With a 5: 1 victory (3-1) against Benfica, FC Bayern qualified early for the five-point knockout stages in the Champions League group standings. Arjen Robben (13 minutes), Robert Lewandowski (36th place) and Franck Ribéry (76) scored the goals for Munich, leading the last meeting in Amsterdam. The score for Benfica made way for Gedson on the pitch.
The starting line for the workers (Rafinha and Robben instead of Javi Martínez and Renato Sanches) has changed from the start in two positions against Fortuna Düsseldorf. One action brought the lead in the 13th minute: Surrounded by many opponents, Robben came to the right wing. The Dutchman sat at an irresistible solo, which he finished with a blow to the left in the far corner – a dream empty!
In the 23rd minute Odisseas Vlachodomis, the former goalkeeper of the German U21 selection, prevented the score 2-0. Spectacularly, he led a grab from Robert Lewandowski from 17 meters across the crossbar. Also spectacular 2: 0 in Munich: Robben set off in the middle of the field to a new solo effort, led Germán Conti and shot after several delays of ten meters in the right corner. Vlahodomis was uncomfortable with the soggy pitch.
A standard brought 3: 0: A corner of defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich put Lewandowski's head five meters to the left inside the post, where the ball rolled over the line.
A double pass from Gedson's replacement to Jonas raised Bayern's defense shortly after reboot. Gedson, aged 19, remained calm before Manuel Neuer and finished safely (46 years). But already five minutes later, the old distance was restored. 4: 1 was a copy of corner 3: 0: A corner of Kimmich beheaded Lewandowski nearby.
Lewandowski surpasses Henry
It was Lewandowski's 51st goal in the Champions League. The Munich striker has overtaken Arsenal's legend, Thierry Henry, and is now in the eminent rankings of the premier ranking in fifth place.
Ribéry pulled out in the 76th minute to 5: 1. The Frenchman hit the bottom right corner near the base line after moving to David Alaba. His first goal in the Champions League in the spring of 2015. In the 81st minute, South Korean Woo-Yeong Jeong celebrated his professional debut in FC Bayern T-shirt. He was 19 years old replaced by Thomas Müller.
For Munich coach Niko Kovac was a great success. After announcing equality with Düsseldorf club president, Uli Hoeneß, "rethink everything." Coach's position is weakened to nine points behind Borussia Dortmund's league leaders.
To qualify as group winners in the Champions League knockout round, Munich will need a draw in Amsterdam on the final day of the group stage on December 12 (21:00). The round of the last sixteen will take place on February 12, 2019.
Bayern Munich – Benfica Lisbon 5: 1 (3: 0)
1: 0 seals (13)
2: 0 seals (30)
3: 0 Lewandowski (36)
3: 1 Gedson (46.)
4: 1 Lewandowski (51.)
5: 1 Ribéry (76.)
Munich: New – Rafinha, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Kimmich – Robben (72 by Renato Sanches), Müller (81. Jeong), Goretzka, Ribéry (78th Wagner) – Lewandowski
Lisbon: Vlachodimos – André Almeida, Conti, Ruben Dias, Grimaldo – Pizzi (46. Gedson), Fejsa (76. Alfa), Gabriel – Rafa Silva, Jonas (59. Seferovic)
referee: Daniele Orsato
Yellow cards: Robben, Ribery / Alpha
spectators: 70,000 (sold)