages to get his head to it and it falls to Goretzka on the edge of the box. The midfielder then volleys an effort towards goal, but it flies wide.
10' Davies had already been heavily involved in the game, defending well at the back and also on attack, as he is constantly getting forward down the left wing causing problems.
8' It's Bayern who are dominating the game now, they are camped inside the Benfica half of the pitch and are looking dangerous going forward, especially down the flanks.
6' CHANCE! Coman does brilliantly down the right wing, skipping past Grimaldo and gets into the penalty area, before passing to Gnabry, who fires a low strike at goal. However, Vlachodimos gets down quickly and makes a great save. The ball then bounces dangerously around the area and comes up to Lewandowski, who tries to head it home, but Vlachodimos gets to it in the nick of time to punch it away.
4' This has been a really bright start to the game by Benfica, they are on top and have looked dangerous in the final third in the opening few minutes.
3' Not too far away! A lovely free-kick is whipped into the penalty area from the right and Verissimo tries to glance it into the far corner of the net. However, he can't quite reach it and the ball flies out of play.
1' CHANCE! Benfica have an opportunity to take the lead within the opening minute! The ball falls to Pizzi at the far post after a deep cross from Everton, but Pizzi's shot is superbly blocked by Davies, before he gets a second go at it. However, Davies once again denies him.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
The visitors have also made five changes to the side that drew 1-1 at the weekend, with Otamendi, Radonjic, Weigl, Nunez and Rafa Silva all dropping out and they have been replaced by Morato, Meite, Gilberto, Pizzi and Everton.
Bayern have made five changes to the team that started against Union Berlin at the weekend, with Stanisic, Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Corentin Tolisso and Muller all missing out. They have been replaced by Pavard, Kouassi, Upamecano, Goretzka and Gnabry.
BENFICA SUBS: Mile Svilar, Helton Leite, Diogo Goncalves, Nicolas Otamendi, Ferro, Julian Weigl, Paulo Bernardo, Gedson Fernandes, Nemanja Radonjic, Rafa, Darwin Nunez, Goncalo Ramos.
BENFICA (3-4-2-1): Odisseas Vlachodimos; Lucas Verissimo, Jan Vertonghen, Morato; Gilberto, Soualiho Meite, Joao Mario, Alejandro Grimaldo; Pizzi, Everton; Roman Yaremchuk.
BAYERN SUBS: Thomas Muller, Josip Stanisic, Marc Roca, Christian Fruchtl, Bouna Sarr, Marcel Sabitzer, Jamal Musiala, Corentin Tolisso, Michael Cuisance, Omar Richards.
BAYERN (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Tanguy Kouassi, Dayot Upamecano, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman; Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern bounced back from a 5-0 DFB-Pokal defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach, to beat Union Berlin 5-2 at the weekend and they are currently top of the Bundesliga. While Benfica drew 1-1 against Estoril Praia, to drop to third in the Portuguese top-flight.
The two sides only faced each other two weeks ago and Bayern ran out 4-0 winners, to maintain their winning start to the campaign and they sit top with nine points. Meanwhile Benfica are second on four points, having beaten Barcelona and drawn against Dynamo Kiev.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Benfica at the Allianz Arena.