Dynamo Kyiv - FC Bayern

Europe: Champions League
Dynamo Kyiv D. Harmash (70)
NSK Olimpijs'kyj1-2
FC Bayern R. Lewandowski (14), K. Coman (42)

Depleted Bayern seal first place with hard-fought win over Dynamo Kiev

By Rune Gjerulff

Despite being without the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and Dayot Upamecano, Bayern München beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 to seal the top spot in Group E.

Robert Lewandowski.
Robert Lewandowski.Photo: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Bayern München secured the top spot in Group E of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev on a snowy night at the Olympic Stadium in the Ukrainian capital.

With a total of nine players out – seven of them due to COVID-19 quarantine – Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann had just 14 outfield players to pick from.

Fortunately for Bayern, Robert Lewandowski was fit and available, and the Polish star striker showed his class in the 14th minute as he made it 1-0 with a perfect overhead kick.

Dynamo rarely caused problems for Bayern in the first half, but the home side nearly equalised out of nothing around the half hour mark, when the ball hit the post after Manuel Neuer produced an air shot.

Kingsley Coman was deemed fit enough to start the game after recovering from a muscle problem, and the winger doubled the lead shortly before the break with a powerful shot at the far post.

The home side had a golden chance to halve the deficit in the beginning of the second half as Mykola Shaparenko was sent through on goal, but he couldn't put the ball past Manuel Neuer.

Then, with 70 minutes on the clock, Dynamo scored their first goal in Group E, with second-half substitute Denis Garmash finishing between Neuer's legs to give the home side a lifeline.

But Bayern held on to their lead, sealing the top spot after making it five wins out of five in the Champions League this season.

Dynamo Kyiv
1Georgiy Bushchan
94Tomasz Kędziora ↩76
25Illia Zabarnyi
34Oleksandr Syrota
16Vitalii Mykolenko
5Sergiy Sydorchuk (C)
10Mykola Shaparenko
15Viktor Tsygankov
29Vitaliy Buyalskyy
14Carlos de Pena ↩46
73Ilya Shkurin ↩46
71Denys Boyko
9Eric Ramírez
22Vitinho ↪46
28Vladyslav Kulach
99Denis Antyukh
13Artem Shabanov
20Oleksandr Karavaev ↪76
7Benjamin Verbič
8Volodymyr Shepelev
17Bogdan Lednev
18Oleksandr Andrievsky
19Denys Harmash ↪46
FC Bayern
1Manuel Neuer (C)
5Benjamin Pavard
23Tanguy Nianzou ↩85
21Lucas Hernández ↩46
19Alphonso Davies
24Corentin Tolisso
8Leon Goretzka
11Kingsley Coman ↩67
25Thomas Müller
10Leroy Sané ↩87
9Robert Lewandowski
26Sven Ulreich
36Christian Früchtl
40Malik Tillman ↪85
3Omar Richards ↪87
20Bouna Sarr ↪46
22Marc Roca ↪67

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