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Pre-Season Friendly: Bayern Munich 2 Manchester City 1

1 August 2013 22:34

Bayern Munich came from a goal behind to conclude their pre-season preparations with a victory over Manchester City.

Goals from Thomas Mueller and Mario Mandzukic sealed the win, and the Audi Cup, for the German side after Alvaro Negredo had given the visitors the lead in the second half.

The hosts dominated large parts of possession throughout the match and deservedly ran out victors, despite an improved showing from Manuel Pellegrini's side after a tepid opening 45 minutes.

Bayern started with a strong starting XI that included nine of the side that won last season's UEFA Champions League final, with new signing Thiago Alcantara also named by Pep Guardiola.

Pellegrini gave new signings Stevan Jovetic and Negredo a chance to impress up front, with fellow new arrival Fernandinho partnering Gareth Barry in the centre of midfield.

Franck Ribery had the first sight of goal following a neat through ball from Arjen Robben but Costal Pantilimon saved well in the City goal, while Philipp Lahm saw a long range effort sail well over the crossbar.

Manuel Neuer was rarely tested in the first half however he was called into action within the opening minutes of the second, the Germany international saving well from a poor Samir Nasri strike.

Having missed an earlier chance Negredo made no mistake just after the hour as he finished emphatically to give the visitors the lead.

After a Bayern attack broke down City launched a counter attack with Nasri, the France international played a through ball for Negredo, he outpaced Dante and held off the challenge from Javier Martinez before slotting the ball into the net off the post.

Guardiola's side were given a way back into the game four minutes later after Zabaleta handled a Xherdan Shaqiri cross, the Argentine knew very little about it but that mattered little to Mueller who stroked the ball home.

The hosts moved ahead in the 73rd minute through substitute Mandzukic, the Croat meeting a perfect cross from Mueller to head past Pantilimon from close range.

Bayern's win means they finish pre-season unbeaten and now get ready for the start of their Bundesliga defence against Borussia Monchengladbach on August 9.

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Competition
Club Friendlies
Date
1 August 2013
Kick-off
20:30
Full-time
2 - 1

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