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Joint favourites City and Bayern in lockstep

In an exact mirror of Bayern’s Matchday 1 result, Manchester City opened their Champions League Group D campaign with a 3–0 victory. In the fixture away to Czech Republic outfit Viktoria Plzen, the Blues dominated throughout and emerged as deserved winners. The Premier League side easily won the first-half shot count 10–2, with Sergio Agüero hitting a post after 26 minutes, but the game remained goalless at the break. City, without former Bayern defender Martin Demichelis due to a knee injury, settled the outcome in the space of 11 second-half minutes: Edin Dzeko (48), Yaya Touré (54) and Agüero (58) scored the goals which see Munich and the Blues go dead level at the top of the section.

New club record for FCB

Thanks to Tuesday night’s comfortable victory over CSKA, Bayern set a new club record in the Champions League by winning their last six games on the trot, something even the Reds have not achieved in the past. The previous best run of five straight victories came in the trophy-winning 2000/01 campaign.

Milestone for Müller

Thomas Müller had two reasons to celebrate following the Champions League success against CSKA Moscow. Apart from the three points for the team, the 24-year-old passed a personal milestone by making his 50th appearance in European competition. Of Thomas’s 50 matches, 47 were in the Champions League.