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Ruthless Bayern put six past hard-working Celtic

Bayern Munich 6

Evina 26, Gotze 31, Deas (OG) 45, Pudic 74, Wintzheimer 85, 90+3

Celtic 2

Johnston 61, Henderson 69
  • Wednesday, 18 October 2017
  • FC Bayern Campus
  • Under 19´s
  • UEFA Youth League

Celtic ultimately came up short against a ruthless Bayern Munich side in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday night.

Mikey Johnston impressed the Bayern fans who turned up to watch their youngsters with his directness and ability to reach the by-line consistently. However, Munich proved to have the all-round better quality in the final third.

Goals from Johnston and Ewan Henderson wasn’t enough to halt Bayern, with a Manuel Weintzheimer brace adding to goals from Frank Evina, Felix Gotze, Marin Pudic, and an own goal from Robbie Deas.

Celtic started confidently and looked threatening down the left-hand side. Henderson and Johnston were combining effectively, and a couple of cut-backs in the box failed to be controlled by Aitchison.

The bright start followed by some Munich pressure. The Bavarians looked threatening whenever Batista Meier or Meritan Shabani got on the ball. Some early openings for both Pudic and Shabani were easily gathered by Ryan Mullen.

The young Hoops weren’t afraid to play out from the back, showing a composure in defence when playing out that is symbolic of the way Brendan Rodgers has his senior side playing.

Yet Bayern showed their ruthless streak midway through the first-half, with Celtic not covering themselves in glory at the back.

Firstly, the powerful Evina picked the ball up on the right, cut inside, and saw his effort spin off the unfortunate Calvin Miller and into the far corner.

The lead was doubled when a deep free-kick from Shabani found Gotze, and despite having chances to clear their lines, the Hoops defence allowed Gotze time to slot it past Mullen.

Meier and Wintzheimer both came close with efforts in the box, but when it looked as though Celtic would finish the half strongly through Johnston’s directness – Bayern extended their lead.

A long diagonal ball to Meier was brilliantly controlled – taking it past Duffy with his first touch. He slid it past Mullen before the back-tracking Daes could only knock it into his own net when trying to clear.

  • Half Time:
  • Bayern Munich
  • 3-0
  • Celtic

The second half was a totally different affair from the first in the first half hour of it. The Hoops were dominant and really taking the game to Munich.

Henderson and Johnston set the tone as they showed a directness that had Bayern’s back-line looking desperate at times.

Johnston fired a free-kick off the top of the Munich wall, before Broque Watson just missed a glancing header that was aimed towards the back post.

Celtic were doing everything but score, but they were eventually rewarded. Watson darted past his man and sent in a cross that looked heavy. However, Johnston picked it up, cut inside several Bayern defenders, and slotted into the near post for 3-1.

Another goal arrived soon after when another sublime run from Johnston saw him take out three Munich defenders. He then slid in Henderson, who cut onto his right foot and slotted under Christian Fruchtl.

Henderson forced Fruchtl into a fine one-handed stop after a driving run that nearly saw his effort fly into the top right-hand corner.

Then, against the run of play, Bayern regained their two-goal advantage. Celtic panicked when a couple of crosses came into their area. As Bayern kept the pressure on, several Hoops defenders stopped to plead for hand-ball from Gotze. The ball fell to Pudic, who drilled home on the volley.

Bayern were settled after their fourth goal, and despite the occasional Celtic counter, the Germans were in control.

Weintzheimer had worked hard throughout the game, and he got a deserved couple of goals in the final five minutes – even if it was harsh on the hard-working Hoops.

He rose to power home a sensational bullet-header from Elias Kollmann’s cross, before smashing home a left-footed pile-driver from around 20 yards out after being shown onto his left foot.

The result leaves Celtic in third place, four points behind Bayern and PSG, but still three ahead of Anderlecht.

  • Full Time:
  • Bayern Munich
  • 6-2
  • Celtic

Lineups

Bayern Munich
Celtic
1. Christian Fruchtl
5. Felix Gotze
9. Manuel Wintzheimer
10. Meritan Shabani
11. Frank Evina
12. Thomas Rausch
14. Theo Rieg
16. Marin Pudic
21. Oliver-Batista Meier
22. Tobias Heiland
24. Daniel Jelisic
2. Elias Kollmann
6. Maximilian Zaiser
7. Jahn Herrmann
8. Justin Butler
18. Ron Hofmann
19. Philipp Herrmann
25. Angelo Stiller
1. Ryan Mullen
2. Wallace Duffy
3. Calvin Miller
4. Robbie Deas
5. Stephen Welsh
6. Kerr McInroy
7. Broque Watson
8. Regan Hendry
9. Jack Aitchison
10. Ewan Henderson
11. Michael Johnston
12. Lewis Bell
13. Joshua Bradley-Hurst
14. Grant Savoury
15. Scott Robinson
16. Thomas Caffrey
17. Ciaran Diver
18. Max Potter
Star Player
Bayern Munich
Celtic
Oliver-Batista Meier - The left-winger gave young Wallace Duffy a torrid time and showed an array of terrific touches. His goal was fully deserved and he played a hand in a couple more.
Michael Johnston - Johnston has already featured in the senior-side, and it's clear why he's rated so highly. He scored and then assisted Henderson, but he ran the show and was the best man on the pitch. His skill to weave past any Munich defender that approached him was a joy to watch, and surely gave Brendan Rodgers encouragement.
Magic Moment
Bayern Munich
Celtic
Wintzheimer's first goal was a thing of beauty. Kollmann played a perfectly-placed high cross into the box. The striker leaped magnificently and bulleted his header into the top corner - leaving Mullen with no chance.
Johnston's play in general was magical. However, the second goal was beautiful football. He weaved past a host of Munich defenders before playing an inch-perfect pass to Henderson. Henderson then showed great composure to turn his man and slot under Fruchtl.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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