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Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 09:36

Gotze gifts Bayern second consecutive win in China tour

By Xinhua

SHANGHAI, July 21 - Mario Gotze's only goal in the second half helped Bayern Munich claim their second straight victory as the German powerhouse beat Italian giants Inter Milan 1-0 here on Tuesday.

Gotze gifts Bayern second consecutive win in China tour
Bayern Munich's midfielder Mario Goetze vies for the ball during a friendly football match between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Shanghai on July 21, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)
Gotze gifts Bayern second consecutive win in China tour
Bayern Munich's defender Philipp Lahm (C) and teammates celebrates with a trophy after a friendly football match between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Shanghai on July 21, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)

Compared with the first match against Valencia, Bayern's manager Josep Guardiola made some changes as Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski came back to starters.

Inter almost took the lead just two minutes into the game, as Brazilian midfielder Anderson Hernanes's powerful shot in the box was denied by Neuer.

Gotze gifts Bayern second consecutive win in China tour
Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng at left fights for the ball with Inter Milan's Geoffrey Kondogbia at right during the friendly soccer match of the Audi Football Summit in Shanghai, China on July 21, 2015. (Color China Photo via AP)

Bayern's captain Philipp Lahm missed a golden opportunity in the 32nd minute. His shot went past Inter's goalkeeper Samir Handanovic but was blocked by newcomer Jeison Murillo.

Both sides made frequent changes after the break. The game culminated as the substitute Gotze rounded Inter's goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo from Sebastian Rode's pass and sent the ball into the empty net.

Bayern's last game of this series is scheduled on July 23 against the Chinese Super League defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande.

Gotze gifts Bayern second consecutive win in China tour
Chinese fans of Bayern Munich cheer for the team during the friendly soccer match against Inter Milan at the Audi Football Summit in Shanghai, China on July 21, 2015. Bayern Munich defeated Inter Milan 1-0. (Color China Photo via AP)
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