Bayern Munich vs. Sao Paolo: 5 Things We Learned

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Bayern Munich vs. Sao Paolo: 5 Things We Learned
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Bayern Munich kicked off their Audi Cup run of games on Wednesday night with an impressive 2-0 win over Brazilian side Sao Paulo at the Allianz Arena. 

Fresh from a disappointing defeat to domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFL Supercup last week, Pep Guardiola's squad knuckled down and made a professional job of a hardworking and stubborn Sao Paulo side. 

The Brazilians were able to hold off until half time but early in to the second half, a floated cross from Arjen Robben arrived from the right wing towards an isolated Mario Mandzukic at the back post, who calmly slotted the ball home for the opening goal.

Bayern continued their dominant pressure throughout the second half, and the second goal game not long from full time when an audacious Xheridan Shaqiri shot from outside the box curled off Sao Paulo's right hand post and landed right in the path of young substitute Mitchell Weiser, who casually knocked the ball in from a few feet out.

Sao Paulo had a late chance to regain some credit when referee Deniz Aytekin awarded the Brazilian club a penalty after Jerome Boateng pushed Silvinho over while chasing a crossed ball in the 87th minute. Yet goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, the club's irregular set-piece taker, was unable to convert the opportunity when Manuel Neuer pushed the poor attempt on to the post to keep a clean sheet for the evening. 

A comfortable 2-0 victory for the Bavarian champions. 

 

Now click on 'Begin Slideshow' to see what five things we learned from the game. 

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