Leroy Sane dazzles as slick Bayern outclasses Inter in Champions League
MILAN—Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane scored one goal and forced an own goal by Inter Milan as they beat the Italian side 2-0 away in their Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday.
The Germany international superbly controlled a pinpoint Joshua Kimmich cross before rounding Inter keeper Andre Onana, who was making his debut for the club, to give Bayern the lead in the 25th minute.
Man-of-the-match Sane also deserves credit for their second goal after dismantling the Inter defense with a lightning-quick double one-two with Kingsley Coman in the 66th before his shot was turned into the net by Inter captain Danilo D’Ambrosio.
“Leroy had two super actions today. He did really well to control the great ball from Josh (Kimmich), that was not easy,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said.
“The second goal was equally great. He did it really well, the way he speeds up. We could have decided the game a bit earlier though.”
“But overall it was a deserved win and it’s important to win the opening match of the Champions League group stage,” he said.
Bayern, who bounced back following two consecutive draws in the Bundesliga, are now unbeaten in their last 29 Champions League group stage matches, having won the last eight.
They host Barcelona next week, while Inter, who have now lost their last two matches following their derby defeat by AC Milan on Saturday, take on Viktoria Plzen in the other group match.
The German champions shot out of the blocks and would have taken an early lead were it not for Onana who denied Thomas Mueller twice as well as Kimmich.
But he was beaten by Sane’s first touch and clinical finish as Bayern took a deserved lead.
Cameroon international Onana, who replaced Samir Handanovic, came to the rescue once more in the 37th minute, punching an Alphonso Davies shot wide before Marcel Sabitzer’s rebound whizzed just past the post.
The hosts recovered after the break and both Edin Dzeko and D’Ambrosio had chances but Bayern’s win never looked in doubt after they added another through D’Ambrosio’s own goal.
Inter’s frustration was complete when Joaquin Correa benefited from a Bayern mistake but his shot, with only Neuer to beat, narrowly missed the target seven minutes from time.
“We knew it was a difficult match, they are one of the three or four candidates for the title,” Inter’s D’Ambrosio said. “But we tried to put them in trouble by creating opportunities. Then if you give Bayern half a chance, they punish you.”