11192017

Celtic crushed by Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich players celebrate

Bayern Munich were in excellent form under Jupp Heynckes, who took over for a third time last week

Celtic endured a European night to forget as they were swept aside by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Thomas Muller blasted in the opener from close range after Craig Gordon saved a header from Robert Lewandowski, who was afforded far too much space.

Joshua Kimmich’s perfectly placed header from Kingsley Coman’s delivery made it 2-0.

Mats Hummels nodded in the third after the break for a Bayern side that passed up a number of excellent chances.

Celtic are third in Group B after three games, three points clear of bottom side Anderlecht, who lost 4-0 at home to Paris St-Germain.

Thomas Muller celebrates<!–

Thomas Muller crashed in the opener for Bayern Munich from close range

Celtic were a defensive shambles for much of the night and the mess at the back started as early as the first minute when a Kimmich corner came worryingly close to being turned in by Muller. That was a warning – and there were others.

The Germans had a goal disallowed moments later, then they had a clear penalty waved away by referee Sergei Karasev. That was a huge break for the visitors given that Mikael Lustig quite obviously pulled Lewandowski’s shirt as the Pole sped away from him.

Lustig was playing centre-half in place of the injured Jozo Simunovic, with his own place at right-back filled by Cristian Gamboa.

The patchwork nature of the defence raised, again, the old issue of why Brendan Rodgers did not sign an established centre-half in the summer. That decision came back to hurt him at the Allianz Arena.

Gamboa had a wretched time trying to handle Coman. In the opening half, every time the French winger got one-on-one with the Celtic man he skinned him and caused mayhem.

It was no surprise when the opener came and no surprise either that defensive calamity was at the heart of it.

Joshua Kimmich scores<!–

Joshua Kimmich scored the second with a wonderful header from 15 yards

The wonderful Kimmich dinked a ball into Celtic’s penalty area, over the unaware Lustig and on to Lewandowski’s head. Gamboa stood idly by as the striker headed on goal, Gordon making a fine save low to his right. Muller was first to the loose ball, driving it high into Celtic’s net.

The second came just before the half-hour, Coman going by Gamboa and crossing for Kimmich, all alone, to brilliantly guide his header into the top right hand corner of Gordon’s net. The Celtic goalkeeper had to beat away a Lewandowski shot a minute later.

Celtic were panic-ridden. Their use of the little amount of ball they got was abject, player after player being spooked into giving it away cheaply.

Rodgers had stated on the eve of the match that Celtic would have to be resilient and confident. They also needed to be pragmatic, They weren’t. They were innocent. Easy prey.

Bayern scored their third six minutes into the second half, a routine goal from a corner after Gordon put his own defence under pressure with an unwise pass to an under pressure Scott Brown.

Celtic struggled to handle Bayern’s corners all evening. This one was put in by Arjen Robben and glanced in by Hummels. From another corner, 10 minutes later, Robben’s header had to be kicked off the line by Gamboa.

Mats Hummels scores for Bayern Munich<!–

Mats Hummels powered a header home after the break to make it 3-0

Rodgers made two substitutions – Moussa Dembele came on in a belated attempt at creating the kind of out-ball that Leigh Griffiths couldn’t offer. Tom Rogic also appeared in place of the ineffective Stuart Armstrong.

They had a couple of moments soon after; Kieran Tierney forcing a save from Sven Ulreich and Scott Sinclair and Rogic forcing two more just after. James Forrest came on and Ulreich made a save from him, too.

Sinclair had the ball in Bayern’s net, but Celtic were denied even a crumb of consolation when the offside flag went up.

Bayern had lost their urgency by then. They coasted in the closing minutes, albeit Muller would have added a fourth had it not been for a fine save by Gordon. They were hardly distraught at the miss. Their work was well and truly done.

Robert Lewandowski claims for a penalty<!–

Bayern had a strong claim for a penalty waved away after Mikael Lustig appeared to haul down Robert Lewandowski

Live Text

Match ends, FC Bayern München 3, Celtic 0.

Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 3, Celtic 0.

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Foul by David Alaba (FC Bayern München).

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rafinha with a cross.

Offside, Celtic. Kieran Tierney tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

Offside, Celtic. Mikael Lustig tries a through ball, but Scott Brown is caught offside.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Mats Hummels.

Attempt blocked. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Offside, Celtic. Moussa Dembele tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Sven Ulreich.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cristian Gamboa.

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Rafinha replaces Joshua Kimmich.

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Patrick Roberts.

Attempt missed. Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross following a corner.

Substitution, FC Bayern München. James Rodríguez replaces Kingsley Coman.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Alaba with a cross.

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

Offside, Celtic. Olivier Ntcham tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Arturo Vidal replaces Thiago Alcántara.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Thiago Alcántara tries a through ball, but Arjen Robben is caught offside.

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution, Celtic. Moussa Dembele replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Attempt saved. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Offside, FC Bayern München. David Alaba tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a cross.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

Attempt missed. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.

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