Kane on target as Bayern hold on to win 4-3 thriller against Man United


Bayern Munich struck twice in four minutes in the first half to set them on their way to a 4-3 victory over an embattled Manchester United on Wednesday and make a winning start in Champions League Group A.

Bayern, unbeaten in their last 28 Champions League group stage home matches, looked in control despite some sloppy defending at times, and came out on top in a seven-goal bonanza with three of them coming in the final few minutes.

Goals from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry in the 28th and 32nd minutes put the hosts in the driving seat with injury-hit United, who have now lost their last three matches, scoring in the 49th through Rasmus Hojlund's deflected effort.

A Harry Kane penalty, awarded for a handball by Christian Eriksen, restored Bayern's two-goal cushion four minutes later before the game ended with a flurry of late goals with United's Casemiro scoring either side of a Mathys Tel stoppage time effort.

Bayern also hit the woodwork through Sane and Thomas Mueller.

"Tonight’s result was big for our confidence and development, but there are still things to work on," said Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel, who was not on the touchline as he sat out a suspension from last season.

"We’re posing a threat in every game, creating chances in every game, but we were very reserved in the opening exchanges and lucky not to fall behind. We're not 100% happy so far, but the reactions to adversity tonight were very good."

United, who lost 3-1 to both Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal in their previous two games, have conceded three goals or more in three consecutive matches for the first time since December 1978.

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