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Bayern Through To CL Knockout Stage

Bayern Munich sealed their spot in the Champions League knockout stage with a 4-0 win at home over Olympiacos on Tuesday.

The German champions dominated the game and went up 3-0 in the opening 20 minutes after goals by Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. Holger Badstuber got sent off early in the second half, but Olympiacos failed to capitalize with the man advantage and instead saw themselves concede another goal as Kingsley Coman got on the scoresheet in the 69th minute.

Bayern tops Group F with 12 points, three points ahead of second-placed Olympiacos, and six points ahead of third-placed Arsenal. Manager Pep Guardiola was pleased to have secured advancement to the next round.

“I’m very pleased about qualifying,” Guardiola told fcbayern.de after the win. “Huge credit to all my players. We wanted to win the group and we’ve finished first. We’ve scored plenty of goals at home again so I’m satisfied. We weren’t perfect in possession, but we were very good without the ball. The players have great character. The Champions League is now done and dusted until February.”

Muller, 26, scored his fifth goal of the tournament and is in a five-way tie for the scoring lead with Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Artem Dzyuba and Luis Suarez.

“We have to keep it up,” Muller said. “We have to continue on our course as a team. It’s what’s expected, from us and the fans. But the road ahead is still tough. We want to win the thing. Obviously, that’s not exactly a given, as there are a few teams with the same target. It’ll be much tighter once we get to the quarters and semis, but we’re well on track.”

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