Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Audi cup: Bayern Munich 2 - Sao Paulo 0.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Audi cup: Bayern Munich 2 - Sao Paulo 0.

Bayern Munich booked their place in the Audi Cup final with a comfortable victory over Sao Paulo on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola picked a strong side for the clash, with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm and Arjen Robben all named in the starting XI.

But it was the Brazilian side who started the brighter, and Aloiso went close early on, when he unleashed a fierce low drive from just outside the box, but Manuel Neuer reacted quickly to save.

Despite Sao Paulo’s fine start, Bayern controlled the majority of the first period and Rogerio Ceni had to be at his very best to deny the Bavarians, with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both stinging th stopper’s palms.
Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic was introduced at half-time as Bayern pressed for an opener and he opened the scoring in the 54th minute with a simple tap-in after a fine cross from Robben.
And the German giants doubled their lead in the 87th minute, when Mitchell Weiser converted from close-range after Xherdan Shaqiri’s initial effort cannoned back off the woodwork.
Sao Paulo then had a fine chance to set up a grandstand finish 60 seconds later when Jerome Boateng gave away a penalty, but Ceni’s spot-kick hit the post.
Bayern will now face Manchester City in the final, after Manuel Pellegrini’s men beat AC Milan 5-3 earlier in the day.

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