(Coman 22, Javi Martinez 77)
Celtic had a tic to tact, head to head battle down at the celtic park, Glasgow, where Celtic happened to have had a slight defeat to the German giants with a 2 – 1 score over the continuation in the eufa champions league game.
The Hoops played the first half though they trailed at the interval after Kingsley Coman capitalised on the home side’s failure to deal with Sven Ulreich’s long clearance but Callum McGregor crowned James Forrest excellent work when he levelled for the Hoops with 16 minutes left on the clock, finding the net. This goal helped set up a grandstand finish but Bayern Munich was able to take the win over and grabbed the winner when Javi Martinez headed in Coman’s cross, Brendan Rodgers’ side proved to have earned their place in mature and spirited game play among the best in Europe.
Scott Brown with seven other players were restored to the side following Saturday’s draw with Kilmarnock, Dedryck Boyata, Forrest, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Sinclair, McGregor and Moussa Dembele also coming back into the team. Brendan Rodgers’ side, lining up with a defense side of three, were confident and purposeful in the opening exchanges, acting up as strong back pillars on the ball they were able to prolong periods of possessions, regardless Bayern’s high pressing.
The Hoops game play on attacks, were coordinated and was with real pace and intensity, with the explosive Forrest particularly prominent, which did pay of has he caused problems over and over again. 13 minute into the after collecting Armstrong’s return pass and cutting the ball from the byline, Forrest would had made Celtic even more proud if the ball hadn’t been hooked clear by the visitors.
Finally, Celtic’s continuous pressure came to light as Forrest, unsurprisingly thrusting in deep into the heart of the Bayern backline spots the run for McGregor, who was able to drive a trilling shot under Ulreich, sending Celtic Park into rapture.
Paradise was still in load roars of an undisputed joy of rocking waves, when the German Giants wasted no time in ruthlessly restoring their lead as Martinez found the back of the net from Coman’s cross, netting in just three minutes later confirming their win.
Celtic never relented as they played even through to the final whistle not minding Bayerns come back, the Bhoys had a finlly work and Dembele shot over on the half-volley from Tierney’s delivery, Bayern held firm to claim the three points. Regardless the game score Paradise never held back to show its heart felt proudness of its Bhoys with ranging sets of applause at the final whistle. It’s one match that’s not to be forgotten any time soon.
CELTIC (3-4-2-1) Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Bitton; Forrest, Brown, Armstrong (Griffiths 79), Tierney; Sinclair (Rogic 64), McGregor; Dembele
Not Used: de Vries, Gamboa, Hayes, Ntcham, Ajer
BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1) Ulreich; Rafinha, Sule, Boateng, Alaba; Tolisso (Kimmich 83), Martinez; Robben (Thiago 90+3), Vidal (Rudy 59), Coman; James
Not Used: Starke, Hummels, Friedl, Wintzheimer