Sandro Wagner on target as Bayern Munich ease past Al Ahli in Doha
Al Ahli 0-6 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Wagner (38’), 0-2 Tolisso (53’), 0-3 Robben (57’), 0-4 Coman (67’), 0-5 Dorsch (73’), 0-6 Süle (88’)
The Bundesliga leaders struggled to break down the Qatari outfit in the opening 30 minutes, but Wagner, making his first appearance for the Bavarians since rejoining the club from Hoffenheim, eventually broke the hosts’ resistance with a trademark close-range header into the bottom corner.
Corentin Tolisso, the only Bayern player not to be replaced at the interval, doubled the visitors’ lead with another header shortly after the restart, before half-time substitute Arjen Robben drilled home a peach of a volley from Arturo Vidal’s corner. Kingsley Coman grabbed Bayern’s fourth mid-way through the second half, with Niklas Dorsch and Niklas Süle adding further gloss to the scoreline late on.
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Al Ahli: Naim – Alabbasi (Al Kaabi 81’), Sharif (Mohammad 46’), Benson (Omar 46’), Kim, Brwan – Usman, Ahmed Qadry (Abdulla 46’), Al Yazidi, Chikhaoui (Afifa 46’) – Fareed
Bayern: Ulreich (Starke 46’) – Götze (Rafinha 46′), Friedl (Süle 46’), Boateng (Javi Martinez 46’), Alaba (Bernat 46’) – Tolisso, Rudy (Dorsch 46’), James (Vidal 46’) – Müller (Robben 46’), Wagner (Coman 46’), Ribery (Mai 46’)
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Thiago (thigh)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
- Robert Lewandowski is the top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.
- Bayern have won nine of their 10 Bundesliga games since Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as coach in October.
- An academy graduate, Wagner played four Bundesliga matches for Bayern in 2007/08 before leaving for Duisburg.
- James has two goals and three assists in all competitions for Bayern this term.
- The distance between Munich and Doha is 2,671 miles.
- Former Bayern boss Guardiola played for Al Ahli from 2003 to 2005, two years before embarking on his top-flight coaching career.
As it happened