Sadio Mane (r.) scored one and made another in Bayern Munich's 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen. - © Getty Images
Sadio Mane (r.) scored one and made another in Bayern Munich's 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen. - © Getty Images
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Sadio Mane helps UEFA Champions League record-breakers Bayern Munich thrash Viktoria Plzen

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Sadio Mane was among the goals as Bayern Munich made it a record 31 UEFA Champions League group games unbeaten with a 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktora Plzen
Goals: 1-0 Sane 7' (assist: Musiala), 2-0 Gnabry 13' (assist: Goretzka), 3-0 Mane (21'), 4-0 Sane 50' (assist: Mane), 5-0 Choupo-Moting 59' (assist: Goretzka)

Back to their rampant best in Friday’s 4-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, Bayern steamrollered Czech champions Plzen in a dominant first-half display at the Allianz Arena. Leroy Sane set the tone with a sensational run and arrowed 18-yard strike, before Bayern added a second. Manuel Neuer started a move which went through Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala and Leon Goretzka, and culminated in Serge Gnabry steering a precision finish past the goalkeeper. The chances in full flow, Mane got in on the act with a swerving run and emphatic left-footed hit. The VAR prevented Musiala from making it four, after Mane was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up.

Davies and Musiala were given the half-time hook with an eye on Saturday's trip to Borussia Dortmund, but Bayern showed no let-up after the restart. The second half was just five minutes old when Mane lofted an exquisite ball over the Plzen defence for Sane, who ghosted between the two centre-backs to control and finish in style. A fifth goal arrived when Goretzka collected from Mane and teed up substitute Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting for a clipped effort off the upright. Neuer was tested for the first time with over an hour gone, while substitute Marcel Sabitzer twice chanced his arm from range as Bayern eased off the pedal, a third straight Group C triumph long in the bag.

Match stats

  • Bayern have scored at least once in their last 39 home matches in the Champions League group stage, dating back to 2009 (0-2 vs. Bordeaux).
  • Mane has scored seven, and had seven ruled out in 13 appearances for Bayern.
  • Sane is Bayern's top scorer in this season's Champions League, with four goals in three games. He is the second Bayern player, after Robert Lewandowski (2019/20 and 2021/22) to score in the first three group games of a Champions League campaign.
  • Davies is now the Champions League's record Canadian appearance-maker (24 games).
  • Five of Choupo-Moting's eight Champions League goals have been as a substitute.
  • Bayern's record in European games against Czech clubs reads: W10, D2, L1. They've won all five of their previous meetings with Plzen.

Teams

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Mazraoui, Upamecano (Pavard 72'), de Ligt, Davies (Stanisic 46') - Goretzka (Sabitzer 73'), Gravenberch - Sane (Tel 58'), Musiala (Choupo-Moting 46'), Mane - Gnabry
Unused subs: Ulreich
Out: Coman (fitness), Hernandez (groin), Kimmich (unavailable), Müller (unavailable), Sarr (patella tendon)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Plzen: Tvrdon - Holik, Hejda (c) (Tijani 63'), Pernica, Havel - N’Diaye, Kalvach - Kopic (Jirka 58'), Vlkanova (Jemelka 46'), Mosquera (Pilar 85') - Chory (Bassey 58')
Unsued subs: Jedlicka, Stanek, Kliment, Cermak
Out: Bucha (suspended), Sykora (knee)
Coach: Michal Bilek

As it happened

5 - 0

(3 - 0)

Bayern
FINAL
Plzen
Champions League
Matchday 3
Matchday 3 Allianz Arena
90'

FLAWLESS

A record 31 group games without defeat and a three-match winning start to the 2022/23 campaign: Bayern were brilliant tonight.
90'

TIME ADDED ON

Three to go for Bayern to add a sixth...
88'

SABITZER STINGER

This one's punched clear. Either side of the keeper, that was in.
86'

WHY NOT?

Bassey cracks one over Neuer's goal. Tel follows suit at the other end, the result long in the bag for Bayern.
82'

GNABRY CHANCE!

Gnabry slaloms into a shooting position, but the finish doesn't match the run.
76'

WORTH A GO!

Sabitzer loves a strike from range. This one doesn't beat the keeper, though. Bayern back in second gear.
73'

Substitution

sub
Marcel Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitzer
sub
Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka
72'

Substitution

sub
Benjamin Pavard
Benjamin Pavard
sub
Dayot Upamecano
Dayot Upamecano
70'

ROUTINE SAVE

Neuer's finally tested, with Ndiaye having a pop for Plzen. He'll surely have more to do in Der Klassiker...
64'

MANE THE LEFT WINGER

Mane was brilliant on the left against Leverkusen, and has been a menace again tonight. Is he more Ribery than Lewandowski?
59'

FIVE!

So easy for Bayern. Mane is the catalyst with a pass to Goretzka. He frees the unmarked Choupo-Moting, who controls and fires in off the upright.
59'

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

GOAL!

5 : 0
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
58'

Substitution

sub
Mathys Tel
Mathys Tel
sub
Leroy Sané
Leroy Sané
50'

SANE AT THE DOUBLE!

Brilliant Bayern goal. Mane lofts a ball over the top of the defence for Sane. He controls whilst running between the two centre-backs and finishes with aplomb.
50'

Leroy Sané

GOAL!

4 : 0
Leroy Sané
46'

Substitution

sub
Jemelka
sub
Vlkanova
46'

Substitution

sub
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
sub
Jamal Musiala
Jamal Musiala
46'

Substitution

sub
Josip Stanišić
Josip Stanišić
sub
Alphonso Davies
Alphonso Davies
Kick-off!
45'

HALF-TIME! BAYERN 3-0 PLZEN

Three unanwered goals from Sane, Gnabry and Mane. It's been all Bayern.
45'

ADDED TIME

Another 60 seconds on the clock. Bayern have been ruthless.
41'

DOUBLE MANE CHANCE!

Mane clips an effort over and draws a diving save out of the keeper, either side of a header wide from Chorny.
36'

DISALLOWED GOAL!

Musiala caps a flowing Bayern move with a fine finish, but the VAR shows Mane was offside in the build-up.
31'

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC

Bayern are camped in the Plzen half as Tvrdon comes to claim a Mane cross. All 10 outfield players in red were in the final third at one point.
29'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Tomas Chory
26'

MANE IN NUMBERS

Mane has now scored seven goals, and had seven ruled out in 13 appearances for Bayern.
21'

MANE WITH THE THIRD!

Bayern are rampant. Mane collects a ball into his feet, swerving the challenges on his way into the box. He expertly shields the ball from a defender and thunders a fierce left-footed strike in at the goalkeeper's near post.
21'

Sadio Mané

GOAL!

3 : 0
Sadio Mané
17'

GNABRY!

Gnabry bends a free-kick towards the top corner, prompting a fisted clearance from Tvrdon. That all came about following a mazy Mane run. All Plzen could do was foul him.
15'

CHANCE!

Bayern come again. Mane takes aim, but Tvrdon makes the stop. Plzen can't live with Bayern right now.
13'

GNABRY MAKES IT TWO!

A blistering turnover from Bayern results in the second goal. Neuer saves a Vlkanova effort, and bowls out to Davies. He motors forward as the ball's worked to Musiala. Goretzka helps it on to Gnabry, who controls in the area before side-footing past the advancing goalkeeper. Poetry in motion.
13'

Serge Gnabry

GOAL!

2 : 0
Serge Gnabry
11'

HOME IS WHERE THE GOALS ARE

Bayern have now scored at least once in their last 39 home matches in the Champions League group stage, dating back to 2009 (0-2 vs. Bordeaux).
7'

IN-SANE GOAL!

Sane dribbles through the Plzen midfield, before arrowing a rocket into the top corner from 20 yards. Unstopppable in all senses. That's his third goal is as many Champions League games!
7'

Leroy Sané

GOAL!

1 : 0
Leroy Sané
4'

BAYERN RESPOND

Bayern win their first corner after Goretzka's near-post cross is fended behind before Sane can pounce. De Ligt meets Gravenberch's ensuing cross, but his goalbound header is blocked.
2'

DE LIGT ON GUARD

Confident start by Plzen as a ball is clipped into the box from the left. De Ligt leaps in front of Chory to clear for a corner, which ends with a speculative punt into the stand behind Neuer's goal.
Kick-off!

MOMENT'S REFLECTION

The players assemble around the centre circle in a show of respect for those affected by the Indonesian stadium disaster that has claimed the lives of at least 125 people.
0:30
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WATCH: DER KLASSIKER IS COMING

Bayern travel to Dortmund in Der Klassiker in four days' time. Victory for either side would send them top of the Bundesliga.

FOUR NOT OUT

Bayern's record in European games against Czech clubs reads: W9, D2, L1. They've won all four of their previous meetings with Plzen, most recently recording 5-0 and 1-0 triumphs in the 2013/14 groups under Pep Guardiola.

MICHAL BILEK FULL OF PRAISE FOR BAYERN

"Bayern have dropped points in the Bundesliga, but all the games were similar: Bayern had lots of chances, they had bad luck and the opposition keeper had a good day. All the teams who picked up a point against Bayern in the league were lucky. It's a massive club and it's a great honour and experience for us to be able to play here. We're all looking forward to it as we don't play teams like that often. The players are full of enthusiasm and that's the way it should be."

NAGELSMANN'S TAKE II

"I expect Plzen to defend very deep. They often play on the break in the league. They have two physically strong target men up front. They put in a lot of early crosses, a similar idea to Augsburg in attack, which is not always easy to defend against."

NAGELSMANN'S TAKE I

"I'm expecting a top performance, a very motivated performance. We want to continue what the players were doing very well against Leverkusen, including the focus in front of goal. We have to keep on picking up points. It's extremely important for our Champions League campaign to win the game against Plzen – and also to maintain the rhythm for the Dortmund game."

RECORD UP FOR GRABS

Bayern will set a new Champions League record for consecutive group games without defeat if they get a positive result. They currently hold the best-mark with Real Madrid (30 matches).

MORE ON THOSE TEAMS

Kimmich and Müller are missing for Bayern, so Goretzka and Gnabry come in. Nagelsmann also hands starts to Mazraoui and Gravenberch. Tvrdon starts in goal for the visitors, meanwhile, with Stanek only fit enough for the bench.

BAYERN STARTING LINE-UP

Neuer (c) - Mazraoui, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies - Goretzka, Gravenberch - Sane, Musiala, Mane - Gnabry

BAYERN SUBS

Ulreich, Pavard, Choupo-Moting, Sabitzer, Tel, Stanisic

PLZEN STARTING LINE-UP

Tvrdon - Holik, Hejda (c), Pernica, Havel - N’Diaye, Kalvach - Kopic, Vlkanova, Mosquera - Chory

PLZEN SUBS

Jedlicka, Stanek, Tijani, Pilar, Kliment, Jemelka, Cermak, Jirka, Bassey

STAY TUNED!

After wins over Inter and Barca, Bayern put their perfect start on the line against Czech champions Plzen.