Sanches strikes as Bayern Munich crush PSG in ICC clash

Europe By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 21/07/2018

Renato Sanches scored a free-kick as Bayern Munich came from behind to crush Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the International Champions Cup at the Klagenfurt in Austria.

Both coaches of Niko Kovac and Thomas Tuchel in charge of their first game for a respective club as Timothy the son of George Weah opened the scoring for the Ligue 1 Champions in the 31st minutes of the encounter after a fine running on to a Kevin Rimane pass to finish well from inside the penalty area.

The Bavarian complete a fine comeback in the second part of the game with Javi Martinez nodding in Arjen Robben's corner to get his side level.

Portugal international Sanches then took advantage of suspect positioning from substitute goalkeeper Remy Descamps to curl in a free-kick and boost his chances of first-team action with Bundesliga holders, with teenager Joshua Zirkzee wrapping up the scoring to end the match.

PSG started on top despite Tuchel naming an inexperienced side, Adrien Rabiot's downward header forcing an early save from Sven Ulreich.

Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon makes a good diving save from a first-time shot from Oliver Batista-Meier on his debut with Ligue 1 outfit but the French side took the lead in the 31st minute, Weah racing through to slot home past Ulreich.

Bayern Munich almost equalised in the first minute after the restart, but Sandro Wagner's header struck the crossbar, then Nkunku missed a fine chance by firing wide from Rabiot's low cross.

Martinez heading in a right-wing Robben corner to level the scores with half an hour to play level up for Bundesliga giants but Swansea flop Sanches took the lead with a cute free-kick to caught out Descamps to make 2-1 in the 68 minutes.

And the points were sealed when substitute Serge Gnabry burst away to set up Zirkzee for Bayern's third, the 17-year-old recovering quickly after being struck in the head by team-mate Meritan Shabani minutes earlier.

PSG will have a chance to make amends against Arsenal in a week's time, while Bayern's next ICC game is against Serie A champions Juventus on Thursday.