Viktoria Koln 0-5 Bayern Munich: First reactions and observations

Initial reactions and observations

  • The score does not reflect it, but that was a professional victory for Bayern Munich. Viktoria Koln played much better than her position in the football pyramid would suggest, but in the end the difference in quality was too great.
  • Great debuts for both Mathys Tel and Ryan Gravenberch, who gave us a hint of what they might be capable of in a Bayern jersey. Meanwhile, Noussair Mazraoui has to fine tune a bit if he wants to unseat Benjamin Pavard.
  • It’s good to see Leon Goretzka back on the field after such a long time. He seems to be quite fit.
  • Ben-Alex Voll had a Sommer performance. Any other goalkeeper would have conceded 10 with the chances Bayern had.
  • Bayern Munich is through to the second round of the DFB Pokal. This means two games a week until the world cup. Will Nagelsmann be able to keep his team in shape throughout the process?

Full time: Bayern Munich wins 5-0.

82′ – GOAL! Leon Goretzka makes it 5-0! What career!

67′ – GOAL! Jamal Musiala makes it 4-0! Impressive team goal.

62′ — Changes: Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane replace Sadio Mane and Mathys Tel.

53′ – GOAL! Sadio Mane assisted by Serge Gnabry! These two love to bond.

Four. Five’ – Start the second half!

Halftime: Bayern Munich wins 1-0.

45′ – GOAL! Mathys Tel scored a scream! Gravenberch assist!

34′ – GOAL! Ryan Gravenberch makes it 1-0 against Baby Sommer.

twenty’ – Goodness. Viktoria momentarily unlocked Bayern and slipped the ball into the back of the net. Luckily he was out of the game.

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Kick off: We are underway! The DFB finally also provided a link to watch online, here. Why it couldn’t be alone on YouTube, I don’t know.

One hour to start: We have lineups! It seems that Julian Nagelsmann has chosen to start Sadio Mane once again with Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry at the top of Bayern Munich. Mathys Tel makes his debut as a starter, as does Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui. Matthijs de Ligt also starts at the back, while Manuel Neuer rests for Sven Ulreich.

After a long hiatus from the competition, Bayern Munich are back in the DFB Pokal! After two seasons of consecutive second-round knockouts, the Bavarians look to go all the way this year. The first is third-tier team Viktoria Koln, who will play at the 50,000-capacity Rhein Energie Stadion.

Julian Nagelsmann will want to rotate for this one. Aside from Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller, the vast majority of the starting XI is ready to rest. Operating in his place will be newer players like Mathys Tel, Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui and Matthijs de Ligt. For many of them, this will be the first time they will be able to showcase their talents. The Pokal journey starts here.

It’s Bayern time.

While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our preview podcast? It covers both Gladbach and Viktoria Koln, so maybe jump around a bit. Listen below or at this link.

match information

Location: RheinEnergieStadion, Munich, Germany

Weather: 8:45 p.m. local time, 2:45 p.m. ET

television/broadcast: DFB Television, Find your country

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