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Rostov 3-2 victory over Bayern will make Ancelotti life difficult at Bayern helm

Expect the unexpected, we have heard a lot, but expecting a result like this is definitely not something we could imagine. But, it’s true, Russian newcomer Rostov has outplayed five time European champion Bayern Munich. Rostov made quite a statement defeating four time running Bundesliga champion at home, Stadion Olimp 2. Douglas Costa do open the scoring of the night for visitors, but hosts were more versed with the challenges in Russia, playing in a difficult weather condition, and they make the most of their home conditions. Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun opened the scoring for Rostov to make it 1-1 before the half-time, and in second-half, goals from Dimitry Poloz and wonderful free-kick from Christian Noboa earned victory for Russian side, and Bayern only get in the consolation Juan Bernat goal.

It seems Der Klassiker defeat was still in mind of the Bavarians, and they look exhausted. Although, Douglas Costa was the most lively man for Bayern in the first-half, as he scored the opening goal.  He pounced on a poor clearance and gave Bayern lead, but he was also the one who made Bayern concede with his poor back pass. Azmoun capitalized on Costa loose ball, and made a brilliant effort to equalize for Rostov.

In second-half game started in favour of Rostov, Dimitry Poloz converted from the penalty spot as Jerome Boateng conceded the penalty. On the other hand, Juan Bernat made a quick reply hammering into the net with his left-footed short, after grabbing a clever ball from Frank Ribery. It was the time when it felt Bayern & Rostov are following the suit of last night game between Dortmund and Legia Warsaw. But, Christian Noboa curling effort from the free-kick in 66th minute sealed the deal for Rostov, and with some quality defending Rostov kept Bayern striking force away from goal.

It was a shocking defeat for the German champions, and club manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is under constant pressure to deliver may soon be an outgoing manager in such a short span of time. A man of his reputation doesn’t deserve so, but three time champions league winner manager seems to short of idea right now. On weekend Bayern loses against their bitter rival Borussia Dortmund, and handed newly promoted RB Leipzig three points lead at top of Bundesliga. And, this defeat against Rostov is certainly not going to help with his situation at the Bavarians helm.

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