Bayern Munich overcame a goal deficit to defeat FC Copenhagen of Denmark 2-1 in their Champions League Group A match on Tuesday at the Parken Stadium.
Thanks to the contribution of substitute Thomas Mueller, who set up the game-winning goal for fellow substitute Mathys Tel.
The 34-year-old Mueller entered the game in the 77th minute as his team was struggling to create against the reigning Danish champions.
He used his enormous experience to first outpace the defence and then outmuscle it before setting up Tel to score the game-winning goal.
Due to Copenhagen’s tight defence neutralising the threat posed by the pace of Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane on the Munich flanks, Bayern did not able to generate a shot on goal until late in the first half.
As a result, Bayern was unable to stop Viktor Claesson’s shocking goal for the home team in the 56th minute. Midfielder Lukas Lerager then gave the Danish champions the lead with a deftly bouncing drive.
In the 67th minute, Bayern responded as Jamal Musiala dribbled left and right on the edge of the area before firing a low shot past Kamil Grabara’s dive.
Mueller, who was playing in his 144th Champions League game, wasted no time getting involved. He crossed for Leon Goretzka, whose header missed the goal.
Undaunted, Mueller launched a lung-busting sprint to intercept Harry Kane’s flick-on, and he resolutely defended his position before passing to Tel, who scored the game-winning goal two minutes later.
Jordan Larsson, a replacement for Copenhagen, nearly gave his team a point in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Eric Choupo-Moting guided his header goalward. However, Sven Ulreich made an incredible diving save to preserve the lead.
Bayern now leads the group with six points, two more than Galatasaray, which defeated Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford to drop United to the bottom.
When Bayern extended their Champions League group stage unbeaten streak to 18 games, captain Joshua Kimmich praised both the depth of their team and their goalie.