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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Bayern show CSKA snow mercy

Bayern Munich's players celebrate a goal scored by Mario Gotze against CSKA Moscow. Picture credit: Maxim Shemetov/REUTERS
Bayern Munich's players celebrate a goal scored by Mario Gotze against CSKA Moscow. Picture credit: Maxim Shemetov/REUTERS

HOLDERS Bayern Munich eased past CSKA Moscow 3-1 last night to set a Champions League record with their 10th straight victory and underline their ambitions to become the first team to successfully defend the title.

The Bavarians, who had already qualified for the knockout stage, struck against the run of play in snowy Moscow with Arjen Robben's superb left-footed strike in the 17th minute.

Mario Goetze added another after a fine run before Keisuke Honda cut the deficit with a penalty just after the hour.

Thomas Mueller responded with a penalty of his own to restore their two-goal lead in the 65th and give Bayern their best ever start with five wins from five group games.

"Playing on this pitch today was adventurous," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola told reporters when asked about the snow.

"It was difficult because the players had no grip.

"But over 90 minutes we were better than our opponents.

"Getting 10 wins in a row is very hard and I am proud of my players, the club and everyone involved."

Barcelona set the previous record of nine wins in 2002-3.

The Germans are the only team in the competition with a perfect record this season.

"It is a fantastic achievement to win 10 consecutive games in Europe especially if you consider we also played Barcelona and then Borussia Dortmund on the way to the final (last season)," scorer Robben told reporters.

"We have said we don't play for records, we play to win titles. But we have a great team and I am proud to be part of it."

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