Bayern break Barcelona's record Champions League winning streak with CSKA victory

The Bavarians’ triumph in Russia was their 10th in a row in Europe’s premier club cup competition, thus surpassing the mark set by the Blaugrana during the 2002-03 tournament

Bayern Munich’s 3-1 defeat of CSKA Moscow at Arena Khimki on Wednesday evening saw them break Barcelona’s record of nine straight victories in the Champions League.

The Bavarians last failed to win a match in Europe’s top tournament in a dead rubber against Arsenal in the second leg of the last 16 in 2012-13, when they went down 2-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern progressed on the night on the away goals rule, thanks to their 3-1 success at the Emirates, and then went on to claim resounding aggregate victories over both Juventus and Barcelona in the last eight and semi-finals, before Arjen Robben’s late winner saw them triumph against Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Despite changing coach over the summer, with Pep Guardiola taking over from Jupp Heynckes, Bayern have begun the current season in a similar vein, with the highlight of the their 2013-14 campaign so far coming at the Etihad Stadium, where they recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over the Premier League heavyweights.

A subsequent home-and-away success over Viktoria Plzen took their winning run to nine games, thus equalling the previous record set by Barcelona back in 2002-03.

The Blaugrana’s streak started with a 3-2 win over Club Brugge in matchday 1 and finished in February with a 0-0 draw against Inter in the second group stage.

Robben got the ball rolling for the Bavarians in Russia on Wednesday, driving home an early effort after an excellent team move.

Mario Gotze doubled their advantage with a magnificent solo goal and, though Keisuke Honda pulled one back with a penalty, a spot kick from Thomas Muller restored Guardiola’s side’s two-goal advantage.

Bayern are also in the midst of a record-breaking run in the Bundesliga, having gone 38 games without defeat.

Bayern break Barcelona's record Champions League winning streak

The Bavarians’ 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday was their 10th in a row in Europe’s top competition, beating the Blaugrana’s long-standing best tally of nine

Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in Russia on Wednesday saw them break Barcelona’s record of nine straight wins in the competition.

PERFECT 10

April 2
Juventus (h) 2-0
April 10 Juventus (a) 2-0
April 23 Barcelona (h) 4-0
May 1 Barcelona (a) 3-0
May 25 Dortmund (n) 2-1
September 17 CSKA (h) 3-0
October 2 Man City (a) 3-1
October 23 Plzen (h) 5-0
November 5 Plzen (a) 1-0
November 27 CSKA (a) X

The Bavarians last failed to win a match in Europe’s top tournament in a dead rubber against Arsenal in the second leg of the last 16 in 2012-13.

They went on to claim convincing aggregate victories over both Juventus and Barcelona in the last eight and semi-finals before Arjen Robben’s late winner saw them triumph against Borussia Dortmund in the final.

They have begun the current season in a similar vein on the continent, with the highlight of the this term’s campaign coming at the Etihad Stadium, where they beat Manchester City 3-0.

Barcelona set the previous record back in 2002-03, beginning with a 3-2 win over Club Brugge in matchday 1 and finishing in February with a 0-0 draw against Inter in the second group stage.

Robben got the ball rolling for the Bavarians, driving home an early effort after an excellent team move.

Mario Gotze doubled their advantage with a magnificent solo goal and, though Keisuke Honda pulled one back with a penalty, a spot kick from Thomas Muller restored Pep Guardiola’s side two-goal advantage.

Bayern are also in the midst of a record-breaking run in the Bundesliga, having gone 38 games without defeat.

CSKA Moscow 1-3 Bayern Munich: Gotze wondergoal helps Bavarians break Barca record

Bayern Munich broke Barcelona’s record of Champions League wins by beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 for their 10th victory in a row on Wednesday.

Arjen Robben’s 10th goal of the season set the European champions on their way as the snow came down in the Russian capital and Mario Gotze doubled their lead early in the second half.

Keisuke Honda pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after spurning two golden opportunities after the break, but Thomas Muller responded with a spot kick at the other end to ensure Bayern surpassed the record of nine Champions League victories in a row set by Barca in 2002-03.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be confirmed as Group D winners if Manchester City fail to beat Viktoria Plzen later on Tuesday but, even if the Premier League side claim all three points, the German champions will only need a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s side next month to ensure they claim top spot.

Victory also marks a club record sixth consecutive away win in Europe for Bayern, while CSKA are still in the hunt for a place in the Europa League ahead of their final game against Plzen.

Bayern striker Mario Mandzukic was ruled out with a calf problem, so Gotze started in attack. CSKA were without in-form striker Seydou Doumbia due to injury and Ahmed Musa came in to replace him.

Guardiola warned his players to adapt quickly to the weather conditions and Bayern did just that to edge in front after 16 minutes.

Muller was the architect, racing away down the left and cutting the ball back into the path of the onrushing Robben, who made beat Igor Akinfeev with a clinical left-foot finish inside the near post.

Honda tried to be too clever when he attempted to round Manuel Neuer two minutes into the second half, but the German goalkeeper read his drag-back and smothered the ball.

Things went from bad to worse for the Japan international when a cross from the right fell nicely for him six yards out, but he fluffed his lines with the goal gaping.

And he was made to pay for those misses 11 minutes into the second half, when Gotze set off on a mazy run into the penalty and beat Akinfeev with a delightful left-foot finish.

CSKA were given a lifeline five minutes later, when Dante was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area and Honda this time kept his nerve to send Neuer the wrong way from the spot.

However, Bayern were awarded a spot kick of their own after 65 minutes when Georgi Schennikov upended Robben and Muller restored their two-goal advantage. Zoran Tosic hit the crossbar nine minutes from time, but Bayern never looked in danger of surrendering their lead.

Lahm: Bayern want Barca's Champions League record

The 30-year-old says wants to make it 10 European wins on the trot, while Pep Guardiola and Arjen Robben want to build on their emphatic Dortmund win

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says his side are desperate to break Barcelona’s record for most Champions League wins in a row when they face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Die Roten go into the game having won nine games on the bounce, which is a streak currently shared with Barca.

Lahm says that, although the Champions League holders have already qualified for the knockout stages, the incentive to make history will spur them on in Moscow.

“This is a very important game for us,” Lahm told Kicker. “We want to have the record on our own and keep it going for as long as possible.”

The Bavarians coach Pep Guardiola stressed that it will be a tough game for his side, particularly after the effort it took to beat rivals Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at the weekend.

“There is no doubt that this will be a difficult game for us,” the Spaniard said.

“We beat Dortmund, which was very important for the club and the players. Although we have already qualified from the group stages we still obviously want to win this match.”

Bayern winger Arjen Robben, 29, added: “We take a huge amount of confidence from the Dortmund game, but we know this will be tough.”

CSKA Moscow-Bayern Munich Betting Preview: Watertight visitors to set Champions League record

Al Hain-Cole expects Die Roten’s defensive prowess to ensure they claim a record 10 consecutive European win when they face a home side missing their most prolific danger man

Bayern Munich will be looking to secure a record 10th consecutive Champions League victory when they take on CSKA Moscow at the Khimki Arena on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men recorded an impressive 3-0 away win over Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund at the weekend and are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with Coral to wrap up top spot in Group D with victory in Russia.

Already eliminated from the competition, Koni are available at 6/1 (7.00) to guarantee themselves a place in the Europa League with a shock win against the holders.

There have been just five draws in these sides’ 44 games so far this season, but you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them cancelling each other out when they come face to face.

While the visitors are widely regarded as the most exciting team in Europe at the moment, their most outstanding quality has been a watertight defence.

With just seven goals against in 13 league games so far, Die Roten boast the Bundesliga’s best defensive record, while no team can match the single goal they have conceded in the Champions League.

This impregnability allowed them to ease to a 1-0 win over Viktoria Plzen with minimum effort last time out, and it may be a similar story on Wednesday against Leonid Slutsky’s side, who are missing main goal threat Seydou Doumbia through injury.

With seven goals in his last seven appearances, the Ivory Coast international represents a major loss for CSKA, and they will surely struggle to find the net without him.

Having kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Champions League games, Bayern offer excellent value at 31/20 (2.55) to come out on top without conceding against a side with just 20 goals to their name in the last 14 matches, just as they managed in September’s reverse fixture.
 


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