MUNICH – Leroy Sane scored twice as Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten run in group play to a record 31 with a 5-0 thrashing of Czech champions Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.
Bayern maintained their perfect start to this season’s campaign to break Real Madrid’s record 30 straight group stage matches without defeat, a streak that stretched back to September 2017.
Bayern have not lost at home in Europe’s top competition since a 3-2 loss to Manchester City in December 2013. Since then, Bayern have won 25 matches and drawn one in Munich.
Bayern have already recorded 2-0 wins over Inter Milan and Barcelona in Group C, but they have to face Plzen. Without Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich due to the coronavirus infections
Sane opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he dribbled past several defenders before unleashing a shot into the top left corner, and Leon Goretzka converted for Serge Gnabry to make it 2-0 in the 13th minute.
Adam Vulcano had just tried his luck for Plzen, but Manuel Neuer fired safely. It was the visitors’ only real chance in the first half.
Sadio Mane flicked the ball over a defender, then went past two more before firing in his first Champions League goal for Bayern in the 21st.
Jamal Mosela thought he had added a fourth in the 37th after a well-worked team move, but the goal was disallowed via VAR as Mane was only adjudged offside before playing the final pass.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann took an impressive off for Erik Maxime Chopo-Motting at the break, perhaps resting the 19-year-old Germany international for Saturday’s Bundesliga “Klassiker” at Borussia Dortmund.
Sané showed good first touch to control Mane’s cross with the outside of his boot, then wasted no time in sending the ball past a helpless Marian Tourdon in the Pilsen goal for Bayern’s fourth in the 50th. . It was Sane’s 16th goal in his last 12 games in the competition.
The German winger ended a difficult start at Bayern, with injuries hampering his impact amid high expectations since joining from City in 2020.
But the fans who once called him a whistle showed their appreciation on Tuesday when Sani faced Nagelsmann with 17-year-old Matthias Thiel in 58 to rapturous applause.
Chopo Moting scored the fifth goal a minute later.
Substitute Fortune Bassi provided a rare display for Pilsen with a late close.