square one – at least in the Champions League, FC Bayern has secured pre-Christmas Position in the ranking, which corresponds to the self-understanding of the German record master. With a crazy 3:3 in the final preliminary round game at Ajax Amsterdam, the Munich secured as group winners the advantage in the draw for the quarter-finals on Monday, Teams such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain or Manchester City out of the way.

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Christian Eichler

sports correspondent in Munich.

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This is a fifty percent Chance one of the three other English representatives, FC Liverpool, Tottenham or Manchester United to get as an opponent in the first knockout round, however – or even with the Los Atlético Madrid, on Tuesday from Borussia Dortmund obsolete, to the unfortunate of the Finals in 2017 to Miss are against the bulky Spaniard remembered.

Robert Lewandowski had put Bayern in the lead (13. Minute) before Ajax by Dusan Tadic (61./82., To apply foul penalty), the game seemed. But the favourite struck back late through Lewandowski second goal (87., Foul penalty), and the substitute Kingsley Coman (90.), marriage Ajax came in the seven-minute stoppage time through an own goal from Niklas Süle is still to balance. Both Teams ended the game with ten men after Red cards for Maximilian Wöber and Thomas Müller.

The Bavarians are experienced in the sold-out Johan-Cruyff-Arena in Amsterdam, the unusual Situation, to have to do it against the “young guns” of Ajax with an opponent that wants to dominate the Ball and the game itself. You made out of it, at least in the first half, with only 41 percent possession of the ball, the Best and took advantage of the spaces that you opened the offensive spirit, and the courageous Pressing the low countries to win the ball, to numerous dangerous pace attacks.

So Serge Gnabry came in the 12. To draw Minute already his third and, until then, the most dangerous statements, the goalkeeper Onana over the bar. The corner seemed to have been repelled, but found Gnabry in the rear space enough time for Lewandowski to play, and this scored from a half right Position with a precise shot into the short corner of the guide. It was the seventh hit of the poles in this season of the Champions League, in which he took the lead in the scorer list, Lionel Messi. A second goal Keeper André Onana, stopped after 27 minutes against the from a short distance the final Lewandowski prevented.

Bayern, chilled coach Niko Kovac in the same occupation seven years previously in the Wins against Bremen and Nürnberg, were long stretches of the game under far more pressure than against their last opponents in the League, held him with a strong graduation and the two fight. As with the 1:1 in Munich in October, as Ajax had surprised Bayern with their young class, and often copied, lacked the Team of Erik ten Hage, from 2013 to 2015, the coach of the B-team of Bayern, mostly the peace, and Cleverness in the financial statements.