October 26, 2016

Guardiola celebrates 100th Bayern win

Bayern Munich`s Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Moenchengladbach vs Bayern Munich in Moenchengladbach on December 5, 2015. AFP

Pep Guardiola celebrated his 100th win as Bayern Munich coach as Robert Lewandowski scored both goals in Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League win at Dinamo Zagreb.

Bayern had already secured their place in the next round as Group F winners before the match at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb which saw Guardiola reach his landmark figure in just 132 games at the Bavarian giants.
“Despute everything, it was a difficult game and wasn’t easy to play in,” said Lewandowski with temperatures hovering just above freezing in Zagreb.

“We knew we had to be patient and in the second half we had more room to play with.”
Guardiola rested goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and brought in former Stuttgart ‘keeper Sven Ulreich who was playing just his second competitive game for the German champions.

Ulreich proved up to the task, saving in the sixth minute from Dinamo midfielder Josip Pivaric and in the 25th minute from Algerian striker El Arbi Hilal Soudani.

In the second half, Guardiola took off Medhi Benatia and Franck Ribery and brought on Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng.

The two had an immediate impact and the match was decided in three minutes by Lewandowski scoring in the 61st and 64th minutes.

Mueller missed a penalty in the 87th minute.
Croatian champions Dinamo finished Group F in last place with pool winners Bayern and Arsenal going through.
“I have to pay my team a big compliment for the performance. Sven Ulreich did very, very well and I’m pleased with him,” said Guardiola.

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