Benfica 0-4 Bayern Munich: Leroy Sane nets brace with Robert Lewandowski also on the scoresheet as visitors net all their goals in frantic final 15 minutes to make it three wins out of three
- Leroy Sane whipped in a fierce free kick to give Bayern Munich the lead
- Benfica substitute Everton then headed in an own goal in the 80th minute
- Robert Lewandowski bagged the German giants’ third goal two minutes later
- Sane then finished off a frantic 15-minute spell by drilling in his second goal
Bayern Munich struck four times in a frantic 15-minute spell late in the second half to cruise past Benfica Lisbon 4-0 on Wednesday and make it three wins out of three Champions League Group E matches.
Leroy Sane whipped in a fierce free kick in the 70th minute and drilled in his second in the 85th after Benfica substitute Everton headed in an own goal in the 80th and Robert Lewandowski bagged their third goal two minutes later.
The Bavarians, with coach Julian Nagelsmann missing with a flu and being replaced by his assistants, had earlier hit the woodwork and also had two efforts disallowed.
Bayern Munich made it three Champions League wins out of three with victory at Benfica
Leroy Sane (right) scored twice for the Bundesliga champions as they won in Portugal
The former Manchester City star (left) whipped in a fierce free kick in the 70th minute
Benfica (3-4-3): Vlachodimos; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Almeida (Goncalves 40), J. Mario (Taarabt 81), Weigl, Grimaldo; R. Silva (Pizzi 80), Yaremchuk (Everton Soares 76), Nunez (G. Ramos 81)
Subs not used: Gilberto, Meite, Radonjic, Bernardo, Leite, Morato, Ferro
Bookings: Otamendi, J. Mario
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Pavard (Gnabry 66), Sule, Upamecano, L. Hernandez (Richards 85); Kimmich, Sabitzer (Tolisso 86); Muller (Stanisic 77), Sane, Coman (Musiala 86); Lewandowski
Subs not used: Fruchtl, Sarr, Roca, Nianzou, Choupo-Moting
Goals: Sane 70, 84, Everton Soares own goal 80, Lewandowski 82
Bookings: Upamecano, Hernandez
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan
But Benfica had their share of golden opportunities in an entertaining game before eventually running out of gas after the 70th minute.
Bayern, who have now scored 12 goals in their three games and have conceded none, are top of Group E on nine points, with Benfica in second place on four.
They are also unbeaten in a record-extending 20 consecutive Champions League away games.
Some 14 months after winning the Champions League title there, Bayern returned to Lisbon’s Da Luz stadium and went in search of an early goal with chances missed by Sane and Lewandowski.
Benfica gradually balanced things out and forced Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer, making his 100th appearance in the competition, to a fine save before Lewandowski put the ball in the net just before the break only to have his effort cancelled for hand ball.
Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos then denied them two minutes after the restart, deflecting Benjamin Pavard’s powerful shot onto the post.
Minutes later Bayern thought they had finally scored when Thomas Mueller tapped in on the rebound after a solo effort down the wing from man-of-the-match Kingsley Coman. But a VAR review ruled out the strike as Coman was deemed to be offside.
It was by no means one-way traffic with Neuer again making a superb stop in the 55th, palming a curled Diogo Goncalves shot wide with his left glove. Roman Yaremchuk also came agonisingly close, with his shot a little later sailing just wide of the far post.
But it was Sane who broke the deadlock, whipping his 70th minute free kick in before they scored three more times in a rampant finale to remain on course of a spot in the knockout stages.
Benfica substitute Everton (above) headed in an own goal in the 80th minute for the second
Robert Lewandowski bagged the Bundesliga champions’ third goal two minutes later
Sane (right) then finished off a frantic 15-minute spell by drilling in his second in the 85th