Sanches scores and receives standing ovation on Bayern return

Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches marked his first Bayern Munich appearance since a disastrous loan spell at Swansea with a Champions League goal at former side Benfica.

He started a move in his own half and finished it off when he converted James Rodriguez’s cross from close range.

Sanches received a standing ovation from the home fans following the goal.

The 21-year-old Portugal midfielder only played 15 times for the Swans – and none after 27 January – as they were relegated from the Premier League.

  • Ronaldo in tears after Champions League red card[1]
  • Bale scores as Real Madrid brush off Roma[2]

Sanches’ strike was actually his first club goal since leaving Benfica for Bayern Munich in 2016 – the summer he won the European Championship with Portugal.

His loan spell at Swansea was lacklustre even before the hamstring injury he suffered in an FA Cup tie with Notts County – which was his most recent club game.

Then Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal said in May that Sanches had a “very bad season” and suggested he should look to rejoin Benfica.[3]

Robert Lewandowski had scored the opener for Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz.

  • Line-ups[4]
  • Match Stats[5]
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Line-ups

Benfica

  • 99Vlachodimos
  • 34Magalhães de Almeida
  • 6Rúben Dias
  • 33Nivaldo VieiraBooked at 39mins
  • 3Grimaldo
  • 83Carvalho FernandesSubstituted forZivkovicat 76'minutes
  • 5FejsaBooked at 22mins
  • 21Afonso FernandesSubstituted forFerreira Silvaat 62'minutes
  • 18SalvioSubstituted forAppelt Piresat 62'minutes
  • 14Seferovic
  • 11Cervi

Substitutes

  • 1Svilar
  • 2Conti
  • 8Appelt Pires
  • 16Semedo
  • 17Zivkovic
  • 27Ferreira Silva
  • 30Castillo

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 32KimmichBooked at 18mins
  • 17Boateng
  • 5HummelsBooked at 52mins
  • 27Alaba
  • 35Renato Sanches
  • 8Martínez AguinagaSubstituted forMüllerat 88'minutes
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forGoretzkaat 79'minutes
  • 10Robben
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 7RibérySubstituted forGnabryat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wagner
  • 4Süle
  • 18Goretzka
  • 22Gnabry
  • 25Müller
  • 26Ulreich
  • 28Will
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
60,274

Match Stats

Home TeamBenficaAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Benfica 0, FC Bayern München 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Benfica 0, FC Bayern München 2.

Attempt missed. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Renato Sanches (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Franco Cervi (Benfica).

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Serge Gnabry.

Attempt blocked. Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Jérôme Boateng.

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Pires (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alejandro Grimaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Thomas Müller replaces Javi Martínez.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Pires (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Rafa (Benfica) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Haris Seferovic with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rafa.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel Pires (Benfica).

Offside, FC Bayern München. Robert Lewandowski tries a through ball, but Serge Gnabry is caught offside.

Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Haris Seferovic (Benfica).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Leon Goretzka replaces James Rodríguez.

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rúben Dias (Benfica).

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Andrija Zivkovic replaces Gedson Fernandes.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Pires (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Gedson Fernandes (Benfica) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Franco Cervi.

Offside, FC Bayern München. David Alaba tries a through ball, but Serge Gnabry is caught offside.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Jardel.

Attempt missed. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

Rafa (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, FC Bayern München. David Alaba tries a through ball, but Serge Gnabry is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Serge Gnabry replaces Franck Ribéry.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Rafa replaces Pizzi.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Gabriel Pires replaces Eduardo Salvio.

James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gedson Fernandes (Benfica).

Attempt saved. Jardel (Benfica) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pizzi with a cross.

goal

References

  1. ^ Ronaldo in tears after Champions League red card (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Bale scores as Real Madrid brush off Roma (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ look to rejoin Benfica. (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  6. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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