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Kane’s Double Propels Bayern to UCL Knockouts
- Updated: November 9, 2023
In a thrilling match at the Allianz Arena, Harry Kane’s late heroics secured Bayern Munich’s spot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. Despite facing pressure from Galatasaray in the previous encounter, Bayern displayed composure at home. Clear chances were scarce in the first half, with Upamecano and Sané missing opportunities. Muslera denied Musiala’s attempt, but a blow came as he had to leave due to a thigh issue, replaced by Müller.
The second half saw Kane hitting the post before Galatasaray posed a threat, and a disallowed goal added drama. In the 80th minute, Kimmich’s precise free-kick set up Kane’s header, confirmed after VAR checks. As Galatasaray sought an equalizer, Bayern capitalized on the break, with Kane finishing Tel’s pass. Bakambu’s late goal for Galatasaray proved insufficient as Bayern advanced to the last 16.
Key stats highlighted Kane’s prolific form with 25 goals in 36 Champions League appearances. Bayern maintained a remarkable unbeaten streak in group games and secured their 20th consecutive knockout stage entry. They extended their dominance at home in the group stage, and the victory marked their eighth unbeaten encounter against Turkish opponents. Galatasaray, on the other hand, faced a tough away record against German teams.
The lineups featured Neuer, Mazraoui, Upamecano, Kim, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman, Musiala, Sané, and Kane for Bayern, while Muslera, Boey, Sánchez, Bardakcı, Angeliño, Ayhan, Torreira, Ziyech, Aktürkoglu, Zaha, and Icardi started for Galatasaray. The win solidified Bayern’s Champions League campaign, leaving them with two group games to spare.
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By- Sahiba Suri