Bayern Munich soundly beat Viktoria Plzeň 5-0 on Tuesday evening to kickstart their Champions League campaign with three wins from three. The Rekordmeister were 3-0 up since 21 minutes through Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mané – it was Mané’s first Champions League goal for Bayern.
Sané then scored his second and Bayern’s fourth after 50 minutes before Eric Choupo-Moting completed the rout 30 minutes from time. Bayern could have scored more but with Saturday’s Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund in mind, Nagelsmann made changes early.
Bayern are now the first team in Champions League history to remain unbeaten in 31 consecutive group games, beating Real Madrid’s (30) record.
How Bayern Munich fared:
Manuel Neuer, 7
Noussair Mazraoui, 6
Dayot Upamecano, 7 – Excellent at progressing the ball from a deep position. Quickly becoming one of Bayern’s most important players.
Matthijs de Ligt, 6
Alphonso Davies, 5
Ryan Gravenberch, 6 – Awarded a start in the absence of Joshua Kimmich, who missed the game through Covid-19, with Marcel Sabitzer also given a rest. Shined in places but lost the ball on too many occasions in the final third.
Leon Goretzka, 7
Leroy Sané, 8 – Two goals on the night for Sané. Continues to improve.
Jamal Musiala, 7
Sadio Mané, 8 – Scored a superb goal for Bayern’s third of the evening. Nifty footwork followed by an exquisite finish. After 412 minutes without scoring, the Senegalese forward now has two goals in his last two games.
Serge Gnabry, 7
Others: Eric Choupo-Moting (6), Josip Stanisic (5), Mathys Tel (-), Benjamin Pavard (-), Marcel Sabitzer (-)