Piraeus - Thomas Müller maintained his rich vein of form in front of goal, scoring twice to help FC Bayern München to victory in their UEFA Champions League curtain-raiser at Olympiacos FC.
OLYMPIACOS FC 0-3 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
0-1 Müller (52’), 0-2 Götze (89’), 0-3 Müller (pen. 90+2’)
Backed by their boisterous fans, the Greek hosts pushed early on, and Manuel Neuer would have had greater problems denying Brown Ideye if the Nigeria forward had applied more power and direction to his header. Ideye was handily placed to clear a Robert Lewandowski header off the line as Bayern began to threaten midway through the first half, and Roberto then brilliantly denied the Poland international with his feet. Juan Bernat and Xabi Alonso both sent shots flashing perillously close to the home goal as Bayern ended the opening period bullishly.
They were able to puff their chests out still further when Müller put them ahead, but his understated celebration appeared to confirm the suspicion his arcing shot over Roberto had indeed been a miscued cross. The ever-alert Neuer tipped over an Ideye shot, though he must have been relieved to see Leandro Salino shoot wastefully when clean through late on. Bayern were more clinical at the opposite end with substitute Mario Götze adding a second before Müller coolly stroked home from the spot after Kingsley Coman had been brought down.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Given Müller’s form of late, it was perhaps no surprise to see the Germany international score yet again. He deserved the luck for his first, and showed characteristic poise for his second.
His achievements in football already make it barely credible that Müller is still only 26. His start to the Champions League campaign mirrored that of his opening to the Bundesliga season. The mouthwatering question is: just how much better can he get?
- It was Bayern’s first Champions League away win in five attempts.
- The Bundesliga record champions have now triumphed in their last 12 Matchday One games.
- Müller’s brace took him to 30 Champions League goals, one more than Roy Makaay.
- Manuel Neuer made his 50th Champions League appearance.
Olympiacos: Roberto – Elabdellaoui, Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku – Leandro Salino, Cambiasso (Fortounis 66’), Kasami – Dominguez (Hernani 61’) – Pardo (Seba 81’), Ideye
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Alaba, Bernat – Vidal (Götze 79’), Xabi Alonso (Kimmich 76’), Thiago Alcantara – Müller, Lewandowski (Coman 59’), Costa