UEFA Champions League: Group D Roundup: Bayern start title defence in style, Citizens win comfortably
Any plans that CSKA Moscow had of causing an upset, at home of defending Champions at the Allianz Arena, quickly went out of the window, as Bayern Munich started their European campaign with an easy 3-0 win. After David Alaba opened the scoring in first five minutes Bayern dominated from there on, and were deserved winners with margin of victory.
Bavarians opened the scoring on four minutes, when David Alaba curled a long-range free-kick beyond Igor Akinfeev, who could have put in a better effort.
Then in the first half hour the hosts continued to pepper their opposition’s goal with cshots, especially Mandzukic who was guilty of missing several very good oppurtunites. Eventually the Croatian striker did score Bayern’s second, netting in just four minutes from half-time. Arjen Robben’s curling free-kick was diverted in by Croatian, rendering CSKA task of overhauling the lead almost completely impossible.
On to the second-half then, Robben could’ve killed the game almost immediately after the restart, though Akinfeev managed to keep out his powerful volley from inside the area.
Now woth just over 20 minutes left, Alaba played a simple chip over the top of the CSKA defence, Robben chested down the ball and slotted home .
Domination of Bavarians can be gauged from the fact that Manuel Neuer, who mostly had a quite game, was called into action in stoppage time. Zoran Tosic hit a pilde driver effort but the German international had no problems and thus maintained a clean sheet.
In the other group match, Manchester City were kept city under contol in the first half by Viktoria Plzen, but tnaks to a great second-half performance won the match 3-0 win. Considering it was Manuel Pellegrini’s first Champoions League match with Manchester City it was a brilliant start for the Citizens, who otherwise have ahistory of failing in Europe under Roberto Mancini.
Though City had the better of the early chances, they were far from spectacular. In the first-half Edin Dzeko had a header saved on 23 minutes, off a cross from Aleksandr Kolarov. Aguero hit the post three minutes later and Lukas Hejda heroically prevented Dzeko when he appeared to be clean on goal
In the second-half, Bosnian found himself one-on-one with Matus Kozacik and finished calmly from 12 yards.
After the first goal, as it is so often a case, floodgates were open for City, quickly scoring two more goals. Yaya Toure netted an absolute screamer from 25 yards in the 53rd minute, seemingly putting game beyond Plzen’s reach. Aguero put the nail in the coffin five minutes later.
With three points in bag and one eye on Manchester derby at the weekend, City got a bit more defensive in the final 30 minutes of the match. Aguero had a couple of good chances and Tomas Horava hit the crossbar for Plzen in the closing moments of the match.
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