Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola angry after loss
Munich: Angry Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola did not shake hands with his opposite number after his star-studded side lost to the MLS All-Star team in a fierce friendly in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.
The Spaniard gave Caleb Porter a one-fingered wave-off, apparently angry at some of the tackles by the MLS players as the German champions were beaten 2-1.
Guardiola offered the refereeing panel a token handshake and quickly disappeared into the tunnel.
The acrimonious ending overshadowed a brilliant first half goal by Polish striker Robert Lewandowski that gave Bayern the lead.
Lewandowski, who moved to the Bundesliga champions from Borussia Dortmond in the close season, struck a piledriver from just outside the box into the roof of the net that beat MLS keeper Nick Rimando with sheer pace.
But substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips scored an equally impressive goal in the 51st minute when he latched onto a through ball and hammered a left-foot shot into the far corner from about 20 metres.
Landon Donovan then snatched the win for the All-Stars with a right-foot shot from 10 metres in the 70th minute.
Most of the Bayern first-team regulars started on the bench in the team’s sixth pre-season game.
In the 79th minute, four of Germany’s World Cup-winning team – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lamm, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze - came on simultaneously in a mass substitution, though Schweinsteiger left the game before the end after a challenge that may have prompted Guardiola’s subsequent ire.
"I understand he doesn`t want his players to get hurt. They`re not great tackles but they`re not the worst tackles I`ve ever seen and I hope Schweiny`s not hurt," Donovan told ESPN.
"I`m not sure why they`re going after the officials."
In the 86th minute, Dutch star Arjen Robben came on as Bayern ended the game with almost a full-strength line-up, but the All-Stars held on to record the win.