UCL: Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid [Review]
With many teams fighting for their place in the knockout stages of the UCL and the Europa League, tonight's match between Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid took a bit of a backseat.
Both teams had already qualified for the knockout stage of the UCL and so tonight's game was one more about pride rather than gaining qualifying points. With Atlético Madrid having won the reverse fixture it was important for Bayern to gain the confidence that a win against tough competition can provide.
In the first half Yannick Carrasco had a couple of really good chances that he should have buried, however Bayern and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was there to show why he is considered to be the world's best GK by many. In the 28th minute Robert Lewandowski scored what was his 2nd free kick goal in just 5 days, as he curled it into the left side of the net.
After this Bayern pretty much dominated possession and took minimal risk to ensure that Atlético didn't get the counter-attack they were craving for. For Atlético this was highly uncomfortable as they are used to being the ones controlling the game after going 1 goal up. They really didn't offer much in the 2nd half and this may be a concern for Diego Simeone as they progress into the knock-out stage.
The game ended 1-0 in Bayern's favour however the free-kick was ultimately what separated the two sides. While the result of this game was for the most-part not important, it will have definitely have served as good practice for both teams as they head into the knockout stage.