Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


The last time Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes took charge of a Champions League game at the Allianz Arena, the Bavarians lost the <br> 2011/12 final against Chelsea. His apprehension was understandable ahead of Wednesday's clash with Valencia New signing Javi Martinez was selected in the starting eleven for the first time. The Spaniard played in defensive midfield alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger Despite being a world and European champion with Spain, Martinez was not afraid to get stuck in for the cause and broke down several of the visitors' attacks Franck Ribery (m.) was threatening down the left wing in the early stages, but even his probing was unable to unlock a stubborn Valencia defence Eventually the hosts did make the breakthrough as Schweinsteiger (r.) drilled in the opener after a swift counter attack in the 38th minute The strike helped settle Bayern's nerves and also took the wind out of Valencia's sails - <br> they had become increasingly adventurous the longer the match remained goalless The midfielder is in a rich vein of scoring form of late and the goal was his third of the season already, following two in as many games in the Bundesliga Toni Kroos (m.) scored an exquisite second half strike to give the hosts a two-goal advantage. <br> Valencia pulled one back late on, but it was too little to late for the Spaniards Dortmund's Mario Götze (r.) began at the centre of an attacking midfield trio including Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski, but initally they failed to click Reus, playing in an unfamiliar role on the left, endured a frustrating night against a well-drilled Dutch defence. While Dortmund dominated the early stages... ...it was Ajax, here with Christian Eriksen (r.), who created the first opportunity of the match after a mistake from Ilkay Gündogan (2.l) allowed the visitors in Mats Hummels (l.) had a tidy game at the back for the Yellow-Blacks, but saw his second half penalty saved But Robert Lewandowski (r.) came to the rescue in the 86th minute to give Dortmund a 1-0 win and priceless three points in Group D The joy - and relief - was palpable at the Signal Iduna Park, with the ghost of last season's disappointing European adventure dispelled with the victory Over in Greece, Kyriakos Papadopoulos returned to face his former club Olympiacos with Schalke 04 and had a first half effort disallowed... ...only for Benedikt Höwedes (m.) to head the Royal Blues in front moments later, giving the visitors a psychological boost just before half time Jermaine Jones was as hard-working as ever in midfield, but even despite his best efforts the home team managed to equalise in the 58th minute But Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (r.) restored Schalke's advantage seconds later, drilling the ball home after a delightful one-touch move on the edge of the area
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