Bay­ern stum­ble to shock Ros­tov de­feat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CHRIS­TIAN NOBOA’S su­perb free­kick earned Ros­tov a shock 3-2 Cham­pi­ons League win over Bay­ern Mu­nich in Rus­sia yes­ter­day, leav­ing Carlo Ancelotti’s side fac­ing a tough last-16 draw.

While Bay­ern were al­ready as­sured of qual­i­fy­ing for the knock­out stages the re­sult means Atletico Madrid can clinch top spot in Group D if they avoid de­feat to PSV Eind­hoven in Spain later.

Dou­glas Costa ri­fled Bay­ern ahead on 35 min­utes at the Olimp-2 sta­dium, but Ros­tov equalised through Sar­dar Az­moun on the stroke of halftime be­fore go­ing ahead cour­tesy of a Dmitri Poloz penalty.

Juan Ber­nat swiftly lev­elled for the Ger­mans, but Ecuador in­ter­na­tional Noboa fired com­pe­ti­tion debu­tants Ros­tov to a first group stage vic­tory with the win­ner on 67 min­utes.

“It’s a game we should win, Bay­ern should win here, re­gard­less of the cold weather and the con­di­tions,” skip­per Philipp Lahm told Sky.

“To speak of a cri­sis is too much, but we must quickly cor­rect our mis­takes.”

Bay­ern made the 2,100-kilo­me­tre trip east with­out goal­keeper Manuel Neuer, Ar­turo Vi­dal and Ar­jen Robben through in­jury, while cen­tre-back Hol­ger Bad­stu­ber started for the first time since Fe­bru­ary.

Alek­sandr Erokhin nearly headed the Rus­sian out­fit ahead af­ter he­si­tant de­fend­ing al­lowed him to nip in be­tween Bad­stu­ber and goal­keeper Sven Ul­re­ich only for Ber­nat to race back and clear off the line.

Re­nato Sanches, mak­ing his first Cham­pi­ons League start this term, tested Soslan Dzhanaev with a swerv­ing ef­fort from the edge of the area be­fore Costa fired just over from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion.

The pair were both in­volved as Bay­ern broke the dead­lock with Sanches burst­ing into the area down the left and Costa drilling home af­ter Ce­sar Navas’s weak clear­ance rolled invit­ingly into the Brazil­ian’s path.

But Ira­nian in­ter­na­tional Az­moun lev­elled for Ros­tov just be­fore the break af­ter turn­ing Jerome Boateng to coolly slot past Ul­re­ich.

And the hosts grabbed a sur­prise lead af­ter Boateng up­ended Noboa in­side the box, with Poloz con­fi­dently tuck­ing away the penalty for his third goal in five Euro­pean matches.

Bay­ern hit back im­me­di­ately as Franck Ribery slipped in Ber­nat, who lashed home from close range, but Ros­tov claimed a mem­o­rable win as Noboa’s strike left Ul­re­ich clutch­ing at thin air. – AFP

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