Champions League Match Preview: CSKA Moscow vs. Bayern Munich

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Updated: November 20, 2013
Bayern Munich

Match Date: 27 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Arena Khimki

 

There was initially a conjecture that CSKA Moscow could bury Bayern Munich in a surprise away win. However, it eventually became a myth after the German side slammed the visitors in an impressive clean sheet.

 

Four minutes past the opening, Bayern Munich immediately held the lead with a goal by Alaba. The long-range free-kick was almost saved by goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, but the Russian stopper was short of a few inches to touch the set-piece.

 

The period between the fourth and 41st minutes was besieged with a number of scoring chances, but none of which was successfully finished. Although this solicited no goals, Bayern Munich were clearly the superior players during this time. They held the ball more confidently than their opposition, and before the first half concluded, Mandzukic delivered a second goal for the defending champions.

 

The second half of the match was even more difficult for the Russians. Bayern Munich displayed powerful volleys, and though these were successfully put off by Moscow, they posed serious danger to the club.

 

Alaba played a modest piece over the top of the CSKA defense, chested down, and converted by Robben in the 68th minute. This led Bayern to obtain a 3-0 record, and maintained the figures up to the match’s conclusion.

 

Football betting tip: In what seems to be a practice playground for the Bavarians, this match will ultimately (and surely) end up with Bayern Munich carrying the silverware. The upcoming fixture should be an easy victory for the defending champions. A wager between 1.68 and 2.33 could provide security.

 

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