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UCL: Bayern Munich picks up win over CSKA Moscow in empty Arena Khimki

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Bayern players, rear, celebrate scoring as CSKA’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev gets up after failing to stop a penalty during the Group E Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich at Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)


A 22nd minute Thomas Muller penalty was all Bayern Munich needed to pick up its second win in a very difficult Group E of the UEFA Champions League.

Mario Gotze drew the penalty after a battle with Mario Fernandes inside the box, and Bayern won 1-0.

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Despite the win, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola was not thrilled to play to an empty house.

CSKA Moscow was punished by UEFA for multiple fan incidents that ran from the racist to the violent, to the racist and violent.

From the BBC:

“I’ve never experienced it and I hope it’s the last time,” said Guardiola of playing in a virtually empty stadium.

“We will have to adapt to the situation, but it’s a little strange all the same.”

Bayern enjoyed almost 80 percent possession in the match, and is now atop the group before AS Roma and Manchester City tangle this afternoon. Roma blasted Moscow 5-1 in the group openers, while Bayern edged City 1-0.

The Bavarians travel to AS Roma on Oct. 21, while Moscow hosts City on the same date.


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