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Muller spot on as Bayern top their group

CSKA Moscow 0 Bayern Munich 1

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Thomas Mueller (2nd L) of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the UEFA Champions League group E match between CSKA Moskva and FC Bayern Muenchen at Khimki Arena on September 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Thomas Mueller (2nd L) of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the UEFA Champions League group E match between CSKA Moskva and FC Bayern Muenchen at Khimki Arena on September 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen scores the opening goal with a penalty during the UEFA Champions League group E match between CSKA Moskva and FC Bayern Muenchen at Khimki Arena on September 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Josep Guardiola, head coach of Bayern Muenchen looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group E match between CSKA Moskva and FC Bayern Muenchen at Khimki Arena on September 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A first-half penalty by Thomas Mueller was sufficient for Bayern Munich to beat Russian champions CSKA Moscow and make it two wins from two matches in their Champions League group stage campaign.

Bayern, winners in 2013 but beaten by eventual champions Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season, have six points from two games, with Italian side Roma able to join them if they beat English champions Manchester City later on Tuesday.

CSKA have no points from two matches after receiving no boost from the home support for this game as the crowd were banned after unrest during the group game with Viktoria Plzen last season led Uefa to impose a ban.

Five-time European champions Bayern got the break their early pressure deserved when Mario Goetze was brought down by Mario Fernandes in the 21st minute, although there was a doubt as to whether the offence took place outside the box, but Scottish referee William Collum pointed straight to the spot.

However, Mueller paid no attention to the fuss or to the pleas from the sidelines as Bayern coach Pep Guardiola urged Robert Lewandowski to take the penalty. The German international stepped up and converted the spot kick.

CSKA did brighten up after going behind and threatened through Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa, but Manuel Neuer got down well to block and when Musa squared the ball to Zoran Tosic, the Serbian blazed wastefully over.

The hosts went close to levelling twice more in the first half, on both occasions through the impressive Roman Eremenko, who turned brilliantly and unleashed a sweetly-struck shot that just went over the bar.

Then, close to half-time, the 27-year-old Russian-born Finnish international fired in a shot from the edge of the area which clipped the stanchion with Neuer beaten.

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