Catch the complete playback and highlights of Bayern Munich vs FC Copenhagen. The game starts at 20:00 (GMT) on 29th November 2023 with referee S. Frappart overseeing the match at Allianz Arena. It’s a showdown in Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group A, Season 2023/2024.
Bayern Munich vs FC Copenhagen Full Match Reports
Bayern Munich’s impressive streak of 17 consecutive victories in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage faced disruption as VAR controversially denied the Bavarians a late penalty in a goalless draw against FC Copenhagen.
Thomas Tuchel, with qualification already secured, implemented four changes to the Bayern lineup that triumphed over Köln, introducing Alphonso Davies, Raphaël Guerreiro, Mathys Tel, and Thomas Müller to the starting XI. For Müller, this marked his 150th UCL appearance, and the German veteran played a pivotal role in setting up the hosts’ initial chance, as Tel narrowly missed a shot wide at the far post. While Tuchel’s side had less pressure, Copenhagen sought to capitalize on the 3-3 draw between Galatasaray and Manchester United earlier, realizing that a draw would elevate them to second place in the group.
Copenhagen nearly took the lead when Roony Bardghji’s shot narrowly missed the far post, following exquisite link-up play involving Viktor Claesson and Lukas Lerager. Head coach Jacob Neestrup couldn’t conceal his frustration, understanding that clear-cut opportunities like that might be scarce. On the other side, Kamil Grabara made a superb save at his near post to deflect Müller’s header after Tel connected with Konrad Laimer’s enticing delivery. Overall, Neestrup found satisfaction in his team’s first-half display against a Bayern side gradually intensifying their play before halftime.
In the second half, Diogo Gonçalves had the first chance for the visitors, with his long-range strike narrowly missing the post as Manuel Neuer stretched to the fullest. Copenhagen sensed a potential upset, prompting Neuer to parry away Elias Achouri’s effort before an uncharacteristically subdued Harry Kane had his shot pushed over the bar by Grabara. Copenhagen appeared comfortable against the underperforming German champions, with Dayot Upamecano heading wide from Joshua Kimmich’s corner.
In the late stages of the match, the visitors almost secured all three points, but Neuer made two exceptional saves to deny Mohamed Elyounoussi’s header and subsequent shot on goal. The game concluded remarkably, with referee Stéphanie Frappart initially awarding a penalty for Peter Ankersen’s handball from Frans Krätzig’s cross. However, the decision was overturned after a review, leaving Tuchel bewildered. Ultimately, it was a valuable point for the visitors, who understand that a victory in their final showdown against Galatasaray will secure a spot in the last 16.
Man of the Match: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich).