DThe first victory against black and yellow Bayern have this week in the box. However, he did not succeed on Wednesday evening against the superior league leaders of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund, in which Bayern must compete on Saturday, but against the knocked-out, pointless last of the Champions League Group E, AEK Athens. A playful revelation was the 2: 0 against the Greek champions by two goals from Robert Lewandowski in the 31st and 71st minute not. But at least it brought in front of 70,000 spectators in the sold-out Munich stadium an end to the negative series of four home games without a win, as they had previously given 17 years ago.
"We took a good step forward. We had the game under control during the decisive moments. But we know that we can do it even better. A win is very important for self-confidence, "said Lewandowski on Sky.
In addition, finally managed once again a game without conceding. Only five minutes after kick-off Manuel Neuers strange negative series from the Bundesliga, where he had to pass the last eight shots on his goal in five games since the end of September, would continue even in the Champions League. At the first corner left the Bayern defense Vasilis Lampropoulos completely uncovered. But luckily the fainting of the action pursuing new missed the Greeks the long corner just. Two minutes later, Joshua Kimmich, after the failed experiment in the 1-1 defeat against SC Freiburg from the position in the defensive midfield returned to the right backside, a precise cross to Leon Goretzka, who in central position from twelve meters a skilful header direction Torwinkel sent. However, the distance was a bit too high to beat goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas – he just steered the ball over the crossbar in flight.
That was a brisk start and yet remained a straw fire. "Enthusiastic" and "rousing" they wanted to play against Athens and "then take the momentum to Dortmund," Thomas Mueller had announced, who had returned to the starting lineup like Franck Ribéry of the bank. But there was no sign of momentum for half an hour. At some point Kimmich was so fed up with the sluggishness of his offensive colleagues that he played the ball back into his own half, shouting about the lack of opportunities to play.
It was not until half an hour or so that a chance of a shot came up for Ribéry, whose completion was blocked. The resulting corner Kimmich brought her up to the far post, where Müller missed the goal with a volley. The Slovenian referee Matej Jug gave the sign for the kick. But then he got a signal from his gate judge that Lewandowski, who had fallen to the ground, had been held by his opponent Uros Cosic. Jug whistled accordingly penalty – a lucky for Bayern, because Lewandowski was far out of reach of the ball, so the action of Cosic so nonsensical, and moreover, such a hold in the penalty area in standards is only very rarely whistled. Lewandowski took advantage of the half hour and turned to 1: 0.
Five minutes after the lead missed Müller after the only worth seeing combination of the first half, the 2: 0. Lewandowski had skilfully put a long pass from Jerome Boateng on the attacking colleague, but his shot was deflected to the corner.
Even after the break, the German champions initially had a hard time regaining the playful class that had been missing for weeks, but showed enough to keep the fifth of the Greek league under control. Goalkeeper Barkas was now in the center of attention, directing Goretzka over the net (54 ') and surviving in a one-on-one duel with Lewandowski (60') and Serge Gnabry (73 '). But at the seventh corner of Bayern, extended by a Greek head to the back post and steered there by the rapidly reacting Lewandowski to 2: 0 over the line, he was powerless.
This goal made the last often cramped Bayern much looser. They enjoyed in the final phase of their ripened joy of playing and cheerfully played on a third goal. Defender Michalis Bakakis almost gave it a header on the crossbar of his own goal. But more black and yellow presents Bayern will probably not expect this week.
"We deserved to win and not allow anything. In the second half we would have to reward each other and shoot two, three goals. That was not fireworks, but that was not to be expected, "said coach Kovac. "It's not easy at the moment, we have to work it out very hard. We certainly have to improve against Dortmund, but that will be a completely different game. Dortmund is also playing forward. "