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Bayern Munich's defeat of Tottenham comes at a cost

Kingsley Coman picked up an injury, while Irish international Troy Parrott watched on from the bench for Spurs.

Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman picks up an injury.
Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman picks up an injury.
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BAYERN MUNICH BEAT Tottenham 3-1 in the Champions League tonight, though the victory was marred by an injury to attacker Kingsley Coman.

With Spurs and Bayern Munich having secured their place in the knockout stages already, tonight’s game at the Allianz Arena was a dead rubber.

The low-stakes nature of the match consequently gave Jose Mourinho the opportunity to play a number of Tottenham’s second-string players, while there was a place on the bench for 17-year-old Irish international Troy Parrott, who made his Premier League debut for Spurs at the weekend.

Goals from Coman, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho earned the hosts a deserved win, with Ryan Sessegnon scoring what proved a consolation for Spurs.

Coman was forced off with a suspected knee problem shortly after scoring the opener for Bayern.

The winger guided the Bundesliga side ahead in the 14th minute at Allianz Arena but had to make way prior to the half-hour mark following an awkward fall on the touchline.

As he chased down an errant pass, Coman’s right knee appeared to get stuck in the turf before becoming hyperextended as his weight transferred forward.

The 23-year-old France international, who has a history of ankle injuries, received treatment and looked to be exasperated by his misfortune. 

Bayern ran riot with a 7-2 thrashing of Spurs in north London when the clubs last met in October, but this was a far more subdued affair with both teams resting their star strikers.

As he had hinted Tuesday, Mourinho rested several stars with Lucas Moura taking the place of England striker Harry Kane.

Likewise, Flick left Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, the competition’s top-scorer with 10 goals in five games, on Bayern’s bench.

The hosts went ahead on 13 minutes when Serge Gnabry spotted Coman unmarked to sweep the ball in and score his first Bayern goal for nearly three months.

However, Spurs drew level on 20 minutes when winger Sessegnon fired home the visitors’ first clear chance to claim his first goal for the club since joining from Fulham.

Bayern then lost Coman, who was in clear distress after twisting his knee and had to be helped off.

Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko squandered a great chance when he got in behind the defence, but overhit his cross with Sessegnon unmarked on the far side.

Gnabry then hit the woodwork for Bayern and just before the break, left-back Alphonso Davies hit the post, but Mueller was on hand to tap home the rebound.

Coutinho then netted his first Champions League goal since joining Bayern on loan from Barcelona when he picked his spot in the far corner in the 64th minute.

Spurs’ most dangerous moment of the second half saw Christian Eriksen’s free-kick saved by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Additional reporting by AFP

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