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Unstoppable Bayern Qualify As Group Leaders

Unstoppable Bayern Qualify As Group Leaders

Bayern Munich ended CSKA Moscow’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League by defeating the Russians 3-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Thomas Muller’s first-half penalty and late goals from Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze sealed a routine victory for Bayern, while defeat for CSKA means they cannot even enjoy the consolation of Europa League football in the new year.

The Bundesliga champions came into Wednesday’s clash at the Allianz Arena already confirmed as pool winners, while the picture was slightly more complicated for CSKA.

Leonid Slutsky’s men needed a win in Munich and had to hope the game between Roma and Manchester City in Italy ended in anything other than victory for the home side.

In the end, City claimed second spot with a 2-0 win in Rome while CSKA finished bottom of the group with five points.

The most pleasing aspect of a straightforward dead-rubber win for Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is sure to be the long-awaited return to his starting XI of Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who began a match for the first time since the World Cup final in July.

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