Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Thomas Muller apologises to Nicolas Tagliafico for kick to the head

Thomas Muller apologises to Nicolas Tagliafico for kick to the head

Bayern were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute after Thomas Muller was shown a red card for a high boot, his departure coming just eight minutes after Maximilian Wober's dismissal left Ajax a man down.

And Tagliafico replied to Muller's tweet, saying he was fine.

Muller's dismissal was the catalyst for a thrilling conclusion to the contest, as Dusan Tadic, Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Tagliafico all found the net from the 82nd minute onwards.

The 29-year-old German worldwide went in with a high-footed challenge on the Ajax star, with the referee showing no hesitation to send him marching down the tunnel.

Lewandowski put five-time European champion Bayern ahead in the 13th minute and restored its lead with an 87th-minute penalty after Tadic had scored twice to put Ajax in front.

The pair of red cards followed before Tadic struck a second from the penalty spot to put Ajax ahead with 10 minutes to play, but the drama was far from over as Lewandowski added his second - also from the spot - before Bayern's Kingsley Coman scored what his team thought was the victor in the 90th minute.

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Muller also later posted an apology on his Instagram page, alongside a picture of himself and Tagliafico. "That was a clear red card".

Muller will miss the first leg of Bayern's last-16 tie, which will be decided at the draw for the Champions League knockout stages in Nyon on Monday.

In the group's other match, Benfica beat AEK Athens 1-0.

Already-qualified Juventus slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland, but still topped Group H ahead of Manchester United, after they lost by the same scoreline at Valencia.

Though Ajax did respond with another equaliser, Coman's assured finish gave them a mountain to climb in terms of claiming top spot, the France worldwide needing little time to deliver a reminder of his quality after missing most of the season due to an ankle ligament injury.

Robben had recently said this season would be his last with Bayern Munich, bringing to an end a decade-long, trophy laden time with the German record champions.

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