FC Bayern München continued their dream start to the 2016/2017 season with a comfortable UEFA Champions League win over FC Rostov at the Allianz Arena to go top of Group D.
Russian League runners-up Rostov were making their Champions League bow in Bavaria, and unsurprisingly, new coach Ivan Daniliants opted for a 5-3-2 formation in an attempt to neutralise Bayern's formidable attack. It worked like a charm for 25 minutes, as the hosts dominated possession but failed to carve out any clear-cut chances. However, when Robert Lewandowski was pulled down in the area and stroked home the resulting penalty, the writing was on the wall for the visitors. They faced even more of an uphill battle when Thomas Müller turned in David Alaba's cross on the stroke of half-time - the Germany marksman giving the Allianz Arena a present on his 27th birthday.
In the second half, Joshua Kimmich then showed why he is so highly rated. After scoring his first goal for Germany against Norway, then a first Bundesliga goal against FC Schalke 04, the 21-year-old also opened his Champions League account - scoring twice for good measure. His quick-fire double at the start of the second half put the result beyond doubt, as Bayern continued their perfect start to life under Carlo Ancelotti. The one negative for the Italian was having to bring defender Mats Hummels off early in the second half after he took a boot to the face - but his replacement, Juan Bernat, rounded out an emphatic 5-0 victory late on. It was that kind of night for the German champions, who are off to a flying start on the Road to Cardiff.
- Bayern have set a new Champions League record for successive home wins (13), beating the previous mark set by Manchester United FC. Lewandowski has scored nine goals in his last four games for club and country.The Bavarians have won their last ten Champions League matches in which Lewandowski has scored. As a coach, Ancelotti has a 100 per cent record against Russian opposition. His Juventus side beat Rostov 4-0 away and 5-1 at home in the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup.Bayern have won all five of their competitive matches this season, scoring 20 goals and conceding none.
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Hummels (Bernat 51'), Alaba - Kimmich, Vidal, Thiago (Sanches 71') - Müller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa (Ribéry 64')
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Rostov: Dzhanaev - Terentyev, Mevlja, Navas, Granat, Kalachev - Erokhin, Gatskan (c), Noboa - Azmoun (Prepelita 64'), Poloz (Doumbia 46')
Coach: Ivan Daniliants