Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Bayern Munich made it a perfect six Group B wins on Wednesday night as they overcame Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.
With Bayern already guaranteed top spot and Tottenham safely through as runners-up, both managers decided to make changes as the hosts brought in Javi Martinez, Benjamin Pavard, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry from the 2-1 Bundesliga defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
As for Spurs, Jose Mourinho made six alterations from the 5-0 thumping of Burnley, with Danny Rose, Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, Christian Eriksen and Giovani Lo Celso drafted in, while Ryan Sessegnon made his first Champions League start.
The Bavarians started the game on the front foot and they deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute when Kingsley Coman, who went off injured shortly after the goal with what looked to be a serious knee problem, slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner after being left unmarked in the box.
Spurs found an equaliser on the 20th minute when Sessegnon grabbed his first Champions League goal, smashing a rocket of a half-volley past Germany international Manuel Neuer at his near post.
Bayern restored their advantage on the 45th minute when Thomas Muller, on as a substitute for Coman, poked home from six yards out after Alphonso Davies’ low effort cannoned back off the post.
It could have been 3-1 before the break had it not been for Argentine keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who tipped Brazil international Coutinho’s sensational 20-yard effort onto the crossbar.
Former Liverpool forward Coutinho did grab a goal in the 64th minute when he curled in an effort from the edge of the penalty area, beating the despairing dive of Gazzaniga, who was arguably Spurs’ best player in the game.
Bayern saw out the 3-1 victory in comfortable fashion, winning all six group matches in the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, and they head into the last-16 stage of the competition as Group B winners.