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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Robben admits Bayern have only themselves to blame

Dominant in the first half but scrappy and ineffective in the second, Bayern Munich blamed themselves for failing to score in their 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

The Bavarians had the best scoring chances and allowed only one shot on goal from their opponents but did not make their dominance count, lacking the final pass in front of goal.

"Now it is clear. We have to win in Munich. Nothing else will do," said Dutch winger Arjen Robben. "We had a good first half and we had our chances. You need to use them when you have them."

"It is a shame because it would have been easier. We did it all ourselves," said Robben.

The German champions were effective in shutting out Shakhtar, playing their first game in two months, and closed the corridors which their opponents repeatedly tried to use for counter-attacks.

The Bavarians, however, again failed to replicate their form from earlier this season and will take on Shakhtar without holding midfielder Xabi Alonso, sent off with a second booking.

BAYERN MUNICH 0 SHAKHTAR 0

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