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Battling Bayern resist late Lyon onslaught

Bayern have finished top of Champions League Group F after recording a maiden away victory over Lyon, but although the men from Munich were cruising at 3-0 up, a stroll turned into a scrap in a proverbial game of two halves featuring five goals and plenty of entertainment.

Miroslav Klose silenced the majority of the 38,349 at the Stade Gerland with a 12th-minute opener for the visitors, who proceeded ruthlessly to run up a three-goal lead at half time through Franck Ribery and a second from Klose.

The scoreline was a trifle harsh on the home side, who made a couple of good chances and hit a post in the first period, but veteran Sidney Govou and star striker Karim Benzema slashed the arrears after the restart to set up a rousing final 20 minutes.

Bayern spent the closing stages under the cosh as the French side pressed for an equaliser, but keeper Michael Rensing pulled off a string of blinding saves to seal the three points and help extend his side’s unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions.

Two changes for Klinsmann

Bayern showed two changes to the team which beat Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim last Friday. Lucio (flu) and Ze Roberto (muscle strain) remained in Munich, with Martin Demichelis partnering Daniel van Buyten at centre-half, and Tim Borowski sharing the midfield holding duties with captain Mark van Bommel.

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