"I think we deserved to win and we did not give a chance to the opponent," said coach Niko Kovac after a 2-0 win against Athens AEK. However, he again recorded the "lack of ease" of his players. "We have to work very hard", he admitted. Both goals came after sleeping balls and not with combined football. Moreover, Kovac's statement "we could have scored two or three more goals" demonstrates the final deficit of his team. Because of the lack of playful release against the bottom of the group for Kovac it is clear: "Against Dortmund, we must surely increase even more". Goalkeeper Lewandowski, however, said that "such a victory for self-confidence is very important".
Only a playful and precious scene of half an hour
After two minutes in the penalty area of the opponent Thomas Müller defeats his passage on Franck Ribéry. Athens (6 & # 39;) had the first chance to play, while Vasilis Lampropoulos scored right next to an opponent, who missed the left post for a while. Joshua Kimmich has flanked clean on Goretzka, this was the first option in Monaco (6). Goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas scored the ball under the crossbar. Müller moved from the outside in the middle, but there (15th) he found, since so often in this game no teammate had escaped. Instead, the AEK goalkeeper took the cross. But not only in the penalty area, but partly already in the middle line, three Athenians expected for each ball that led to Monaco.
The questionable penalty leads to 1: 0
He had to get a penalty after Bayern had not taken much out of the game. Lewandowski was rewarded when Uros Cosic (30th) pulled him into the penalty area and the attacker went down. He scored 1-0. Lewandowski on Müller (37.), after this combination played out Cosic threw himself into the final attempt. Otherwise, however, often all the players on the field in half of the Greeks found each other.
2: 0 after crossing the ball at an angle
Furthermore, the ball turned back and forth with the side of the house. A cross from Kimmich on Goretzka (55.) on the penalty spot was only the third goal of this match for Monaco, but also thwarted. After an hour, the hosts showed another passage from Martinez to Lewandowski, who found his master in Vasilios Barkas. At the 70th minute he caused a stretch on Lewandowski and hit him in the corner of the goal for 2-0. The applause only collected the double marker, as he was allowed to get off the bench just before the final whistle. After the hard-won victory and a 1-1 of the group rivals Benfica Lisbon and Ajax Amsterdam, Monaco but the only ranking of their group.