Bayern Munich Ambushed in Porto
That Teutonic Kraftpaket, Bayern Munich, never saw it coming, and neither did anyone else.
They were humiliated by the underdogs from Porto as the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final ended 3-1 at the Estádio do Dragão.
As always, FC Bayern were supposed to be prime contenders for Champions glory this season, but the pluckly little Portuguese club simply disagreed. Too many injured first-liners didn't help the Germans -- and manager Pep Guardiola made a meal of that situation -- but it was their defensive errors that cost them the match.
How leaky were they? Put it this way: even Manchester United’s defense seems after this performance.
The humiliation started early when Porto was awarded a penalty in the second minute:
Looks like Germans love using their feet as harvest sickles. Porto shoulda subbed in BB8:
Here's a better look at the little guy:
To hell with Hollywood! He's the future of football!
But back to the pitch. Bayern had no worries after Jackson Martínez was chopped down. After all, they had a Ballon d’Or nominee between the sticks.
Alrighty, then. So how did that happen? Maybe dude's losing his touch and/or his motivating anger.
But that wasn't all. Yet another mistake from Bayern, and Porto were up, 2-0:
It just wasn't Bayern’s day.
They didn't go meekly, though. They replied with a quality wide play:
A valuable away goal for Bayern. At least one defender is doing things right.
The third strike for Porto was a given, really. The defender just lost the track of his head. Literally.
Could it be Guardiola's tactics are becoming too predictable?
Porto's got their head start, but they surely know Bayern will be sharpening their swords for the return leg. Even with this 3-1 win, Porto are still the underdogs.