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Sunday 17 December 2017

Mueller is spot on for Bayern

Thomas Mueller's first-half penalty gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 triumph at CSKA Moscow yesterday, their second victory in two Champions League games in the behind-closed-doors fixture.

The Group E match was played in front of an empty house at the Khimki Arena after a ban from European soccer's governing body UEFA was imposed for the racist behaviour of CSKA's fans.

Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic to claim a 3-2 victory over Barcelona.

Barca had not conceded a goal this season but David Luiz, Marco Verrati and Blaise Matuidi all scored to give the French champions three points.

Lionel Messi and Neymar pulled goals back for Barca but PSG held firm to lead Group F on four points, with Barca on three and Ajax on two points after drawing 1-1 with APOEL.

O'Neill boost

JEFF Hendrick and James McClean gave Martin O'Neill a boost last night ahead of the next bout of Euro 2016 qualifiers as they took a major step forward in their fitness battles.

Derby County midfielder Hendrick made an appearance off the bench for the Rams in their win over Bournemouth.

Winger McClean, injured in Wigan's pre-season programme, started a game for the first time this season last night, strugglers Wigan held 0-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile boss O'Neill was at Hillsborough, where Keiren Westwood, Conor Sammon, Daryl Murphy and Ireland prospect David McGoldrick all started in a 1-1 draw.

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