Munich - After multiple appearances in the qualifying rounds for his former club Dinamo Zagreb, Mario Mandzukic got his first taste of the Champions League proper for Bayern Munich against Valencia CF on Wednesday evening.

It proved to be an ambivalent experience for the Croatian goalgetter, who had to be content with a role off the bench for the final half-hour and missed a last-second penalty for good measure - much to his own evident annoyance, and that of head coach Jupp Heynckes.

Bayern ran out 2-1 winners against their Spanish opponents nonetheless and in interview after the Group F opener, was already looking ahead rather than dwelling on missed opportunities.

Question: Mario Mandzukic, what's your own take on that added-time penalty?

Mario Mandzukic: I just didn't hit it well, simple as that. But that's pretty much done and dusted already, there are more important things to think about coming up on Saturday. That's what I've got to focus on now.

Question: What precisely went wrong with the penalty?

Mandzukic: Like I said, it was badly taken. What else can I say?

Question: FC Bayern won 2-1 nonetheless. Was that a successful start to this season's Champions League campaign?

Mandzukic: It was important that we won. They're our strongest opponents in the group. We were aiming for a home win, and we got it.

Question: It all got pretty tense again at the finish. What could you have done better in the closing stages of the match?

Mandzukic: You'll need to ask the coach, he'll know the right answer to that one.

Question: Next up for FC Bayern is a trip to Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. What sort of a game are you expecting there?

Mandzukic: A very hotly-contested, high-tempo one. We need to start focusing on that straight away. Obviously, we're going there looking to win it.

Tim Tonner reporting from Munich