Manchester City demolished Bayern Munich in the first-leg Quarter Finals
By The Headlines, April 11, 2023 | 09:46 PM
Manchester City took a 3-0 lead over Bayern Munich thanks to Erling Haaland's 45th goal of the season, strengthening their position for semi-final qualification.
A stunning first-half strike from Rodri (27’) and Bernardo Silva's (70’) header took Manchester City into a commanding position.
Haaland's 76th-minute goal set a new record for the most scored in a single season by a Premier League player in all competitions.
City's victory over the six-time European champions, of Pep Guardiola's former club, sent out a strong statement to the other competing clubs.
Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel had no answer to Manchester City’s game plan.
The first half was played in swirling rain and the sides were well-matched.
City looked to take the game to Bayern by trying to press high and push through the middle of their team. They caused some early moments of alarm in the box but Bayern managed not to lose any momentum.
Later in the game, Alphonso Davies missed a difficult opportunity for them towards the end of the second half.
City's 27th-minute opener came in spectacular fashion moments after Ruben Dias produced a fine block to deny Jamal Musiala at the other end. The ball was efficiently worked forward and Rodri curled in a beauty.
City almost grabbed a second when the ball fell to Gundogan after Grealish and Sommer collided but, remarkably, from his position on the ground, the keeper denied the City captain with his boot.
Despite City's many strengths going into the game, they had to work hard defensively to hold off Bayern. Nathan Ake was particularly impressive on the left of the back four while Leroy Sanne managed to get in a shot from distance in first-half injury time.
City increased the pressure and a series of errors by the Bayern backline presented Haaland with a clear sight of the goal, but Kimmich blocked it.
When Kevin De Bruyne started to slide, City experienced a scare. A lot of people assumed that he was out for the game, but Guardiola decided not to risk the key player further and brought him off.
City soon doubled their lead through Silva after Grealish released Haaland with a clever backheel. The striker burst forward and crossed for Silva to power home a header at the far post
Haaland then did what he does best and scored to put City in complete control of the game. He seemed to always be in the right place at the right time as he slid into the goal from close range after John Stones headed across the goal.
City was hoping to score a fourth, but that didn’t come. They’ll be heading to Germany next week with great confidence.