Jerome Boateng scored a dramatic late winner as Bayern Munich begun the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart frustrated the Bundesliga champions for long periods of the Group E opener at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, as Bayern looked set to start their quest to regain the Champions League with a draw.
Thomas Muller ought to have put the Bavarian giants in front inside a minute when he rounded Hart before firing wide, and he appeared set to rue that glaring miss as City rode their luck.
Manuel Pellegrini could only watch on from the stands, with his assistant Ruben Cousillas taking charge on the sidelines, as the Chilean served a touchline ban carried over from last season and must have had his head in his hands as former City defender Boateng’s half-volley deflected past Hart at the death.
The Premier League champions produced a stirring fightback to win at Bayern last season, but were left heartbroken this time around.
Mehdi Benatia was handed his Bayern debut, while fellow defender Rafinha made his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle injury.
Bayern Munich 1 – 0 Manchester City
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