BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty but a deflected effort from Kingsley Coman helped Bayern Munich eke out a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Bayern stretched its winning run in the league to five games, while Hertha remained in relegation trouble with just one point from its last six games.
New signings Sami Khedira and Nemanja Radonjić went on in the second half to make their Hertha debuts, but the home side was left to rue a late missed chance from Matheus Cunha when he had only Manuel Neuer to beat. The Brazilian’s chip over the Bayern goalkeeper drifted to the right of the unguarded net and wide.
Hertha toiled and made life difficult for the eight-time defending champions amid heavy snowfall.
Serbian winger Radonjić came on in the 63rd and promptly wasted a good chance. He was foiled by Neuer late on but made a good impression on his debut.
Khedira came on in the 81st to make his Bundesliga comeback after 10 ½ seasons away with Real Madrid and Juventus. The former Germany midfielder’s only notable contribution was a booking for arguing with a linesman.
“I know that I need training sessions, that I need playing time and that I won’t come here and play 90 minutes from the start. The coach decides,” Khedira said. He hadn’t played at all since last June.
“It’s a nice feeling to be needed again,”he said.
Kickoff was brought forward by half an hour to facilitate Bayern’s departure for Qatar, where it has a Club World Cup semifinal against Egyptian champion Al Ahly on Monday.
“We wanted to go to Qatar with a victory,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said. “Now it’ll be a nice flight.”