Euro Watch: Bayern are record breakers
- 13 November 2013 10:06
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Bayern Munich smashed a Bundesliga record at the weekend by going 37 consecutive games unbeaten.
A comfortable 3-0 win over Augsburg at the weekend surpassed Hamburg’s record set in the 1982-83 season, and was Bayern’s sixth win on the bounce in all competitions.
Former Sky Blue Jerome Boateng opened the scoring, while Franck Ribery fired in an unstoppable free kick and Thomas Muller finished the game off from the penalty spot to extended the lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to four points.
"It topped off a fantastic week for Pep Guardiola’s side, who joined City in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a hard-fought victory over Viktoria Plzen."
City’s next opponents in the Champions League are without a point in the group stages after going down 1-0 to Bayern, but put in a determined defensive performance and were tough to break down.
It took the German side 65 minutes to find the net through substitute Mario Mandzukic, who headed home a perfectly-placed cross from Philipp Lahm, and they could not add to their tally in the face of a well-organised Plzen team.
Their hopes of qualification for the next stage of the competition may be over, but Plzen remain strong contenders in the Gambrinus Liga.
They had to come from behind against Mlada Boleslav at the weekend after conceding to a special strike involving two backheels, but goals from Milan Petrzela and Marian Cisovsky secured all three points.
Given leaders Sparta Prague slipped up to mid-table side Sigma Olomouc, earning a draw on the road, Plzen have cut their lead at the top to five points after 14 games.
In Russia, CSKA Moscow continue to steadily climb the Russian Premier League table after a 4-1 win over Terek Grozny secured their third league win on the bounce.
Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia, who netted both goals for CSKA when the Russian side visited the Etihad Stadium, struck again after just nine minutes to give Leonid Slutsky’s men an early lead.
"Zoran Tosic executed a marvellous chip to double the advantage, and centre back Sergei Ignashevich got his name on the scoresheet before Doumbia got the fourth from the spot."
...Euro Watch: CSKA Moscow v Terek Grozny...
Given leaders Zenit stumbled to a 4-2 defeat to Spartak Moscow, CSKA are now just six points off the pace at the top.
Euro Watch takes a break next week for internationals, but will return in a fortnight as we build up to City’s home clash with Viktoria Plzen.