FC Bayern München qualified for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds as Group F winners after easing past Greek side Olympiacos FC 4-0 on Tuesday evening.
Pep Guardiola handed fit-again Holger Badstuber a place in the starting XI after recovering from a lengthy injury lay-off, but the rest of his side was geared to attack as Bayern looked to seal top spot with victory. The opening goal was not long in coming, with Douglas Costa slotting in the rebound after Jerome Boateng’s long-range shot was parried. Robert Lewandowski soon added a second, firing in from the edge of the box after Kingsley Coman’s mishit fell kindly to him.
Thomas Müller effectively killed the game off as a contest after 20 minutes, tapping in from Arjen Robben’s headed pull-back as Bayern threatened to run riot. However, their chances of doing so were hampered after the break when Badstuber was shown a straight red card for bringing down Brown Ideye as the last man. It was of little consequence, however, as Bayern were able to score again when Coman headed in from Müller’s knockdown to cap a comfortable victory for the Bavarians.
Man of the match
Müller demonstrated the full range of his abilities here, at times playing wide right, at times in central midfield and also playing up front after Lewandowski was substituted off. The 26-year-old scored one, created another and completed over 87 per cent of his passes in an outstanding display.
Bayern eased to victory here without ever needing to hit top gear and without the attacking talents of Franck Ribery, Mario Götze and Thiago, while Robben limped off with a knock just after the our mark. With everyone fit and fighting for a place in the team, they will be even harder to stop.
- Arturo Vidal won more tackles (12) than any other player.
- Bayern had 19 shots on goal to Olympiacos’ seven.
- Manuel Neuer had more touches of the ball (59) than any Olympiacos player.
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber – Vidal – Robben (Kimmich 33’), Müller, Costa (Martinez 72’), Coman – Lewandowski (Benatia 56’)
Olympiacos: Roberto – Elabdellaoui (Salino 78’), Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku – Cambiasso – Kasami (Fortounis 67’), Milivojevic – Pardo (Hernani 67’), Ideye, Seba