Reigning European champions Bayern Munich cruised to a 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen to maintain their position at the top of Group D.
The hosts opened their account from the spot on 24 minutes when Franck Ribery dispatched a penalty after Arjen Robben was fouled in the box.
David Alaba continued his impressive goal-scoring record from full-back when he doubled his side’s advantage on 42 minutes – the Austrian collected the ball on the edge of the box and drilled the ball past the goalkeeper with his weaker foot.
Ribery bagged his brace on 61 minutes when he left his marker for dead before lobbing the ball over the top of Matus Kozacik in Plzen’s goal.
Bastian Schweinsteiger added the German’s fourth after a smart turn and shot was drilled beyond the reach of the goalkeeper and substitute Mario Goetze scored his side’s fifth goal after he collected Robben’s lobbed cross and buried the ball into the back of the net.
PRE MATCH: Franck Ribéry returns to the squad after missing Bayern's 4-1 victory over Mainz.
2’ CHANCE: Alaba who takes a free-kick and his effort is saved and spilled by Kozacik in Plzen's net and the rebound is somehow put over the bar.
23’ PENALTY! Hubnik fouls Robben as he turned in the penalty box - a silly challenge to make
24’ GOAL! 1-0 BAYERN! Ribery powers the penalty into the back of the net despite Kozacik getting a hand to the ball.
27’ CHANCE: Fantastic save! Kozacik makes an excellent reflex stop to deny Van Buyten's point blank header from Robben's corner and finally the goalkeeper has woken up!
37’ GOAL! 2-0 BAYERN! Alaba takes on his marker on the edge of the box and puts the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper with a delightful finish.
39’ CHANCE: Another outstanding save by Kozacik - Kroos' delightful cross meets Robben's head and he sees his effort parried with a one-handed save by Plzen's goalkeeper. Unbelievable.
61’ GOAL! 3-0 BAYERN! Absolutely world class goal from Ribery who turns his marker inside out before lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper.
63’ GOAL! 4-0 BAYERN! Gotze with his first touch (he replaced Lahm) lays on Schweinsteiger who turns the defender in the danger area and fires Bayern 4-0 in front.
72’ CHANCE: Pizarro should have scored here - he latches onto the recovered Rafinha's cross but his header is straight at the goalkeeper.
90’+1 GOAL! 5-0 BAYERN! And there we have it. Gotze collects Robben's lobbed cross - takes it down brilliantly and drills the ball home.
Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen’s only previous meeting came in the 1971/72 Cup Winners Cup. The Bavarian side won 1-0 away and 6-1 at home meaning the Plzen have never beaten the German giants.
No Czech side has ever scored more than one goal against German opposition in the Champions League (six games).
Bayern Munich have won their last eight Champions League games (24 goals for, two against), their best streak in the competition. They are one win away from equalling the longest run in the Champions League: Barcelona’s nine wins in a row (2002/03).
Manuel Neuer played his 50th game in the Champions League – and didn’t have a save to make! He has so far kept 19 clean sheets in the competition. Pep Guardiola has now lost only two of his 26 Champions League home games as manager.
Bayern Munich have now won 17 games of their last 19 at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League.
Can anyone stop Bayern Munich? The reigning European champions may only have beaten a poor Viktoria Plzen team but they have climbed to the top of Group D with relative ease and turned over an impressive Manchester City side in a 3-1 victory a couple of weeks prior to tonight. Pep Guardiola has an impressive record in this competition and it will take one hell of a team to prevent the Germans becoming the first team to retain the Champions League.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich – The French star was at the heart of everything until he was replaced in the 67th minute. He capped his fine performance with a brace and his second goal was particularly spectacular.
BAYERN MUNICH - Neuer - 6 Alaba - 8, Van Buyten - 7, Ribery -9, Robben - 8, Rafinha - 7, Lahm - 6, Contento - 6, Schweinsteiger - 7, Kroos - 7, Mandzukic - 6. Substitutes: Goetza – 7, Mueller – 6, Pizarro – 6
VIKTORIA PLZEN – Kozacik - 8, Rezník - 5, Cisovsky - 5, Hubnik - 4, Limbersky - 5, Horvath - 4, Prochazka - 5, Rajtoral - 5, Horava - 5, Petrzela - 6, Kolar - 7. Substitutes: Kovarik – 5, Duris - 5
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Viktoria Plzen
- Arjen Robben
- Franck Ribery
- Bastian Schweinsteiger
- David Alaba
- Matus Kozacik