FC Bayern München returned to winning ways ahead of their Bundesliga showdown against Borussia Mönchengladbach with a morale-boosting victory over PSV Eindhoven in UEFA Champions League Group D.
Second in the group following their 1-0 defeat to Club Atletico de Madrid on Matchday 2 and having dropped points in their last two Bundesliga outings, Bayern emerged from the tunnel hell-bent on setting the record straight against a PSV side currently fourth in the Eredivise standings. Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba both had chances, before Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich gave the Bundesliga leaders a commanding lead. PSV had barely had a touch, but after Gaston Pereiro had a goal ruled out for offside, Luciano Narsingh struck late in the half to reduce the arrears.
After former Gladbach forward Luuk De Jong headed over, Bayern were indebted to Manuel Neuer for preventing PSV from drawing level early in the second half. The world's best goalkeeper pulled off a superb reaction save to thwart Pereiro in a moment of magic that appeared to relight the fire in the Bayern bellies. Lewandowski ended a five-match goalless run after some great work by the effervescent Robben, who later found time to cap a 31-pass move and put the seal on a welcome and richly deserved win.
After going three matches in all competitions without a win, Bayern responded like only they know how. The Bundesliga champions were electric at times, and will go into Saturday's blockbuster at home to Gladbach with a genuine spring in their step.
- Bayern have won 27 of the 33 Champions League matches in which Müller has scored.Lewandowski has scored 34 times in 55 Champions League outings. Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (39) and Lionel Messi (54) needed fewer games to reach the 34-goal mark.Kimmich has scored six goals in his last eight games for Bayern.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Boateng, Hummels, Alaba - Alonso - Kimmich (Martinez 85'), Thiago - Robben (Sanches 87'), Lewandowski, Müller (Costa 71')
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
PSV: Zoet - Brenet, Schwaab (Zinchenko 85'), Moreno, Willems - Pröpper, S. de Jong - Pereiro (Bergwijn 77'), Guardado (Isimat-Mirin 61') Narsingh, L. de Jong (c)
Coach: Phillip Cocu