Bayern München vs. BATE  4 - 1

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Heynckes delighted with victory over BATE

6 December 2012 03:09

Jupp Heynckes believes Bayern Munich were full value for their 4-1 win over BATE Borisov on Wednesday night.

Despite going down to 10 men early in the second-half, the Germans prevailed thanks to strikes from Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Xherdan Shaqiri and David Alaba, sealing both a commanding success and top spot in Group E.

"I'm obviously very satisfied because the priority was to win and make sure of first place [in our group]," the coach told reporters.

"The team were very determined and very alert. We conceded almost nothing in defence. Overall, it was an authoritative display.

"All credit to my team because the Champions League is such a difficult competition - the runners-up are all very strong. That means it's good we're away from home in the first-leg."

Gomez broke Bayern's duck at the Allianz Arena to further his tally to two goals since his comeback from injury five matches ago, and he feels he is regaining his sharpness in the penalty box.

"I knew that I would struggle a bit after such a long injury break, but I've trained very hard," the Germany international said.

"I tried to position myself well and I think I did that today.

"It was important to win the group and we did it. That was our purpose and the instructions of our coach.

"We wanted to show our supporters some good football and we managed it especially in the second half. We knew that it would be difficult against a Belarusian side, because they were defending very hard, so the first goal was important.

"But we did well afterwards and produced many chances, so we provided some good football for the fans."

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: "We wanted to set an example and beat BATE. We won emphatically and we deserved. It wasn't exciting at all, but we showed the right attitude from the beginning."

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UEFA Champions League Group F wrap: Bayern top group

5 December 2012 23:33

Bayern Munich sealed top spot in Group F with a 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Goals from Mario Gomez, Thomas Mueller, Xherdan Shaqiri and David Alaba gave the Bavarians revenge for their defeat in Belarus in October, despite Jerome Boateng seeing red just five minutes into the second half.

Bayern began the game in complete control and could have been ahead before their opponents had even had a kick on two minutes, but Bastian Schweinsteiger scuffed his shot from the edge of box safely into the hands of Andrey Gorbunov in the BATE goal.

The hosts took the lead when Shaqiri evaded Denis Polyakov's challenge on the left before picking out Gomez for a tap-in.

Toni Kroos sparkled only intermittently but almost doubled the lead five minutes before the break, turning to strike a fierce shot from the edge of the box that was well stopped by Gorbunov.

The game looked like evening out five minutes into the second half when Boateng was shown a straight red card for a needless two-footed tackle on Vitali Rodionov.

But just as it looked like the visitors were going to show more ambition and really take the game to the 10 men, a deep free kick was flicked on by Schweinsteiger for Mueller to cushion his volley past Gorbunov from close range.

Shaqiri made it three shortly after the hour mark, heading home from six yards after a fine cross from Gomez on the left.

Denis Polyakov's night was complete with 20 minutes remaining when he was dismissed following a second booking for simulation following a ludicrous attempt to win a penalty for his side.

Alaba rounded off Bayern's scoring with his first ever Champions League goal, controlling well before coolly volleying fellow substitute Franck Ribery's corner past Gorbunov from 18 yards out.

Egor Filippenko then tucked his neat finish inside Manuel Neuer's post from the edge of the box with two minutes remaining, but it was nothing more than a consolation.

The victory ensured Bayern ended the group stage on a high with their 16th victory in their last 17 home Champions League ties.

Despite finishing equal on points with Bayern after a 1-0 win at Lille, Valencia progress to the knockout stages from second place by virtue of a weaker head-to-head record against the German giants.

The La Liga outfit ground out the victory at Grande Stade Lille Metropole courtesy of Jonas' first-half penalty, leaving Lille with just three points to show from a miserable campaign.

The win ensures that coach Ernesto Valverde's reign at Valencia starts on a bright note after the club parted ways with Mauricio Pellegrino last week.

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UEFA Champions League Group F preview: Bayern favoured to win group

4 December 2012 10:06

German giants Bayern Munich are on track to finish top of Group F ahead of Valencia on Wednesday.

Last season's UEFA Champions League finalists are level on points with the La Liga club but their superior head-to-head record means they will advance from the group as winners with victory at home to BATE Borisov.

Bayern have only lost two of their past 15 league and cup fixtures, one of those defeats coming against BATE in October.

The Bundesliga leaders have been close to faultless this season as they look to end Borussia Dortmund's domination of German football and avenge their heartbreaking loss to Chelsea in May's Champions League decider.

Bayern's attacking displays this season have wowed the football world, with a whopping 51 goals scored in 20 Bundesliga and European games this season.

And while the likes of Mario Mandzukic (nine goals), Thomas Mueller (eight goals) and Toni Kroos (six goals) have caught the eye, it's Bayern's defence that deserves plenty of praise.

Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Dante and Holger Badstuber have formed Bundesliga's best defence, conceding just six goals, while shipping six in the Champions League.

Wednesday's opponents BATE got off to a flying start in Europe, beating Lille and Bayern in their opening two games but it has been slim pickings since, losing three on the bounce.

The nine-time Belarusian champions sit three points clear of Lille in Group F however they are still guaranteed European football in the New Year regardless of Wednesday's result because of their super head-to-head record against the Ligue 1 club.

Valencia have secured a place in the knockout phase but could still pip Bayern into top spot if results go their way.

The scenario is simple for Valencia they must beat Lille and hope Bayern fail to win in Belarus.

Assistant coach Voro takes temporary charge of first-team duties following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino after their hefty 5-2 defeat to Real Sociedad at the weekend.

And he will hope for another strong performance from leading marksman Roberto Soldado, who has 14 goals in his past 14 Champions League games.

Lille have already been eliminated and are facing their worst-ever performance in the Champions League but they will be buoyed by Valencia's away record in Europe which has resulted in just two wins in 11 games.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +22 38
2 16 +26 37
3 16 +3 28
4 16 +4 26
5 16 +2 25