Bayern Munich's cheeky free-kick routine for Thomas Muller's goal vs Red Star


Amongst all the Champions League drama this week, Bayern Munich passed through their opening fixture without incident.

While Red Star Belgrade were never going to be the hardest opponents to overcome, their victory over eventual winners Liverpool last season shows they certainly have an appetite for an upset.

However, Bayern had a swagger about them at the Allianz Arena and showed why they're one of the competition's dark-horses this season, if not a full-blown contender.

The opening goal of the game came virtue of Kingsley Coman, who headed home from Ivan Perisic's cross after 34 minutes.

It was a special occasion for Philippe Coutinho on his first start for the Bavarian's, too, and he almost scored an absolute belter from a half-volley before the break.

Bayern Munich 3-0 Red Star Belgrade

And after a second-half scare from the increasingly threatening Serbians, Bayern finally put the game to bed when Robert Lewandowski scrambled home his 200th goal for the club.

That wasn't the only piece of history on the night, though, as Thomas Muller was introduced after 83 minutes to become Bayern's record appearance-maker in the Champions League.

The German forward might not be the prolific goal-threat he was once was, but there was still time for him to mark the special occasion with his opening strike of the campaign.  


Cheeky free-kick routine

Not only that, but it was an incredibly memorable goal with Thiago Alcantara producing one of the cheekiest free-kick routines you'll see all season. 

Standing casually over the ball with Thomas Kimmich, the former Barcelona man noticed Muller lurking behind the wall and proceded to produce the deftest of chipped through-balls.

The Red Star wall watched helpless as the ball floated over their heads, fell to the oncoming Muller and nestled into the net for 3-0. Check out the full routine and goal down below:

We could watch that on a constant loop for hours and hours.

Sure, as free-kick routines go, this didn't necessarily look the most chaotic nor require the most training ground practice but it's the blasé nature that makes it so brilliant.

Alcantara proved in one of the most casually passes you'll see that a defensive wall can be made redundant in just a few seconds if an attacker times their run to perfection.

It's just a shame for any inspired Sunday League footballers out there that we can't all pass the ball on to a sixpence like the Bayern midfielder can. 


And sadly for us viewers, we suspect that opposition teams will now be looking out for the trick especially and will be on guard no matter how relaxed Alcantara is posing.

The German champions will return to Bundesliga action against FC Koln and Paderborn in the coming weeks, before returning to European duties with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

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