FC Bayern München vs Viktoria Plzen

Current Score

  • FC Bayern München 5
  • Viktoria Plzen 0

Match Profile

Goal Scorers
  • F. Ribéry (PG)
    • 25minutes
  • D. Alaba
    • 37minutes
  • F. Ribéry
    • 61minutes
  • B. Schweinsteiger
    • 64minutes
  • M. Götze
    • 90minutes
Goal Scorers
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 2
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
24 Oct 2013 - 9:52am

Group D: Bayern Munich 5 Viktoria Plzen 0

Bayern Munich continued the perfect defence of its Champions League title as it produced a stunning attacking display to beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 at the Allianz Arena.
24 Oct 2013 - 8:04 AM  UPDATED 24 Oct 2013 - 9:52 AM

The Bundesliga champion could have been out of sight by half time but had only a Franck Ribery penalty and a
David Alaba goal to show for its efforts at the break.

But two goals in three minutes from Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger and a late strike from Mario Gotze moved Pep Guardiola's men three points clear of Manchester City at the top of Group D.

Bayern was lively right from the start and
Mario Mandzukic had the first meaningful chance in the second minute as he headed
Arjen Robben's cross wide.

The competition holder continued to press and just a minute later, when
Daniel van Buyten fired wide from a Ribery corner, you could sense it would prove to be a long night for the Czech side.

Bayern was relentless and Mandzukic had another chance to score as
Matus Kozacik could only parry
Toni Kroos' shot out but the Croatia international headed the rebound wide.

Robben was next to threaten as he toe-poked Marcio Rafinha's cross wide at the back post and the host side could easily have been four up inside the opening 10 minutes.

Kozacik was having a busy night and was called into action as Alaba and Ribery combined and he was forced to turn the Frenchman's effort round the post.

But there was little he could do to prevent the opener in the 25th minute as
Roman Hubnik brought down Robben as he slalomed into the penalty box.

The defender was booked for his trouble and Ribery stepped up to dispatch the spot kick into the bottom corner.

Two minutes later Mandzukic should have doubled the lead as good build-up play from Robben found him alone in the penalty area but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper.

Kozacik was keeping his side in it and was forced into a brilliant save just before the half hour when
Van Buyten got his head onto the end of Robben's corner.

The Slovakian denied Schweinsteiger just moments later but Bayern's dominance brought them a second goal eight minutes before the break.

Schweinsteiger found Mandzukic who headed the ball into the path of Alaba and the 21-year-old controlled with his chest, beat his man and then rifled home with his right foot.

It was not long before Bayern found its stride again after the break and two goals in three minutes well and truly ended the game as a contest.

First, in the 61st minute, Robben and Mandzukic exchanged passes before finding Ribery who cut inside and audaciously scooped the ball over Kozacik's head and into the back of the net.

Gotze was then brought into the action and, just a minute after coming on, he set up Schweinsteiger for the fourth as the Germany midfielder gathered the ball on the penalty spot, spun away from his defender and scored.

Plzen had its first corner in the 67th minute but Bayern soon countered and Gotze hit the crossbar with a chip from a tight angle.

He was determined to score and got his goal in injury time as he showed sublime close control at the back post and slotted home.

Match Commentary

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90 AS Assist by A. Robben (FC Bayern München)
90 G GOAL (FC Bayern München): Scored by M. Götze
90 COMMENT Into the first of three minutes of added time to close off this contest.
90 COMMENT Lovely little ball from Robben towards the far post. Rajtoral is made a fool out of as Gotze drifts in behind him with ease, before neatly blasting the ball home!
90 COMMENT Pizarro forces Kozacik to work one more time with a piledriver, but it's straight in the keeper's line of sight, and he parries.
90 COMMENT NEARLY A FIFTH! In comes the cross from Gotze on the left, and up goes Schweini hanging in the air above Hubnik, but he plants his header right at Kozacik, who should have had no chance!
90 COMMENT A. Robben gave the assist.
90 COMMENT Bayern threaten a last-ditch six as Gotze squares up at the near post, but his cross is right at Kozacik. And that's all she wrote!
89 COMMENT Contento hacks away a loose Plzen ball into the box. The 23-year-old left back has not had a thing to worry about today in his adopted position in the heart of Bayern's defence.
87 COMMENT Kozacik is given a dumb yellow card for time wasting, of all things. C'mon ref.
86 YC Yellow card awarded to M. Kozáčik of Viktoria Plzen
86 SO Substitute out M. Petržela of Viktoria Plzen
86 SI Substitute in S. Tecl of Viktoria Plzen
86 COMMENT M. Kozá?ik receives a yellow card.
86 COMMENT Muller comes close twice in twenty seconds to poking in a fifth goal at the near post; the first chance was blocked, and the second stabbed just wide.
86 COMMENT M. Petržela is replaced with S. Tecl.
84 COMMENT Incredible statistics coming in that show just how dominant Bayern have been; they've mustered 29 efforts, with 17 of those on target. Plzen, by comparison, have had exactly zero shots of any kind all game (via Uefa).
82 COMMENT Pizarro get the ball in a splendid position just inside the box from Muller, but a swarm of white shirts surround him. The ball is just asking for a touch to release the completely unmarked Robben on the right, but the Peruvian, under severe pressure, cannot oblige.
80 COMMENT The rarest of rare sightings, a touch for Neuer! It's only a goalkick, mind, but the keeper's probably pleased as punch to finally have something to do.
78 COMMENT Bayern finally taking their foot off the accelerator ever so slightly. If they were so inclined, the home side could double their current lead before all is said and done. Plzen look absolutely spent.
76 COMMENT Kroos strikes relatively off the mark from a sumptuous position at the top of the D. Not quite the end to that chance that many would have expected.
75 SO Substitute out D. Limberský of Viktoria Plzen
75 SI Substitute in J. Kovařík of Viktoria Plzen
75 COMMENT J. Kova?ík enters play, replacing D. Limberský.
74 COMMENT Gotze and Robben go gallivanting down their favorite left flank, but the former's shot is blocked. The ball is quickly recovered though, and whipped in to the dome of Pizarro, whose header is right at Kozacik! An inch either side, and 5-0.
72 COMMENT Probably the play of the match from a Plzen perspective, as the substitute Duris holds off trouble excellently from Robben and Alaba, before playing to Prochazka, who promptly loses the ball. What a waste.
70 SI Substitute in C. Pizarro of FC Bayern München
70 SO Substitute out M. Mandžukić of FC Bayern München
70 COMMENT Looks like Claudio Pizarro will be the last one to the party, as Guardiola prepares to use his final change. No one in a Bayern shirt will want to come off, the good times are rolling at the Allianz Arena.
70 COMMENT M. Mandžuki? is done for the day. C. Pizarro is his replacement.
68 COMMENT On comes Muller, and off goes the effervescent, transcendent Ribery. What a game from him. Bow down you mere mortals.
67 SO Substitute out F. Ribéry of FC Bayern München
67 SI Substitute in T. Müller of FC Bayern München
67 COMMENT F. Ribéry is replaced with T. Müller.
66 COMMENT A rare Plzen attack breaks down, and here come Bayern! It's like watching the running of the bulls, as blue and black shirts aplenty storm forward. They're all queuing up for the finish, and eventually it's Gotze who takes it a little too close to the byeline before clipping the top of the crossbar!
64 AS Assist by M. Götze (FC Bayern München)
64 G GOAL (FC Bayern München): Scored by B. Schweinsteiger
64 COMMENT Another splendid, splendid goal from Bayern, just as special as Ribery's moments ago. Gotze, barely on the pitch for a beat, takes the ball down the right and plays into Schweinsteiger, 10 yards out. With two men on him, the midfielder frees himself with a fantastic turn, before ripping an unstoppab
64 COMMENT M. Götze gave the assist.
63 SO Substitute out P. Lahm of FC Bayern München
63 SI Substitute in M. Götze of FC Bayern München
63 SO Substitute out P. Horváth of Viktoria Plzen
63 SI Substitute in M. Duris of Viktoria Plzen
63 COMMENT Gotze makes his appearance for Lahm. Good shift from the skipper, but hardly the most challenging.
63 COMMENT P. Lahm is done for the day. M. Götze is his replacement.
63 COMMENT P. Horváth is replaced with M. Duris.
61 G GOAL (FC Bayern München): Scored by F. Ribéry
61 COMMENT What seemed like a botched Bayern counter after some good work by Mandzukic is recovered in superb fashion. Robben gets the ball to Ribery on that left flank once again. The Frenchman fools two defenders into thinking he's going right, before quickly changing direction and shifting down the outside.
60 COMMENT PLZEN HAVE A CHANCE! PLZEN HAVE A CHANCE! Well, not really, but it's the visitors' best sight on goal of the game. A long ball finds Kolar, who has been putting in a thankless shift up front, and he manages to bundle his way into some space before Contento eventually hacks clear.
58 COMMENT BAYERN SCO...BUT NO! It's ruled out! An absolutely spellbinding link up sequence from Robbery on the left sees the Frenchman put through to the byeline, where he squares for Mandzukic to tap home! But the Croatian is supremely lazy, not even bothering to get himself onside, and the effort is correct
56 COMMENT The godlike Ribery takes two Plzen troglodytes out of the equation on the left with a stupendous dribble, before laying off neatly to Schweinstieger at the top of the box. Basti steadies himself before bending a nifty little effort towards the bottom corner, but it's just a foot or so off number thr
54 COMMENT Not quite tiki-taka, but far more patient stuff from the home side since they emerged from the break. Still, they're sapping what's left in Plzen's tank by drawing the visitors into the wrong end of a game of cat and mouse.
52 COMMENT A rare sight as pressure from Kolar and Horava see Bayern forced back into their own territory. In fact, no less than six blue and black shirts have retreated behind the halfway line to hold onto the ball! Should Plzen do a lap of honour?
50 COMMENT Bayern continue to strangle the life out of Plzen by holding onto the ball, but they've not yet flicked that ruthless switch on since returning from the break. The visitors enduring an uneasy respite as on the touchline, Gotze is being put through his paces.
49 COMMENT Limbersky has been cautioned for tripping up Robben for the 134234234th time.
48 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Limberský of Viktoria Plzen
48 COMMENT D. Limberský is cautioned by the referee.
48 COMMENT No changes at the break for either side, which is more surprising from the visitors' point of view. It's hard to see how Vrba can swap things around tactically either, as his two central midfielders Horvath and Prochazka have dropped so deep that Plzen essentially have a back six.
46 COMMENT We're back in action folks, Plzen get the game restarted.
45 COMMENT Just a sole minute of added time, as Ribery drills a speculative attempt rather wide. And that's it for the half!
45 COMMENT More comfortable this time for Kozacik, as Kroos gets hold of a shot extremely well, but cannot direct it anywhere but at the Plzen stopper, who smothers.
43 COMMENT Kozacik has adrenaline coursing through his system at the moment, he makes another clutch save to deflect a surefire goal away for a corner, before rising highest to pluck the resulting delivery out of the air!
41 COMMENT ANOTHER FANTASTIC SAVE BY KOZACIK! Kroos delivers a peach of a cross right on the six yard line, and Robben somehow rises above his marker to head towards the far side, but the Plzen keeper shows magnificent reflexes to palm the ball away! Who was the idiot who said that it was a surprise that he st
39 COMMENT The irrepressible Robben nearly wizards his way into a third Bayern goal, leaving Limbersky in a heap, before clipping a ball across the six yard area that is just about deflected away from the hungry Mandzukic at the far post!
37 AS Assist by M. Mandžukić (FC Bayern München)
37 G GOAL (FC Bayern München): Scored by D. Alaba
37 COMMENT The assist came from M. Mandžuki?.
37 COMMENT Mandzukic set that one in motion with a typically dominant knockdown against Reznik. Alaba laps up the ball, and strides across the box past a static Plzen back four, before stabbing the ball neatly across into the opposite bottom corner!
36 COMMENT Robben advances on the terrified Limbersky, who backs off and allows him to square a pass to the storming Schweinsteiger at the top of the box. Basti lets fly with some venom, but Kozacik saves (not entirely convincingly), before Kroos attacks the rebound...from an offside position.
35 COMMENT Plzen have managed to stem the tide ever so slightly, holding Bayern to just under 60 per cent possession in the last few minutes. Hey, you take whatever little victories you can get, right?
33 COMMENT Alaba is really plundering and marauding down the left flank. His partnership with Ribery has been sublime to watch, especially with the Frenchman's ability to draw the Austrian's marker, then slip him through in space.
31 COMMENT Robben pulls his trademark move, cutting in from the right onto his left peg before firing away, but its right at Kozacik who makes a much more comfortable save to the one he pulled off moments ago.
29 COMMENT WHAT A SAVE! Robben takes charge of a Bayern corner, and picks out the relatively easy target of Van Buyten in the box. The Belgian behemoth heads it powerfully, it's going in, but Kozacik dives to his left to deny Bayern in incredibly athletic fashion. Kozacik my friend, all is forgiven.
27 COMMENT Ribery with a spring in his step, making the most of a cavernous gap in the middle to make up 30 yards on goal, before deftly slipping in Mandzukic. The Croatian takes Limbersky out of the equation with a neat cut, before slapping the ball off Kozacik, who covered his near post well!
26 COMMENT Hubnik by the way was booked for conceding that spot kick. Is that the one that opens the floodgates?
25 PG GOAL (FC Bayern München): Penalty scored by F. Ribéry
25 COMMENT No mistake! Kozacik dived correctly to his bottom left corner, but Ribery struck that one with purpose, beating the keeper with sheer power!
24 YC Yellow card awarded to R. Hubník of Viktoria Plzen
24 COMMENT R. Hubník is yellow-carded.
24 COMMENT Robben is not one to be daunted by bodies in the box, and goes weaving in and out of traffic in the right side of the box. It seems only a matter of time before he pulls the trigger, but Hubnik catches him late, and Robben makes sure of the decision by falling theatrically. Ribery to take...
23 COMMENT Lahm breaks up a tedious spell of Bayern possession at the top of the box that did not seem to be heading anywhere in any particular hurry. The skipper launches one towards goal from all of 30 yards, but all he does is make the ball boys work.
21 COMMENT Do my eyes deceive me, or have Plzen just crossed the halfway line! Not to worry folks, Limbersky is soon isolated on the left flank, as Van Buyten steps out of his spot to intercept. Still, the way things have gone for the visitors so far, that's a moment to cheer.
19 COMMENT Just under 20 minutes gone, so here's a little stat check for those who want a measure of the game. Bayern with nine shots to Plzen's zero, three of those on target. The hosts have also held the ball for 81 per cent of the time (via Uefa).
17 COMMENT For a side that is camped in their own half, Ribery sure had an awful lot of space to saunter right through the centre of midfield. Advancing to the top of the box, he spots Alaba in acres of space on the left, and duly feeds him. The Austrian then lets fly, but its right at Kozacik, who still needs
15 COMMENT The Czech side had to slog through three qualifying rounds to be here, beating sides from Bosnia, Estonia and Slovenia. But this, my dear minnows, is another level entirely. Forget jumping into the deep end, this is like walking the plank in the middle of the Atlantic.
13 COMMENT Neuer could probably get the weekly crossword done back there, not only has he had nothing at all to do, but Plzen, to my reckoning, have not even crossed the halfway line with the ball. The Bayern keeper has been spotted strolling to the centre circle.
11 COMMENT Ribery is just toying with Reznik on the left side, it's almost painful to watch. He nearly makes the right back tear a groin with a weaving dribble, and after freeing himself, fires in a low cross towards the near post. This time, it sticks in Kozacik's grateful arms.
11 COMMENT Kozacik must have nude photos of someone important in Plzen, his baffling mistake against CSKA would have been enough to get even Lev Yashin dropped. But he's won a starting spot again, and true to form, is making a hash of every little thing that comes his way.
7 COMMENT AND ANOTHER CHANCE! Bayern are really flexing their muscles here. Alaba's hopeful little clip is nodded out of the air by the spring-loaded Mandzukic,, whose knock down is stabbed on the slide by the Dutchman, but just wide!
5 COMMENT Kozacik with a textbook case of butterfingers, spilling a perfectly saveable Kroos shot right into the zone of Mandzukic, but he seems as surprised as anyone by the keeper's bumble, missing the target.
3 COMMENT ALABA! The Austrian jack of all trades shoos Robben to one side, and bends it towards goal, where Cisovsky bails out the fretting Kozacik to head away. From the resulting corner, Van Buyten towers over all and sundry, but misses the target rather meekly.
2 COMMENT Early trouble for the visitors, as they stupidly give away a needless free kick in a prime spot 25 yards from goal. Robben and Alaba are having a little pow wow over this one...
1 COMMENT Here we go people...the ref gets the game underway.
0 COMMENT That's my cue folks, hope you've had as good a time as Bayern did tonight. Bye for now.
0 COMMENT Pavel Vrba meanwhie must have had a nice long chat with Roman Hubnik, his starting defender who has plenty of experience with this recent incarnation of Bayern, having played for three years with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga from 2010 to 2013. David Limbersky has been stapled together in time to
0 COMMENT Right, the coin has been flipped, the teams have shaken hands, the anthem has been sung. It's all set folks...
0 COMMENT Lineups have been confirmed.
0 COMMENT PLZEN (4-2-3-1): Kozacik; Reznik, Cisovsky, Hubnik, Limbersky; Horvath, Prochazka; Rajtoral, Horava, Petraela; Kolar.
0 COMMENT A superb and professional game from Bayern, who trample all over poor Plzen. Ribery stole the show with his brace, as Alaba, Schweinsteiger and Gotze added the others, in what could have easily been a double digit scoreline. Plzen did not manage a single shot, and have no points to show for their th
0 COMMENT Pep goes for the dull and predictable as far as the selection for the rest of his XI goes. Mario Mandzukic leading the line, Robbery on the flanks, hell, even Philipp Lahm in the midfield has become blah blah boring. The Bavarians have too much quality gushing out of every orifice. Thomas Muller, Ma
0 COMMENT Speaking of CSKA, they were given a run for their money all the way in that game against Plzen a few weeks ago. But their luck ran out earlier today, as they dropped to their second defeat in the group stages when Manchester City squeezed out a 2-1 win in Russia. That leaves City with six points fro
0 COMMENT Hello, and welcome to the Allianz Arena, where Bayern Munich are set to lock horns with Viktoria Plzen in about half an hour. Stay with me, Keeghann Sinanan, for the blow-by-blow account of tonight's game!
0 COMMENT Plzen quite frankly can thank their lucky stars that they're only two goals down. Ribery and Alaba did the damage in the first half for the hosts, who were denied far more by the return to European form of black-sheep goalkeeper Kozacik, after a nervy start to the game. Pavel Vrba may look to shuffl
0 COMMENT BAYERN (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Van Buyten, Contento, Alaba; Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Robben; Mandzukic.
0 COMMENT So with Dante joining Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber on the injury list, Pep Guardiola has himself a serious lack of options in the centre of his defence. So what does he do? Stick Diego Contento in there, of course! Too bad for Jan Kirchoff, who gets beaten out to a central defensive spot by a

Match Statistics

Bayern MünchenFCB

Possession (%) 70
Goals 5
Yellow Cards 0
Fouls 6
Offsides 4
Corners 10
Shots on Target 17
Shots Blocked 5
Shots Wide 13
Free Kicks 14
Throw Ins 17
Goal Kicks 4
Penalties 1

Viktoria PlzenPLZ