Thursday 29 September 2016

Five-star Bayern hit ground running

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Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich celebrates with his team mate Arturo Vidal after scoring. Photo: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich celebrates with his team mate Arturo Vidal after scoring. Photo: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Bayern Munich crushed Champions League newcomers Rostov 5-0 with two goals from youngster Joshua Kimmich to kick off their Group D campaign and set a competition record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

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The 21-year-old Germany international struck twice in the second half after striker Robert Lewandowski converted a 28th-minute penalty and Thomas Mueller added another goal on the stroke of half-time to kill off any chances of a Russian comeback.

Kimmich's two goals in eight minutes confirmed his fine scoring form after he grabbed his first league goal last week and also netted in Germany's World Cup qualifier earlier this month. Juan Bernat swept home Bayern's fifth in the 90th minute.

Bayern, who gave new coach Carlo Ancelotti a winning start in the competition, next play Atletico Madrid, who rode their luck and came away with a valuable three points at PSV Eindhoven thanks to a fine first-half volley from Saul Niguez.

PSV had a goal disallowed, missed a penalty and had two further strong shouts for a spot-kick waved away as last year's runners-up Atletico got their campaign off to a fortuitous start.

Meanwhile, a first-half brace from Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik gave Napoli a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in their Group B clash in Ukraine.

Denys Harmash drew first blood for the home side, hitting the back of the net in the 26th minute but his effort was soon cancelled out and Milik headed home his second of the night just before the break.

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