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FC Bayern München vs Manchester City at Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium Referee : Ted Unkel
29th July 2018 12:05 AM (BST)
  • 2 FC Bayern München

    • ‘15' Meritan Shabani
    • ‘24' Arjen Robben
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘45'+1' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘51' Lukas Nmecha
    • ‘70' Bernardo Silva


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Next stop: home

That's all from me in Miami.

Now, we head back to marvellous Manchester, buzzing after a superb display.

It's been a fantastic trip for our young Blues, who have produced some fine displays, providing further evidence that the future is bright!

See you on the other side of the Atlantic!


Pep Guardola:

"Phil Foden played an outstanding game today, he is a fighter, he is a guy who runs. He has an English mentality as in he never ever gives up. But I am so satisfied with all of them."


Pep Guardiola

"We analysed our mistakes from the previous games and we played a lot better today. We started really well and had a lot of chances. We kept going and I am satisfied.

"We came here with a lot of young players and new players. So for them, it will be good for the future. It helps them to understand the game. I like to see my players fight for our teammates and play like a humble team.

"You cannot imagine how much I have enjoyed these two weeks with these guys. The young guys have desire. They open their eyes and listen because they have their whole career ahead of them. I want to say thank you to them"



YEAH! Despite a late flurry of Bayern pressure, City hang on for a superb comeback victory!

Bernardo Silva came off the bench to score twice, while Lukas Nmecha netted his first City goal.

A truly impressive performance.



What a chance for Bayern! Frank Ribery weaves his way into the box. His cross is cleared but only as far as Meritan Shabani, who should score but blazes over first-time!



Incredible! City lead 3-2!!!

Beautiful from Bernardo, whose close control deceives two Bayern defenders, and the Portugal man fires into the near post!!!


A hat-trick of changes

Three changes for City...

Luke Bolton, Brahim Diaz and Aymeric Laporte are replaced by Adrian Bernabe, Jack Harrison and Claudio Gomes.


Superb from Garcia

Very well done from the young man. Bayern slice open the City defence, as Franck Ribery releases Arjen Robben. A third goal looks a certainty as he crosses for Sandro Wagner but Eric Garcia does brilliantly to shield the ball away. The German side want a penalty but nothing given.



I'm not really sure how City are losing this game, in truth.

The Blues have dominated possession and created multiple chances but Bayern rode the storm and took their chances on the counter-attack.

That goal on the brink of half-time makes for an intriguing second half, but it has to be said: City have been very impressive in possession - just lacking in the final third.


Dangerous Diaz

Two quickfire chances for Brahim Diaz, as the Spaniard embarks on another driving run and tries his luck with a drive outside the box. Sven Ulreich makes the stop.

Moments later, he receives Lukas Nmecha's backheel but curls just wide of the top corner.



Chances at either end, as Claudio Bravo does brilliantly to deny Arjen Robben a second, before Brahim Diaz attempts to lob Sven Ulreich but sees his chip bounce wide.



Almost a goal back for the Blues, as Luke Bolton delivers a much-better cross. It reaches Phil Foden but he curls wide on the half-volley.


City change

Bernardo Silva has come on to replace the injured Riyad Mahrez.

Not sure the Algerian ever recovered from the earlier challenge in the area. Will keep you updated on his progress.


From the sublime to the ridiculous

Just prior to that second goal, Phil Foden displayed a wonderful piece of skill, plucking the ball out of the air sumptuously before playing through to Luke Bolton. Unfortunately, the winger's touch was too strong and Sven Ulreich collected to kick off Bayern's counter attack.


Goal for Bayern.

Another goal against the run of play. City attack at one end; Bayern break at the other and Arjen Robben collects a floated ball over the top before sweeping past Claudio Bravo.



So frustrating to concede after all that pressure. We've literally dominated from the start!

Disappointing also that the goal was so similar to Mo Salah's the other night. Rafinha had time to pick out his man and Meritan Shabani had the simple task of converting from close range.


Off the post!

ARGH! So unlucky! Riyad Mahrez sends Lukas Nmecha clear and the striker does everything right, drilling across the 'keeper... but his effort hits the post and bounces away!



City well on top here in the opening exchanges. Riyad Mahrez has already had a shout for a penalty waved away, while Lukas Nmecha has just fired straight at Sven Ulreich.


Brilliant from Brahim

Lightning start from City here. That was absolutely outrageous from Brahim Diaz, who dribbled his way into the box and nutmegged Rafinha! The cross unfortunately was cleared away.

A night to remember

The last time we faced Bayern in competitive action?  November 2014... and what a special night it was, particularly for this man...


Two changes

So, that's two changes for City, as Aymeric Laporte and Douglas Luiz start in place of Jason Denayer and Jack Harrison.

Welcome back, Aymeric!


City XI

Bravo (c), Zinchenko, Laporte, Garcia, Humphreys, Luiz, Mahrez, Foden, Diaz, Bolton, Nmecha.

SUBS: Hart, Sane, Bernardo, Mendy, Adarabioyo, Roberts, Denayer, Grimshaw, Harrison, Muric, Touaizi, Pozo, Dele-Bashiru, Garre, Gomes, Bernabe, Matondo, Wilson, Ogbeta


Counsellor Claudio

Claudio Bravo has urged City’s youngsters to make the most of their experience from the tour.

The shot-stopper has witnessed first-hand the hunger amongst the squad and hopes his teenage teammates have acquired the maximum benefit from their opportunity.

“It’s important to be at this level,” he stated. “It has a lot of value because we have a lot of young guys with a lot of potential.

“I think we have to push them to take advantage of this situation and open the door for the future.

“They shouldn’t view these games as friendlies – they should see that they have an open door to compete on a bigger stage.”


Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich:

"I'm looking forward to facing a coach that we were very successful with. There will always be a little bit of Pep at FC Bayern."


Bayern battles

Our opponents have won one and lost one in the ICC, defeating PSG 3-1 in their opener and losing 2-0 to Juventus.

So, I guess that means tonight will be a draw?! That's how football works, right?


Pep's pals

Pep Guardiola says he is looking forward to reuniting with Bayern coach Niko Kovac – and hopes the pair will go head-to-head in the Champions League.

Speaking in Bayern’s press conference, Kovac dubbed Guardiola ‘the best coach in the world’ and the City boss expressed equal admiration for his counterpart, adding he is excited to spend time with old friends.

“I have a lot of friends at Bayern,” he told press. “(To manage there) was a big experience – not just for me but for my family.

“I will always have the honour that once in my life, I managed Bayern. I remember the day they called me and asked me to go there. It was a dream.

“Aside from the results and what happened, my family was so happy in Munich. I still have an apartment there and every time I can, I go back. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the team and staff."


Third and final

Tonight's game marks the end of our visit to the US.

Our young squad have already faced Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool in the International Champions Cup in Chicago and New York - and what an experience it has been for them.

Of course, it hasn't quite been the preparation Pep Guardiola will have expected for the new season, with the majority of his side enjoying well-earned breaks after the World Cup - but the trip and these encounters against top opposition will have provided excellent practice for our budding Blues. The future is bright!


Greetings from Miami

Hello again, Blues! Wishing you a very good evening, from the States, as we ready ourselves for City's final game of our pre-season tour.

Tonight, we lock horns with Bayern Munich at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, as Pep Guardiola faces his former employers! It's sure to be an entertaining one and you can keep up-to-date with all of the game's major events right here.