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FC Bayern beat Benfica

The Bavarians lined up with Manuel Neuer in goal and Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Süle, Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernández in a back four. Marcel Sabitzer and Joshua Kimmich anchored a midfield featuring Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sané and Thomas Müller, with Robert Lewandowski as the target man. Josip Stanišić,

No goals

Once match official Ovidiu Haţegan had set events in motion, Bayern hit the ground running, Lewandowski drawing a fine save from keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos before Sané fired wide. Vlachodimos denied Pavard and Lewandowski before Benfica had their first chance, but Yaremchuk could not quite connect with a cross. Bayern continued to dominate, but Sané miscued a free-kick and Coman saw an effort saved.

Neuer made a strong save against Núñez before Coman miscued a header, Sané firing inches wide. Bayern had the ball in the net when Lewandowski put a Coman cross over the line, but the goal was ruled out for handball, and the contest was goalless at half-time.

Late flourish

Proceedings were similar after the restart. Vlachodimos directed a Pavard effort onto the post before Müller hit the woodwork. Coman shone when he charged down the left and sidestepped an opponent before setting up Sané, who saw his shot parried, with Müller on hand to mop up, but the linesman's flag was up for offside.

Neuer made another strong save when he denied Gonçalves, Verissimo heading wide. Lewandowski headed over and Yaremchuk put a shot wide at the other end, but Munich finally scored when Sané's sumptuous free-kick from 25 yards left Vlachodimos without a chance.

The goal opened the floodgates, with Bayern more inspired in attack now. Coman fired over, but Benfica's Everton soon put a Gnabry cutback through his own goal. Lewandowski banished any lingering doubts when he made it three, tapping home from point-blank range. The final flourish came when Stanišić' cutback invited Sané to blast home from 12 yards and crown his fine performance.

The German record champions will be back in action on Saturday, when they entertain Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. Bayern and Benfica meet again on 2 November.

Live match report for fcbayern.com by Greg Salmen

Benfica - FC Bayern 0-4 (HT: 0-0)
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  • Benfica

    ter Stegen - Sergi Roberto (Demir 59), Araújo, Piqué, Eric García (Mingueza 66), Alba (Álex Baldé 74) - F. de Jong, Busquets (Gavi 59), Pedri - L. de Jong (Coutinho 66), Depay


    Substitutions

    Iñaki Peña, Neto - Dest, Lenglet, Umtiti, Nico, Riqui Puig


  • FC Bayern

    Neuer - Pavard, Süle, Upamecano, Hernández - Sabitzer, Kimmich - Coman, Sané, Müller - Lewandowski


    Substitutions

    Ulreich – Richards, Choupo-Moting, Cuisance, Sarr, Roca, Nianzou


  • Referee

    Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)


  • Attendance

    40,000


  • Goals

    0-1


  • Yellow cards

    - / -

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