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Five of Bayern Munich’s most memorable clashes with Premier League sides

Bayern Munich face Tottenham in the Champions League next week, the German giants renewing their hostilities with another of English football’s leading sides.

Few clubs across Europe have enjoyed such rivalry with Premier League teams, the serial Bundesliga winners having featured in some memorable clashes in recent times.

 

So for those of you interested in the latest Champions League betting odds, we’ve decided to look back at some of the best of Bayern Munich clashes against Premier League sides…

Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1999 Champions League final

The most dramatic conclusion to a Champions League final in history, Bayern Munich must have thought they had their hands on Europe’s biggest prize as they headed towards stoppage-time of the 1999 final protecting a one-goal lead.

The German’s were dominant for much of the contest at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Mario Basler’s early free-kick having seen them take a first-half lead.

With just minutes to play Manchester United would push for an equaliser as they looked to complete an unprecedented treble, sending goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel forward for a corner kick and scoring a dramatic late equaliser in the first minute of stoppage-time courtesy of substitute Teddy Sheringham.

Not done there, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side would win another corner just moments later. David Beckham would once again swing in the delivery, Sheringham’s flicked header met by fellow substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seal the most miraculous of wins.

United had scored twice in stoppage-time to turn the final around, the club crowned champions of Europe for a second time.

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Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea (AET, Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties), 2012 Champions League final

Chelsea would reach the Champions League final for the second time in their history in 2012, looking to avenge the demons of their showpiece defeat to Manchester United four years earlier.

Bayern were also looking to bounce back from disappointment having lost to Inter Milan in 2010, and with the final being staged at their own Allianz Arena the Bundesliga side were in confident mood.

Chelsea were without suspended captain John Terry and a tight affair seemed to be heading for a stalemate, until Thomas Muller fired the German side in front with just seven minutes remaining.

A second final defeat beckoned for Chelsea until the intervention of Didier Drogba, the Ivorian powerfully heading home Juan Mata’s corner with just a minute remaining to force extra-time.

The drama was not finished, however, Drogba conceding a penalty for a foul on Franck Ribery, gifting former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben the chance to put Bayern back in front in the added period.

Robben’s spot-kick would be saved by Petr Cech and the final would head to a shoot-out, the goalkeeper once again providing heroics to deny Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger after Mata had missed the opening kick for Chelsea.

Cech’s saves gave Drogba the chance to win it, the forward calmly rolling the ball home to seal the Blues first ever Champions League success.

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Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich, Champions League group stage, 2014

Manchester City were facing a fight to secure qualification for the Champions League knock-out stages when they welcomed Bayern Munich to the Etihad in 2014, the Germans having enjoyed a perfect record in the competition ahead of their meeting.

Sergio Aguero would fire City into the lead, though two goals in five first-half minutes from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski put Bayern in control.

Defeat would have left City facing a huge task to secure their place in the last-16 ahead of the group’s final fixture, but Mehdi Benatia’s red card for Bayern offered Manuel Pellegrini’s side hope.

Aguero would prove to be the hero in a dramatic finish, scoring twice in the final five minutes including a stoppage-time winner to secure a memorable European result for City and keep their Champions League hopes alive.

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Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich, Champions League last-16, 2017

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal had been taught a footballing lesson in the first leg in Germany, being on the receiving end of a 5-1 thrashing that all but ended their hopes of reaching the last eight.

The North London side’s fans must have anticipated the worst ahead of the return fixture, fears that would soon result in a nightmare in one of the most comprehensive knock-out defeats in the competition’s history.

Theo Walcott’s early opener sparked hopes of a famous comeback, though the hosts would see Laurent Koscielny controversially dismissed early in the second half and the loss of the defender resulted in capitulation at the Emirates.

Bayern would score five times without reply in the second period through Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and an Arturo Vidal brace, the Bavarian’s sealing a 10-2 aggregate success on a humbling and humiliating night for Arsenal.

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Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich, Champions League group stage, 2019

One of the most remarkable results in Champions League memory, Bayern Munich would once again roll into North London and deliver a masterclass in attacking football.

It would be Tottenham on the receiving end this time, last season’s runners-up dismantled by the German champions in devastating fashion, former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry helping himself to four goals on a woeful night for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Joshua Kimmich and a Robert Lewandowski brace would see Spurs hit for seven on an embarrassing night for the club, Son Heung-Min’s opener and a Harry Kane penalty proving little consolation.

Spurs now head to Munich and the Allianz Arena for the return fixture, where new manager Jose Mourinho is likely to tighten their leaky rearguard.

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