Robert Lewandowski scored twice as FC Bayern München finished their UEFA Champions League Group F campaign with a routine 2-0 win away to GNK Dinamo Zagreb.
Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski (61’), 0-2 Lewandowski (64’)
A much-changed Bayern side took to the field in the Croatian capital safe in the knowledge that they were already assured of their place in the last 16 as group winners. The first opening of the night fell to Medhi Benatia, but the Moroccan defender was unable to guide his header on target. Franck Ribery, making his first start since 11 March, tested Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo, before Lewandowski saw a scuffed goalbound effort cleared by Leonardo Sigali. El Arbi Hillel Soudani spurned the hosts’ most presentable chances, firing straight at Champions League debutant Sven Ulreich and sending a free header over the crossbar.
After a stop-start first half, the pendulum swung firmly in Bayern’s following the introduction of Thomas Müller. The Germany international sent a stunning cross onto the head of Lewandowski for the Pole’s first of the night, before himself missing a fantastic opportunity to make it two. The Bayern fans were celebrating moments later, however, thanks to a fine dinked finish from Lewandowski. Dinamo showed signs of life as Rafinha denied Soudani a certain goal and Josip Pivaric rifled against the woodwork, but Bayern could just have easily added to their lead through Philipp Lahm, Lewandowski and Müller, the latter hitting the post from the penalty spot three minutes from time.
Man of the match
Lewandowski grabbed the goals, but it was Müller’s immediate impact as a second-half substitute that gave Bayern the edge. As ever, his movement was exceptional, but his assist for the game’s opener was something else.
While the game mattered little to Bayern on paper, Pep Guardiola’s three second-half changes - Müller, Jerome Boateng and Arturo Vidal - underlined the record German champions’ insatiable will to win. They are the team to avoid in the knockout rounds.
- Bayern had 12 attempts on goal to Zagreb’s four.
- Lewandowski has scored five goals in this season’s Champions League.
- The draw for the last 16 takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday.
Zagreb: Eduardo - Ivo Pinto, Sigali, Taravel, Pvaric - Antolic (c), Goncalo, Rog (Pavicic 81’) - Coric (Pjaca 61’) - Soudani, Junior Fernandes (Machado 74’)
Bayern: Ulreich - Lahm (c), Javi Martinez, Benatia (Boateng 46’), Rafinha - Xabi Alonso - Rode, Kimmich - Green (Vidal 62’), Ribery (Müller 46’) - Lewandowski