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Bayern Munich Extends Champions League Unbeaten Run To 37 Games – Forbes

Harry Kane celebrates what turned out Bayern Munich’s winning goal in a tough Champions League game … [+] against Galatasaray. (Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images)
The incredible run continues for Bayern Munich. On Tuesday, the Rekordmeister beat Turkish giants Galatasaray in Istanbul 3-1 thanks to goals by Kingsley Coman (8’), Harry Kane (74’) and Jamal Musiala (80’). Mauro Icardi made it 1-1 from the spot (30’).
The result marks Bayern’s eighth Champions League group stage away win in a row, the 16th group stage win in a row, and the 37th group stage game without defeat. Naturally, all three are records.
Although Bayern dominated the last 20 minutes, the result was probably closer to comfort than the fans and the bosses hoped. Coman’s goal after eight minutes, in fact, came somewhat out of nowhere, and although there were questions about the penalty, the equalizer by Icardi was more than deserved.
“It was very tense,” Coman said after the game to Amazon AMZN Prime. “It wasn’t easy because they created a lot of pressure, but there was more space in the second half, and I think that’s why we scored more after the break. I love atmospheres like this. You have a lot of adrenaline in a game like this, and tonight was incredible.”
Indeed, until the 70th minute, Galatasaray huffed and puffed, creating chances without finding a way through against a Bayern side that seemingly struggled with the noise created by the fans inside RAMS Park.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have coached many dominant teams in my recent jobs, but that can always happen. Galatasaray have a very strong team, and we weren’t at our best level in the first half,” Tuchel said when asked about the fact that his side conceded 16 shots in the first half. “They caused us problems. But it was important to show a reaction, which we did.”
Bayern Munich players celebrate a win in what was a very tough fixture against Turkish giants … [+] Galatasaray (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Rekordmeister most certainly showed a reaction in the second half. In fact, you could make an argument that Bayern bent without breaking and Galatasaray slowly but surely ran out of steam. Then, in the 74th minute, Kane showed why the Rekordmeister paid over $100 million to sign the Englishman when he scored what turned out to be the winner.
“A very important win,” Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel said after the game. “Well done by our team. Galatasaray didn’t lose in 17 games this season. We had many problems in the first half; we lost a lot of duels and weren’t good in one-v-one situations. Galatasaray had too many chances, and we suffered a lot.”
But the Kane goal changed everything, and just six minutes later, the Englishman would find Musiala, and Bayern had, suddenly, doubled the lead. “It’s a really important win,” Kane said after the game to German broadcaster Amazon Prime. “This is a really tough place to come. A tough stadium with the fans pushing them on. It made things difficult for us, especially in the first half. In the second half, we were a bit more calm, better on the ball, and took our chances. To have nine points after three games is really important.”
Indeed, with nine points from three games, Bayern can book a ticket to the next round with a win at home against Galatasaray two weeks from now. Qualifying for the next round early would be welcome news for head coach Tuchel, given the lack of depth of this Bayern side. Although Noussair Mazraoui was back in the side, Bayern dressed just seven players for the bench.
With all that in mind, Bayern will take the win on the road and the prospect of having room for rotation for the last two Champions League games. Not that there is much time to breathe; Darmstadt will be next on the weekend, and Bayern then face Saarbrücken in the DFB Pokal next week before facing Dortmund in the Klassiker on Nov. 5.
Manuel Veth is the host of the Bundesliga Gegenpressing Podcast and the Area Manager USA at Transfermarkt. He has also been published in the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA, and several other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth and on Threads: @manuveth

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