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UEFA Champions League

  • September 17, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Allianz Arena, München
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 68000

Bayern Munich 3-0 CSKA Moscow: Champion commences defense with win

Bayern Munich 3-0 CSKA Moscow: Champion commences defense with win

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Goals from David Alaba, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben secured all three points at the Allianz Arena for the defending champion.

Bayern Munich began the defense of its Champions League crown with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

A victory for the home side never looked in doubt and the club found itself ahead within the opening five minutes as the talented David Alaba fired a free kick in from a central position, while Mario Mandzukic added a second with a header just before halftime.

Arjen Robben wrapped up all three points 22 minutes from time after a lovely assist by Alaba, thus securing a win in Pep Guardiola's first Champions League outing in charge of the German club.

Guardiola's men strolled to a similarly comfortable 2-0 win over Hannover at the weekend and the coach made only one change to that team as Dante replaced Daniel Van Buyten at center back.

The Russians also came into the game fresh from a domestic victory over Rostov, but the win came at a cost as Alan Dzagoev and Zoran Tosic both picked up injuries, meaning Aleksandrs Cauna and Steven Zuber took their respective places.

Bayern was in control from the start and took the lead just four minutes in when Alaba steered a free kick past Igor Akinfeev from the edge of the box.

The host's dominance was obvious as the club monopolized possession, but the team struggled to break down CSKA's resolute defense.

When Bayern did, 10 minutes from halftime, Mandzukic spurned a magnificent chance to double the lead. Rafinha crossed from the right and the forward headed the ball onto the far post before it rolled into the arms of Akinfeev.

Mandzukic made amends three minutes before the break when Robben whipped in a fearsome free kick from the right and the Croatian forward diverted it past the helpless Akinfeev.

CSKA continued to struggle after the break and Robben could have scored a third, but his volley from inside the area was well saved.

Leonid Slutsky's men enjoyed a rare spell of possession in Bayern's half around the hour mark but were almost punished soon after.

Mandzukic arrived in the box to meet Alaba's left-wing cross but again found Akinfeev in excellent form.

The Russian goalkeeper could do nothing to deny Bayern's third goal in the 68th minute, however.

Alaba produced a marvelous scooped pass over the CSKA defense and Robben smashed a low shot into the net.

Bayern continued to press for more in the dying stages as Robben's replacement Xherdan Shaqiri created danger on the right flank, but three goals were enough for Bayern to get its Group D campaign off to the perfect start.

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