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Sunday 18 February 2018

Robben magic puts Bayern in driving seat

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP

Arjen Robben set up the first goal and scored a superb second to give Bayern Munich a comfortable 2-0 win over FC Zurich in the first leg of their Champions League play-off last night.

Robben provided the cross for Bastian Schweinsteiger to head Bayern ahead in the eighth minute and curled in the second after 72 minutes as Bayern dominated the Swiss outsiders in Munich.

Wisla Krakow and Odense, both attempting to qualify for the Champions League for the first time, won 1-0 at home to APOEL and Villarreal respectively.

Brazilian playmaker Sammir scored twice to help Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb to a 4-1 win at home to former European Cup finalists Malmo, and Maccabi Haifa beat Genk 2-1.

In the Championship, big-spending Leicester City were stunned by Bristol City as two goals from Nicky Maynard gave the visitors a 2-1 victory at the Walkers Stadium.

In what was a good night for the away teams, newly-promoted Brighton joined Southampton at the top of the table when they overcame Cardiff 3-1 away from home.

Derby County beat Blackpool 1-0 thanks to a goal from Craig Bryson.

Irish Independent

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