Bayern Munich became only the seventh team in UEFA Champions League history to win all six group stage games as they ran out 3-1 winners over English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s side had already been guaranteed of top spot heading into the match, and their opponents too had already qualified.
Having won 7-2 at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the start of October, fans of the Bavarian giants were expectant of another three points that were on offer this evening.
It took only 14 minutes for Kingsley Coman to send the hosts on their way in a much-changed lineup from the weekend. The French forward tapped in Serge Gnabry’s low ball across the face of the goal for his second goal in this season’s competition.
Former Arsenal player, Gnabry, had scored four goals in the earlier meeting between these two, but was to be denied by Jose Mourinho’s team in front of his home fans. The Premier League side have made a good start under their new coach since dismissing Mauricio Pochettino on 19 November and bringing in the former Chelsea and Manchester United coach the following day.
Mourinho had made several changes to his regular lineup too, and it was one of those who equalised on 20 minutes. Ryan Sessegnon, a big summer signing from Fulham, hasn’t been given too many opportunities this season, partly down to injury. He made the most of this one with a powerful effort to beat Manuel Neuer.
Tottenham fans may have been hopeful of holding out with a 1-1 scoreline until half-time, but it wasn’t to be. Thomas Müller, who has handled the England national team before, restored Bayern’s lead in the final minute of the half when he poked home from close range after Alphonso Davies’ effort had hit the post. Müller had replaced the injured Coman just before the half hour mark.
Bayern Munich dominated possession throughout the game and were destined for the three points when Philippe Coutinho scored 20 minutes into the second half. Both teams will be in the draw for Monday’s second round draw, with Bayern Munich being one of the seeded teams.
The other six teams to take maximum points from their six Champions League group games, after: AC Milan (1992-93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994-95), Spartak Moscow (1995-96), Barcelona (2002-03) and Real Madrid twice (2011-12 & 2014-15)