Jérôme Boateng struck his first ever UEFA Champions League goal in the 90th minute to give FC Bayern München victory in their opening Group E match against Manchester City FC.
The two clubs resumed their rivalry having met in two of the past three UEFA Champions League group stages and Bayern kept their noses in front in the overall head-to-head record as Boateng struck in the final minute to give the Bundesliga champions what was ultimately a deserved victory.
The Bavarian side almost got off to the best of starts when Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski combined to put Thomas Müller through within 50 seconds of the kick-off. To the incredulity of the home crowd, the Germany forward could only find the side-netting after rounding Joe Hart.
Bayern looked sharp but City, coordinated by assistant coach Rubén Cousillas owing to Manuel Pellegrini’s touchline ban, slowly found their feet. Indeed, the visitors almost took a lead when Manuel Neuer was forced to claw out Edin Džeko’s near-post strike.
It was the home side in the ascendancy, though, and but for Hart they may have been well clear by the interval. The England No1 did brilliantly to react to Müller’s powerful header, before blocking another effort from Götze and then keeping out a fierce shot from the impressive David Alaba.
At the other end Džeko curled narrowly wide, but the City threat was sporadic as Bayern continued to press. Lewandowski had an identical chance to Müller’s in the first minute, but again fired into the side-netting from a slightly narrower angle.
The intensity of Bayern’s play dropped in the second period and the error count increased. Hart was again called into action to keep out Götze after a delightful flick from fellow FIFA World Cup winner Müller, but City were now on a par and could easily have stolen a march when David Silva headed Jésus Navas’ cross past the post.
The English title holders brought on Sergio Agüero and Bayern soon responded with the introduction of Arjen Robben in the hope of tipping the scales in the latter stages. The winner, however, came from an unlikely source as Boateng, having been denied by Hart moments earlier, fired into the far corner via a deflection to earn Bayern all three points.