Bayern easily see off Rostov

FC Bayern München kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign in convincing fashion as they dispatched FC Rostov 5-0 at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.

FC Bayern München 4 FC Rostov 0
Lewandowski penalty gives Bayern lead
Muller adds a second before half-time
Kimmich bags a brace in second half
Bernat completes rout at the death

Match Summary

With Atletico Madrid and PSV also contesting Group D, Bayern looked to make a statement in their opener and they did just that by putting five unanswered goals past the Russian Premier League outfit.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring on 28 minutes with a penalty, which the striker earned himself after being fouled by Aleksandr Gatskan, and Thomas Muller made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

A brace from Joshua Kimmich early in the second half put the game to bed and Juan Bernat completed the rout in the final minute.

Full Report

The visitors did well to stem Bayern in the opening stages, with Cesar Navas making a couple of timely interceptions to deny Lewandowski to chance to pull the trigger.

Kimmich looked to test Rostov goalkeeper with a 20th-minute free-kick that narrowly flew over the crossbar, before he crossed for Lewandowski moments later but the shot lacked sufficient power to beat Soslan Dzhanaev.

Kimmich then made a surging run down the right flank before cutting inside and unleashing a shot that once again flashed over the bar, while a cross from the midfielder on 24 minutes was steered wide by Lewandowski.

However, the Poland international gave the hosts the lead four minutes later after he won and converted a penalty. Mats Hummels almost doubled their advantage on 39 minutes from a corner, but Dzhanaev pulled off a fine save to thwart the defender's powerful header.

Bayern would strike again just before the interval, though, when Muller got just ahead of his marker to guide his volley past Dzhanaev from David Alaba's cross.

Navas was presented with a chance for Selmashi seven minutes after the restart as they made rare foray up-field, but the defender's strike was comfortably dealt with by Manuel Neuer. Bayern then went up the pitch and extended their lead from a swift counter-attacking move, Kimmich getting on the end of Costa's cross to beat Dzhanaev from close range.

Dzhanaev had to be alert to prevent Rostov from falling further behind on 55 minutes as he made a sharp save to deny Costa, before Lewandowski somehow failed to covert a cross from the Brazilian two minutes later.

But the visiting keeper was beaten again on 59 minutes when Kimmich directed a header from Bernat's cross out of his reach to put the Bundesliga champions 4-0 up.

Arturo Vidal produced another smart save out of Dzhanaev with his long-range effort on 66 minutes, although there were chances for Rostov too as Alexandr Erokhin sent a header straight at Neuer from Timofei Kalachev's cross with six minutes to go.

Bayern just looked to see out the final few minutes as they knocked the ball about, but they did manage a fifth at the death, Bernat thrashing home Franck Ribery's pass from the left following a marauding run down the flank from the French winger.