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  • Disappointment for young Celts as Bayern grab late winner

    Disappointment for young Celts as Bayern grab late winner

    By: Tony Connelly on 31 Oct, 2017 19:06

  • UEFA Youth League
    Group B Matchday Four
    Cappielow, Greenock
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

    (Aitchison 60)

    (Batista 72, 93)

    BAYERN Munich denied a dominant Celtic a point in the UEFA Youth League with a last-minute winner in Greenock, with the German side now moving top of the group after defeating Tommy McIntyre’s side 2-1.

    Jack Aitchison had put Celtic ahead in the second-half before a double from Oliver Meier Batista handed Bayern Munich all three points.

    Celtic took the game to Bayern in the early stages of the match but the German defence were able to deny the home side any clear-cut opportunities. The first opportunity came from Celtic captain Regan Hendry, who showed good awareness to try and lob Hoffmann from the half-way-line when the keeper was caught out of position, but his attempt went wide.

    Ewan Henderson was the next to test the German keeper with a long-range effort but Hoffmann was equal to it and held on to the ball. Kerr McInroy had the only other real chance in the first-half when his half-volley from outside the box was again saved by Hoffmann.  

    There was little to separate the two sides in the first 45 minutes but Celtic looked the more likely of the two to open the scoring. The young Hoops did an excellent job containing Bayern and began to find their attacking rhythm as the half progressed, but the vital pass in the last third was too rushed at times.

    Celtic saw more of the possession and kept the Bayern defence busy, winning five corners while the Germans only had one attempt on target from a header which Ryan Mullen comfortably held on to. Mikey Johnston, who scored in the away leg of the fixture two weeks ago in Munch, continued to threaten the visitors with his tricky footwork and darting runs into the box.

    Tommy McIntyre’s side immediately started the second-half on the front foot as they went in search of a goal.

    The Hoops high pressing game saw Henderson win possession deep in the opposition half but Hoffmann was equal to his low, driven shot. Mark Hill then got on the end of a Johnston cross out on the left and attempted to back-heel the ball in, but the keeper saved his attempt.

    Oliver Meier Batista came close to putting Bayern ahead against the run of play when he burst into the box but Ryan Mullen showed great reactions to rush off his line and save the close-range effort.

    McInroy was instrumental in finally putting Celtic ahead. The young midfielder beat two Bayern defenders on the edge of the box before laying off Aitchison who steered the ball into the back of the net just before the hour mark.

    The Hoops were unlucky not to increase their advantage moments later when Aitchison had another shot at goal from the edge of the area but Hoffmann was able to push the ball wide. Hendry was then denied a clear penalty when he was brought down in the box but the referee waved play on.

    Bayern found a way back into the game in the 72 minute when Batista converted a wonderful taken free-kick on the edge of the Celtic area, the midfielder dipping the ball over the Hoops wall and into the bottom corner beyond Mullen.

    Bayern Munich gained a new lease of life after scoring and looked the more energetic of the two sides in the closing stages of the game. Celtic still pressed Bayern high as they went in search of a winner, though, and substitute Broque Watson almost clinched all three points for Celtic with just a few minutes remaining. But his shot from around eight yards was blocked by the opposition defence.

    Just as they did in Munich, Celtic’s dominance and energy appeared to fade in the closing stages and Bayern took advantage. Batista latched on to a looping ball over the top of the Celtic defence and beat McInroy on the by line before firing past Mullen from a tight angle to seal the win.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Mullen; Bell (Savoury 78), Welsh, Deas, Miller (Duffy 77); Hill, McInroy; Hendry, E. Henderson (Watson 68), Johnston; Aitchison
    Not Used: Willison, Carvey, Divers, Potter

    BAYERN MUNICH: Hoffmann; Gotze, Mai, Zaiser (J. Herrmann 75), Batista; Rieg, Stanisic, Pudic, P. Herrmann, Heiland; Jelisic.
    Not Used: Wagner, Kollmann, Dalmeida, Stiller, Rausch, Butler


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