In an entertaining and highly competitive encounter, MLS All-Stars defeated reigning Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich 2-1.
The highly-anticipated game lived up to expectations. Robert Lewandowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored unbelievable goals, Landon Donovan made history with his game-winning goal and was named MVP and Thierry Henry played what was most likely his final All-Star game.
The first meaningful chance of the game fell to Bayern’s biggest summer acquisition, Lewandowski. A long ball over the top found the Polish striker and he lost his defender by lofting the ball over him. He fired a low driven shot at goal, forcing Nick Rimando to make a hug save.
A minute after his first clean look at goal, Lewandowski scored the game’s first goal. Another sublime first touch set him up to volley a swerving shot past the helpless goalkeeper.
Bayern’s superiority was on display early in the first half as they dominated the middle of the park. Xherdan Shaqiri’s quick turns and change of pace made Michael Bradley and Tim Cahill look like rookies.
At the half hour mark, Henry cheated into the middle and he made his presence felt with a delightful long ball to Dempsey. The American captain let the ball bounce and fired a shot to the near post, but the goalkeeper was up to the challenge.
On the other end, Rimando stuck an arm out to prevent Pierre Hojbjerg’s shot from creeping into his near post.
Two minutes later Rimando had to make another big save. The Real Salt Lake shot stopper stuck out an arm to stop Shaqiri’s close range effort from going in.
Late in the first half, Henry almost scored a sublime goal. The French legend picked up a loose ball, juggled it twice and unleashed a volley that took a deflection and slightly missed its target.
On the stroke of halftime, Rimando made two huge saves. He came off his line quickly to stop Julian Green’s close range effort, and moments later, he parried Shaqiri’s long range effort away from danger.
In the second half, Caleb Porter brought on 10 new players, leaving Henry out on the pitch. Two minutes into the half, Henry’s number came up on the fourth official’s board, and the fans gave the Arsenal and New York Red Bulls legend a standing ovation as he strolled off the pitch.
In the 51st minute, Providence Park erupted as Wright-Phillips scored a screamer. Erick “Cubo” Torres flicked the ball into the Golden Boot leader’s path and he made no mistake. BWP’s fantastic first touch set him up for a magical long range volley.
Donovan became the All-Star game’s all-time leading scorer in the 70th minute. The former Bayern Munich attacker received a superb long pass from Diego Valeri, struggled to bring it down, but eventually poked it past an onrushing Manuel Neuer.
Immediately after his goal, Donovan was replaced by Dom Dwyer.
Bill Hamid had to make a huge save in the 78th minute. Shaqiri engineered a fantastic counter-attack and he picked out Juan Bernat at the far post. The Spanish left back’s shot was heading into the lower corner until DC United’s homegrown player intervened.
World Cup superstars Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller combined inside the box to create a clean look for the latter. However, Muller fired his shot straight at Hamid.
Bayern had to play the final minutes of the game with 10-men due to an injury to Bastian Schweinsteiger.
At the end of the game, Bayern’s head coach Pep Guardiola was unhappy with the MLS All-Stars, the referee and Porter. The Spanish coach waved off Porter as he attempted to shake his hand.
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