Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham: Bayern seal perfect Champions League group campaign
Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho on target as Bayern finish with perfect record
Last Updated: 12/12/19 6:15am
Bayern Munich ended the Champions League group stages with a perfect record after a convincing 3-1 victory over Tottenham at the Allianz Arena.
With Bayern and Spurs already assured of a spot in the last 16, the final assignment in Group B was reduced to a dead rubber, but Bayern were in no mood to take their foot off the gas against the side they scored seven past in October.
Kingsley Coman slotted Bayern in front on 12 minutes, and although they were pegged back within four minutes by Ryan Sessegnon's first Spurs goal, efforts from Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho saw the five-time European champions outmuscle a timid Tottenham side.
Bayern Munich: Neuer (7), Pavard (6), Boateng (6), Martinez (6), Davies (7), Kimmich (8), Thiago (6), Coman (6), Coutinho (8), Perisic (6), Gnabry (8).
Subs: Goretzka (n/a), Muller (6),Zirkzee (n/a).
Tottenham: Gazzaniga (6), Walker-Peters (5), Foyth (5), Alderweireld (5), Rose (5), Dier (5), Sissoko (5), Lo Celso (4), Eriksen (5), Sessegnon (6), Lucas (4).
Subs: Son (5), Skipp (n/a), Wanyama (n/a).
Man of the Match: Serge Gnabry
The victory sees Bayern become the seventh side to win all of their group games in the competition, with attention now turning to Monday's Champions League draw, where group winners Bayern and runners-up Spurs await their fate in the knockout stage.
Who can Spurs face in last-16?
- Paris Saint-Germain
- RB Leipzig
How Bayern ended group perfect
With their passage to the knockout stage already secure, both sides made a combined 11 changes ahead of their final group-stage outing.
Bayern were the dominant force in front of their own fans, patiently examining the Spurs defence before coming alive in attack on 12 minutes.
- Former Premier League players Serge Gnabry and Philippe Coutinho returned as Bayern Munich made five changes from the weekend defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
- Ryan Sessegnon made his first start for Spurs and Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Danny Rose, Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Eriksen returned as Jose Mourinho made six changes in Munich.
Benjamin Pavard's back-post volley was saved on the line by Paulo Gazzaniga, who showed quick reflexes to get back to his feet to prevent Thiago Alcantara from converting the rebound.
But there was nothing the Spurs goalkeeper could do two minutes later when Serge Gnabry's cross deflected into Coman's path, and the Frenchman slotted Bayern into the lead.
But Spurs were behind for just four minutes, an intricate move ended with the ball rolling into the path of 19-year-old Sessegnon, who capped his first start for Spurs and in the Champions League by rifling home at the near post.
Bayern lost goalscorer Coman to a nasty-looking knee injury on 25 minutes, and shortly afterwards, Thiago missed a glorious chance to restore their lead when he somehow fired wide after Gnabry's shot rebounded off the post and into his lap.
But Coman's replacement, Muller, lifted the mood with a poacher's goal, poking his 198th goal for the club home after Alphonso Davies's shot bounced off the frame of the Spurs goal.
Gazzaniga denied Coutinho a stunning quick-fire second, tipping the Brazilian's long-range effort onto the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.
Coutinho would go on to register five shots on goal, three of which were on target, before he finally got his reward, curling a low effort beyond the outstretched arm of Gazzaniga to put the seal on a brilliant campaign for Bayern.
What the manager said...
Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho: "Today wasn't a question of being or not being ready. Today was the very difficult situation of playing a game and preparing [for] a game where you put more emphasis on the players that rest than the players that play and the result you are fighting for. That's very difficult and I try to hide that feeling from the players, but the players are intelligent guys and they understand clearly my focus was not on today my focus is on what's next."
Stats: Bayern's brilliant campaign
- Bayern became just the second club to win all six of their group games in a single UEFA Champions League campaign (in the competition's current format - since 2003-04) after Real Madrid, who have done so twice (in 2011-12 & 2014-15).
- Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has lost each of his three away games at Bayern Munich, with all three coming in the Champions League in charge of different teams (2-3 with Chelsea, 1-2 with Real Madrid and 1-3 with Spurs).
- Bayern Munich have gone unbeaten at home in the Champions League group stage for the sixth consecutive campaign, winning 17 of their 18 games at the Allianz Arena since the 2014-15 season (D1).
Both clubs await their fate in Monday's draw for the last-16 of the Champions League. Before that, Bayern host Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga at 2.30pm on Saturday, while Spurs travel to Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday at 2pm.