Franck Ribery's first-half penalty was followed by David Alaba’s second goal of the competition, sending the hosts into the half-time break two goals to the good. Ribery completed his brace midway through the second half, before Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze completed the rout to move the reigning champions three points clear of Manchester City FC.
A Bayern side fresh from their 4-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 set their stall early. Diego Contento looked assured in his new role at centre-half, stepping out of defence in the first minute to find Ribery, whose cross was guided just over by Mario Mandzukic. It was to be a familiar tale though, as Mandzukic and Arjen Robben both spurned chances in the opening 20 minutes. However, just as Bayern looked to be getting frustrated by a resolute Plzen defence and the heroics of keeper Matus Kozacik, Robben, on a trademark run cutting in from the right was felled inside the area.
The referee awarded a penalty and Ribery stepped up to convert cooly from twelve yards. The goal should have opened the floodgates, as Robben and Mandzukic again lacked a clinical touch in front of goal, while Daniel van Buyten's bullet header drew a superb reflex save out of Kozacik. Alaba eventually doubled the lead in the 37th minute, driving through from deep to tuck the ball into the bottom corner, handing the reigning European champions a deserved lead at half-time.
Bayern's slow start to the second half against a reorganised Plzen defence was shaken into life by a truly marvellous piece of skill from Ribery in the 61st minute. The Frenchman’s solo effort almost rendered Robben’s assist futile, his twisting and turning past marker Radim Reznik guiding him into the box before lifting the most delicate of chips over Kozacik. No sooner had the crowd had time to stop applauding than Bayern were at it again.
Substitute Götze snuck his way into space in the box, pulling back a low cross for Schweinsteiger to convert from the six-yard line and pick up the goal his calm, influential performance deserved. He and Kroos guided the game to its conclusion from deep in midfield, and Claudio Pizarro could have increased the margin of victory. It was Götze's late finish though that sent the crowd home marvelling at the plethora of talent that was on show during a chilly night at the Allianz Arena.
FC Bayern München: Neuer - Rafinha, van Buyten, Contento, Alaba - Lahm (Götze, 61') - Robben, Schweinsteiger, T. Kroos, Ribery (Müller, 67') - Mandzukic (Pizarro, 71')
FC Viktoria Plzen: Kozacik - Reznik, Cisovsky, Hubnik, Limbersky (Kovarik, 75') - Prochzka, Horvath (Duris, 61') - Rajtoral, Horava, Petrzela (Tecl, 86') - Kolar
Goals: 1-0, Ribery (pen. 25'), 2-0, Alaba (37'), 3-0, Ribery (61'), 4-0, Schweinsteiger (64'), 5-0, Götze (90+4')
Daniel Thacker reporting from the Allianz Arena
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