Beijing - FC Bayern München began their leg of the Bundesliga World Tour 2015 on a winning note by beating Valencia CF 4-1 at the Bird's Nest Stadium.
Thomas Müller opened the scoring for the German champions in the 16th minute, but Rodrigo restored parity 11 minutes later. Müller completed a brace on the stroke of half-time, however, before Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski found the net in the second period as Pep Guardiola's side ran out deserved victors.
With a powerful starting line-up that included new signing Douglas Costa, Bayern began on the front foot in Beijing. Guardiola's side were customarily confident in possession and took a deserved lead when Müller applied a lovely finish to Philipp Lahm's cross in the 16th minute. Thiago was next to threaten, hitting the post after good work from Costa out wide before Rodrigo headed the Spanish side level in the 27th minute. Sven Ulreich produced a good save from the goalscorer ten minutes later but Bayern reclaimed the lead when Lahm again teed up Müller to finish calmly seconds before the break.
Müller's strike came at a perfect time for the record German champions, who began the second half buoyed by the one-goal advantage. It didn't take long for Guardiola's side to ram home their superiority, Thiago producing a fine finish after good work from Costa out wide in the 54th minute. Lewandowski underlined Bayern's dominance with an excellent solo goal 20 minutes from time, and although substitute Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg struck the woodwork late on, it mattered little as Bayern took the spoils.