Bayern Munich beat Viktoria Plzen 4-2 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League round of 16, after punishing the Czech champions in a relentless first half in which he scored four goals.
The victory, combined with Barcelona’s draw with Inter Milan (3-3), has placed Bayern in the round of 16, while the Czechs, in last place in Group C, will say goodbye in the group stage .
“It’s always nice to win away from home. We have 12 points from four games in the toughest group and we are through to the round of 16,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann told reporters.
“Now we want to be first in the group. This victory gives us the necessary peace of mind ahead of Freiburg on Sunday. That was our objective and we have achieved it”.
The Germans, who have gone a record 32 group stage games without defeat, scored the first goal after 10 minutes, when Sadio Mané played one-on-one with Leon Goretzka before putting the ball into the net.
Thomas Müller, who was substituted midway through the first half as a precaution, doubled the visitors’ lead minutes later, finishing off a Kingsley Coman cross with only the Plzen goalkeeper present.
“He’s had some back trouble, a nerve,” Nagelsmann said. “It’s nothing big or serious, but we didn’t want to take any chances for the weekend.”
Bayern have won all four of their group stage games and sit top of the table with 12 points, followed by Inter Milan on seven and Barcelona on four. Plzen are still without a point in the competition.