In one of the most highly anticipated games of the 2013 UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich traveled to play Manchester City. The German club took down the British squad at 3-1, but that wasn't the only beating of the day.
Bayern Munich defenseman Jerome Boateng was given a red card for an ill-timed attempt on Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
Toure was on the break when Boateng took him down in a last-ditch effort to prevent a goal from being scored. Alvaro Negredo had just netted a goal in the 79th minute, so Toure was in position to potentially create a one-goal deficit mere minutes later.
Because Boateng's foul was committed in the 86th minute, it minimized the damage that the foul had on Bayern Munich's chances of victory. Der FCB had a 3-1 lead at the time, and with just four minutes until injury time, the odds of a Manchester City comeback were slim thereafter.
It wasn't the most sportsmanlike course of action, but it did save an opposing goal for a team that was prepared to allow two in a matter of seven minutes. It would've been legendary for Manchester City to score another, but the fact remains that Boateng's poor tackle saved his club from Toure's world-class striking.
Unfortunately, it also costs Bayern Munich in the long-haul.
Bayern Munich's next Champions League game comes against Viktoria Plzen of Czech Republic, who are off to an 0-2 start in group play. Due to his straight red, Boateng will receive a one-game ban from the upcoming clash, and his absence will run the squad's defensive rotation rather thin.
In the short term, though, Boateng's action that resulted in the red card helped to secure Bayern Munich's place atop Group D after two games of action.
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