Bayern back on track with 4-1 win vs PSV in Champions League
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich dispelled any doubts about its commitment by ending a three-match winless run with a comfortable 4-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern wobbled briefly after PSV had cut the deficit to 2-1 but quickly restored its dominance to extend its Champions League home record of 14 consecutive wins. PSV lost after a 21-match unbeaten run away from home in all competitions.
Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 13th, Joshua Kimmich doubled the lead in the 21st, before Luciano Narsingh pulled one back for the visiting team in the 43rd with its first shot at goal.
Robert Lewandowski scored in the 59th, just as PSV seemed to be making a comeback and Arjen Robben got the insurance in the 84th.
Bayern now has six points in Group D, while Atletico Madrid, which won 1-0 in Rostov, has nine. PSV and FC Rostov are both one point each.
The win puts Bayern back on course for a place in the last 16 following its defeat at Madrid. After that loss, Bayern drew its next two Bundesliga matches, leading club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to question the players’ attitude.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team quickly seized control and nearly monopolized possession in the first half. But Bayern’s defense showed some weaknesses when PSV stepped up the pace after its goal.
“We played with high intensity from the start,” Ancelotti said. “It was a good reaction, although we had some problems at the end of the first half and at the start of the second. But we took the match very seriously and professionally.”
With critics saying he had given his players too much freedom, Ancelotti took them to a hotel the night before the match for the first time before a home game.
Mueller opened the scoring after Robben’s quickly taken corner, before PSV’s defense had the time to settle. Robben played the ball to Mueller at the near post, his first attempt was stopped by Jeroen Zoet, but Mueller got the rebound, moved the ball to his left foot and fired into the roof of the net.
Kimmich doubled the lead after another run down the left by David Alaba. His cross was deflected by Joshua Brenet and Kimmich at far post headed from close range for his seventh goal of the season and third in the Champions League.
Earlier, another cross from Alaba hit Hector Moreno and bounced off the post.
PSV got back into the match briefly after its counterattacking goal. Gaston Pereiro sent a through ball for Narsingh, who unleashed a fierce shot. Manuel Neuer got his finger tips on the ball but could not prevent it from bouncing inside of the far post into the net.
Lewandowski shot wide after good pass from Thiago Alcantara at the start of the second half and Luuk de Jong went close for PSV with a header.
Pereiro then had a volley shot saved by Neuer, while Zoet foiled Kimmich.
Bayern ended PSV’s hopes when Lewandowski made it 3-1. Robben shook off two players, cut inside from the right and shot on target. Zoet could only parry the shot and Lewandowski pounced to head in. Lewandowski has 15 goals in his last 14 games for club and country.
Mueller then shot straight at Zoet, who also stopped an effort by Robben.
De Jong tussled with Mats Hummels in the 69th but did not get a penalty call.