Champions League

Bayern secure top spot

2012-12-06 07:23
Mario Gomez, right (AFP)

Munich - A largely second string Bayern Munich comfortably secured top spot in Group F of the Champions League with a 4-1 victory at home to BATE Borisov in a match in which both teams finished with 10 men on Wednesday.

For Bayern it was a measure of revenge for BATE's 3-1 win in Belarus in taking Group F honours with 13 points while BATE had already guaranteed third place and a spot in the Europa League Round of 32 with six points.

Mario Gomez gave Bayern the lead after 22 minutes but the hosts were reduced to 10 men when defender Jerome Boateng was sent off after 51 minutes.

However, Thomas Mueller doubled their lead in the 54th minute and Xherdan Shaqiri ended the match as a contest by making it 3-0 after 66 minutes.

BATE also finished the game with 10 men as Denis Polyakov was given a second warning for diving in the box in the 69th minute - David Alaba made it 4-0 in the 83rd minute before Yegor Filipenko scored a consolation goal for Borisov in the 89th minute.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said that revenge had been on their mind for their surprise loss in Belarus.

"For us, it was a must win after the loss in Borisov," said Neuer.

"Of course there was a little bit of revenge. We wanted to show that we were the better team. But it was a little aggravating that we conceded the one goal."

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said it was mission accomplished.

"I am satisfied. Our goal was to win the game and win the group. We did that in an impressive manner with a lot of reserve players," he said.

BATE had the first chance of the game after 11 minutes but Neuer saved Aretm Kontesevoi's low shot to his right.

Bayern grabbed the lead in the 22nd minute as Shaqiri fought his way through the left side and crossed into the box where Gomez poked the ball past BATE keeper Andrei Gorbunov for his first Champions League goal of the season and 21st of his career.

Bayern were close to doubling the lead in the 39th minute with Toni Kroos turning and unleashing a blast from 19 yards which Gorbunov did well batting out of danger.

Bayern went a man down in the 51st minute as Boateng was shown red for his foul on Kontsevoi.

But that didn't matter as Munich made it 2-0 in the 54th minute with Mueller volleying in Bastian Schweinsteiger's header pass off Kroos's long pass from the left side.

Gomez and Shaqiri swapped roles on Bayern's third goal in the 66th minute as Gomez chipped a pass from the left side into the box where the diminutive Shaqiri (1.69m) headed home from five yards out to make it 3-0.

The visitors night worsened as Polyakov was booked a second time for overacting.

Alaba got on the score sheet in the 83rd minute as the Austrian international ran onto Ribery's corner and blasted a left footed shot into the lower left corner to make it 4-0.

BATE grabbed a consolation goal in the 89th minute with Filipenko beating Neuer from about 15 yards out.

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