Bayern sweep Milan aside

by | Aug 4, 2015 21:46

Milan capitulated 3-0 to Arturo Vidal’s Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup and Nigel de Jong had a row with Pep Guardiola.

The Rossoneri began their Audi Cup campaign at the Allianz Arena, starting summer buys Andrea Bertolacci, Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano. Bayern gave ex-Juventus midfielder Vidal his first start.

Bayern will face Real Madrid tomorrow, while Milan take on Tottenham Hotspur for third place.

Douglas Costa curled a free kick over the bar and Joshua Kimmich did not recover from an early De Jong challenge.

Milan capitulated 3-0 to Arturo Vidal’s Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup and Nigel de Jong had a row with Pep Guardiola.

The Rossoneri began their Audi Cup campaign at the Allianz Arena, starting summer buys Andrea Bertolacci, Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano. Bayern gave ex-Juventus midfielder Vidal his first start.

Bayern will face Real Madrid tomorrow, while Milan take on Tottenham Hotspur for third place.

Douglas Costa curled a free kick over the bar and Joshua Kimmich did not recover from an early De Jong challenge.

Bayern dominated possession, but only broke through after 24 minutes with the aid of a huge Cristian Zapata deflection on Juan Bernat’s effort, surprising Diego Lopez.

It was almost 2-0, as Douglas Costa’s cross-shot whipped past everyone until Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dived at it with his chest, deflecting the ball on to the upright.

The Brazilian was on stunning form and fired over after Diego Lopez parried the first shot from point-blank range.

Vidal was unlucky not to score his debut Bayern Munich goal, a looping header bouncing off the crossbar, while another of the Chilean’s headers whistled wide from a corner.

There was a row in the tunnel at half-time between Guardiola and De Jong, the Coach blaming him for the injury to Kimmich.

After the restart Bertolacci threaded through for Bacca, whose angled drive flashed across the face of goal. Soon after a free kick was cleared to outside the area where De Jong hit a scorching volley just over the bar.

Zapata’s deflection contributed to the opening goal and he risked another on 62 minutes, but this time cleared Rafinha’s cross off the line and away from Robert Lewandowski. The Colombian over-stretched in that move and hobbled off.

Bayern were still only 1-0 up, as they over-played it again and Lewandowski opted to pass rather than go clear on goal.

Lewandowski did waste another chance set up by Gotze, but this time the World Cup winner followed it up to bury the rebound.

Sinisa Mihajlovic made all his tactical substitutions in the final 15 minutes and will use an entirely different XI tomorrow against Spurs.

Bayern got their third goal late on, as a defensive error allowed Thomas Muller to flick up the pass for a Lewandowski volley.

M'Baye Niang was only on the field for 14 minutes when he went off injured.

Bayern Munich 3-0 Milan

Scorers: Bernat 24 (B), Gotze 74 (B), Lewandowski 85 (B)

Bayern Munich: Ulreich; Rafinha, Boateng (Benatia 46), Bernat; Lahm (Alonso 56), Hojbjerg (Green 87), Kimmich (Alaba 21), Vidal (Muller 46); Costa (Lewandowski 46), Gotze (Benko 80), Rode (Gaudino 87)

Milan: Diego Lopez; De Sciglio (Abate 75), Zapata (Alex 64), Ely (Mexes 75), Antonelli (Calabria 75); Bonaventura (Poli 75), De Jong (Montolivo 75), Bertolacci (Mauri 75); Honda (Suso 75); Bacca (Niang 75) (Cerci 89), Luiz Adriano (Matri 75)

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