Progress through the UEFA Champions League group stage can be a nervy affair, but FC Bayern München did it in style with a game to spare by defeating SK Rapid Wien 4-0 last night.
'Plenty of positives'
Coach Felix Magath was not slow to praise his players, saying: "Sebastian Deisler gave a classy performance; Bastian Schweinsteiger was class in the second half; Philipp Lahm made a first Champions League appearance of the season; Roy Makaay scored twice; and Oliver Kahn pulled off a great reaction save to preserve a clean sheet. I saw plenty of positives."
Deisler ran the midfield in the absence of the injured Michael Ballack, and was first on the scoresheet in the 21st minute. Ali Karimi added another and Makaay then struck twice, although Deisler felt the scoreline could have been even more emphatic. "We could have won by a lot more if we'd been more clinical in front of goal, it could easily have ended 5-0 or 6-0," he said. "But we can be very satisfied with the 4-0 victory. I'm delighted I've opened my scoring account at home in the Champions League. I'm feeling great at the moment."
First place aim
Bayern may be through, but they must still at least match Juventus' result in a fortnight's time if they want to win the section and ensure seeding for the first knockout round draw. Their three second-half goals ensured they overtook the Italian champions despite Juve's win against Club Brugge KV, and Kahn said: "At half-time, we agreed we should up the tempo and see if we could win the group. The team responded magnificently. We desperately want to end up on top of the group, so we'll have to give it 100 per cent in Bruges."
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