Bayern! Munich progressed to the Champions League knockout stage for the 15th successive season with victory at Viktoria Plzen in Group C.
While their Bundesliga form has seen them only win four of their opening nine games,
they have won all four of their Champions League group games,
scoring 13 goals.
They raced into a 4-0 lead within 35 minutes as Sadio Mane linked with Leon Goretzka before slotting home, Thomas Muller converted a Kingsley Coman cross and Goretzka scored twice from Leroy Sane passes.
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The advantage saw Julian Nagelsmann
who went off with an injury – and that led to a disjointed second-half display, allowing Adam Vlkanova and Jan Kliment to score for Plzen.
Although Bayern need a point from their final two games to guarantee top spot,
with games against Barcelona and Inter Milan to come.
WHAT HAPPENED? In the six-goal thriller inside Doosan Arena Plzen,
the Senegal international handed the Bavarians a 10th-minute lead after he was set up by Leon Goretzka. Four minutes later,
Thomas Muller doubled the advantage for the German elite division side before a brace from Goretzka ensured that they went into the half time break with a four-goal lead. The hosts pulled two goals back in the second half courtesy of Adam Vlkanova and Jan Kliment,
yet, that could not rescue them from defeat.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: This is the forward’s second Champions League goal for Bayern Munich in the 2022-23 campaign. His maiden strike came against the Czech First League side in the reverse fixture at Allianz Arena. Also,
it is a message to manager Julian Nagelsmann that he can always get the job done in subsequent fixtures. On a wider note,
this result has guaranteed Bayern Munich a place in the next round with two matches to spare.
ALL EYES ON: Aside from his goal,
and the former Liverpool man put up an inspiring showing with statistics showing he accounted for two shots, two key passes, two aerials won,
and one dribble.
So WHAT ELSE? Cameroon international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was introduced for Kingsley Coman in the 46th minute but he could not find the net as he recorded no shot in the six-goal thriller. Meanwhile,
Morocco’s Noussair Mazraoui played from start to finish with three tackles and three clearances to show for his display.
Bayern Munich started off hot as Leon Goretzka found Sadio Mane to score the first goal in the 10th minute.
Although Four minutes later Bayern Munich had their second when Thomas Muller converted a cross by Kingsley Coman.
Goretzka scored the third for Bayern Munich assisted by Muller in the 25th minute.
Basically Sane assisted Goretzka to score his second of the game and Bayern Munich’s fourth going to the halftime break.
Adam Vlkanova converted a ball through to him by Jhon Mosquera
in the 62nd minute to pull one back for Plzen in the 62nd minute.
Jan Kliment was assisted by Libor Holik in the 75th minute for Plzen’s second if the game.
Despite late pressure from Plzen,
Though Bayern Munich held on to secure three points and now progress to the Champions League round of 16.