Bayern set CL group-stage unbeaten record

October 05, 2022
Bayern’s Leroy Sane (right) scores the fourth goal against Plzen during the Champions League Group C  match between Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen in Munich, Germany yesterday. Bayern won 5-0.
Bayern’s Leroy Sane (right) scores the fourth goal against Plzen during the Champions League Group C match between Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen in Munich, Germany yesterday. Bayern won 5-0.

MUNICH (AP):

Leroy Sane scored twice as Bayern Munich set a Champions League (CL) record by extending their unbeaten run in group play to 31 matches with a 5-0 win over Czech champions Viktoria Plzen yesterday.

Bayern maintained their perfect start to this season's campaign to break Real Madrid's mark of 30 straight group-stage matches without a loss, a streak stretching back to September 2017.

Bayern also have not lost at home in Europe's premier competition since a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in December 2013. Since then, the Bavarian team has won 25 games and drawn one in Munich.

Bayern recorded 2-0 victories over Inter Milan and Barcelona already in Group C, but they had to face Plzen without Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich due to coronavirus infections.

No matter.

Sane opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he coasted past several defenders before unleashing a shot inside the top left corner, and Leon Goretzka pushed the ball through for Serge Gnabry to make it 2-0 in the 13th.

Sadio Mane turned on the style to flick the ball over a defender, then breezed past two more before firing in his first Champions League goal for Bayern in the 21st.

Jamal Musiala thought he had added the fourth in the 37th after a well-worked team move, but the goal was ruled out through VAR as Mane was adjudged to be just offside before playing the final pass.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann took off the impressive Musiala for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting at the break, perhaps to rest the 19-year-old Germany international for Saturday's Bundesliga "Klassiker" at Borussia Dortmund.

Sane displayed a good first touch to control Mane's cross with the outside of his boot, then wasted no time in sending the ball with his next touch past the helpless Marian Tvrdon in the Plzen goal for Bayern's fourth in the 50th. It was Sane's 16th goal in his last 12 games in the competition. Choupo-Motingscored the fifth goal in the 59th minute.

Other results: Marseille 4 Sporting 1; Ajax 1 Napoli 6; Club Brugge 2 Atletico Madrid 0; Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Tottenham 0; Porto 2 Bayer Leverkusen 0; Inter 1 Barcelona 0; Liverpool 2 Rangers 0.

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