Bayern ease past 10-man Anderlecht
Bayern Munich took advantage of an early red card for Anderlecht to cruise to a 3-0 win in their UEFA Champions League opener at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. Bayern Munich 3 Anderlecht 0 Kums sent off for fouling Lewandowski Bayern lead through Pole's penalty Thiago extends their advantage Kimmich seals win at the death
The Belgian champions had the backs to the wall early on when Sven Kums was red-carded for a foul on Robert Lewandowski inside the area, and the Polish striker slotted home the resulting penalty.
Carlo Ancelotti's side had to wait until the second half to double their lead as Thiago converted Joshua Kimmich's cross, before the German youngster managed to get on the scoresheet himself in the final minute.
Bayern were looking for a response after suffering their first defeat of the domestic campaign on Saturday against Hoffenheim, and they threatened to break the deadlock in the opening stages when James Rodriguez headed straight at Matz Sels from Franck Ribery's cross.
But they were celebrating the opener on 11 minutes when Lewandowski slotted home from 12 yards out, having earned the hosts a penalty when he was brought down by Kums, who was shown a straight red card.
The Bavarians struggled to make the extra man count for the remainder of the first half, though, and Lewandowski went closest to doubling their lead on the quarter-hour mark with a header from close range that missed the target.
RSCA almost made them pay four minutes before half-time as Leander Dendoncker got free in the final third and teed up Nicolae Stanciu, who sliced a shot wide after losing his footing.
The visitors were unfortunate not to draw level on 49 minutes when Sofiane Hanni picked out Alexandru Chipciu with a cutback pass, but his effort struck the left post.
The scare pressed the hosts into action and they responded with a second goal on 65 minutes, with Kimmich sending in a low cross for Thiago to tuck home.
Niklas Sule had the ball in the back of the net again for Bayern two minutes later, but his header was chalked off for a foul in the build-up.
Lewandowski forced Sels into a save with his shot from an acute angle on the right in the 86th minute, but Kimmich finally sealed the win at the death as he latched onto Jerome Boateng's through-ball and rounded the keeper to slot into an open net.