Bayern Munich’s historic Champions League group stage run continued with a 4-2 defeat of Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich beat Viktoria Plzen 4-2 to make it a record 11 straight UEFA Champions League group stage victories and seal their place in the last 16.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side – who are looking to match their best form on home soil – went into half-time four goals down after goals from Sadio Mane, Thomas Muller and a brace from Leon Goretzka leveled the game at the Doosan Arena at the break on Wednesday.
Adam Vlkanova and Jan Kliment reduced the lead in the second half, but Bayern were never in real danger of conceding a turnover.
Bayern moved to 12 points in Group C, out of reach of third-placed Barcelona, and secured their place in the knockout stages.
The Bundesliga champions took the lead inside 10 minutes, Mane playing a clever one-two with Goretzka before coolly slotting past Jindřich Staňko.
They doubled their lead four minutes later with Muller pouncing on Kingsley Coman’s low cross.
With Pilsen’s defense left well out of reach, Bayern made sure to capitalize – Goretzka added to his earlier assist in the 25th minute to add a goal.
Muller’s injury threatened to spoil a runaway first half, though Goretzka had his second before long, beating Stanko from Leroy Sane’s neat pass.
Erik Jirka almost got a goal for Plzeň after the restart, but he could only hit the side netting with a powerful drive, before Sven Ulreich deflected Luďek Pernici’s header onto the post.
Ulreich was beaten in the 62nd minute – Vlkanova found the bottom left corner with a great strike from outside.
Kilmento’s excellent finish gave the home side some hope, but Bayern saw out the remaining minutes.