Substitute Mario Mandžukić scored the only goal as FC Bayern München defeated a valiant FC Viktoria Plzeň to move into the knockout stages with a record-equalling ninth successive UEFA Champions League win.
Hitherto irresistible in Group D, their 5-0 victory in the reverse fixture included, the holders had been expected to march triumphantly into the last 16. Instead, Josep Guardiola's men were frustrated by Plzeň's endeavour as much as their own uncharacteristic shortcomings in the final third until Mandžukić headed in after 65 minutes.
We learned our lesson from the defeat at Bayern. I am pleased we played such a good game against a team I consider to be one of the best in the world.
Pavel Vrba, Plzeň coach
It is not very easy to qualify for the knockout round after just four matches. We can be proud of this but we still have some room for improvement.
Toni Kroos, Bayern midfielder
|1||Kozáčik (GK)||1||Neuer (GK)|
|13||Bolek (GK)||22||Starke (GK)|
|Pavel Vrba (CZE)||Josep Guardiola (ESP)|
|Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)|
|D||Man. City||CSKA Moskva|
|A||Real Sociedad||Man. United|