Lewandowski gives Bayern Munich 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb

Lewandowski gives Bayern Munich 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice as already-qualified Bayern Munich completed its Champions League group campaign with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

Halftime substitute Thomas Mueller set up Lewandowski's opener in the 61st, three minutes before Sebastian Rode played the Poland striker through for his second goal – his seventh in six games.

Mueller struck the post with a penalty in the 87th, though it made no difference as Bayern coach Pep Guardiola celebrated his 50th Champions League victory.

p>"It was a difficult game. We knew we'd have to be patient," Lewandowski said. "The main thing is that we won."

Already assured of first place in Group F, Bayern was joined in the last 16 by Arsenal, which won 3-0 at Olympiakos to deprive the Greek champion of second place thanks to Olivier Giroud's hat trick.

Bayern, which lost its first Bundesliga game of the season on Saturday, rested Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, while Jerome Boateng, Arturo Vidal, Mueller & Kinsley Coman, who all started on the bench.

Franck Ribery made his first start in nine months after recovering from long-standing ankle problems, while American Julian Green started in his second competitive appearance for the side.

Josip Pivaric drew a satisfactory save from Sven Ulreich early on. The Bayern reserve 'keeper moreover gathered Domagoj Antolic's effort from the resulting corner.

Green's mistake let Domagoj Antolic play in El Arabi Hilal Soudani, whose shot Ulreich did well to save in the 26th.

"It's nice that we won & that I kept a clean sheet as goalkeeper," Ulreich said. "I had two or three satisfactory actions & could show what I can do."

Xabi Alonso's 32nd-minute effort was the closest Bayern went in the first half, which ended with Soudani missing an open goal after Ulreich missed a clearance.

Mueller & Boateng came on for Ribery & the injured Mehdi Benatia at the break, & Mueller found Lewandowski with a perfect cross from the right for the Poland striker to score with a diving header.

Then Rode caught the Dinamo defense out of position & Lewandowski chipped goalkeeper Eduardo for his second.

Rafinha made a vital clearance to prevent Soudani from pulling one back before Pivaric hit the crossbar for the home side.

Eduardo conceded the penalty for bringing down Vidal, who came on for the uninspired Green. Despite Lewandowski being on a hat trick, Mueller took the penalty & struck his effort against the right post.

"We played well over the campaign yet it is the results which will be remembered & that's something we need to work on," said Dinamo coach Zoran Mamic, whose side lost every game after opening with a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Source: “Associated Press”