Bayern beats CSKA Moscow 3-0 in Champions League
MUNICH (AP) - Bayern Munich began the defense of its Champions League title with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
David Alaba opened the scoring with a free kick in the fourth minute, Mario Mandzukic headed Bayern's second in the 41st, and Alaba set up Arjen Robben to seal the victory in the 68th.
Bayern, which appointed Pep Guardiola as coach after claiming an unprecedented treble last season, rarely appeared to be troubled by the Russian league leader.
CSKA substitute Georgi Milanov came closest for the visitors in the 82nd, when his 22-meter effort landed on the roof of the net, before Zoran Tosic finally tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with the last kick of the game.
Bayern is attempting to become the first club since 1990 to defend the European title.
Czech champion Viktoria Plzen lost 3-0 at home to Manchester City in the other Group D match.
Alaba's free kick rewarded Bayern for its bright start. The 21-year-old Alaba, who scored the winner for Austria over Ireland in their World Cup qualifier last week, dusted himself off after being fouled on the edge of the penalty area and thumped a powerful shot over the wall and inside the left post.
Mandzukic should have made it 2-0 soon after when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but Igor Akinfeev managed to block the shot.
Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa shot wide for Moscow's first chance on a counterattack in the 12th, before Bayern regained control.
Mandzukic missed opportunities either side of a Rafinha shot that struck the side netting, his second chance narrowly missing when his header struck the post and bounced in front of the line.
The Croatian player finally scored when he was one of three Bayern players queuing up to meet Robben's in-swinging free kick. At least two of the players appeared to be offside according to TV replays.
There was improvement from the visitors after the break, but any hope the Russian club had of getting back into the game was killed when Alaba lobbed the ball over the defence, allowing Robben time to control the ball on his chest before blasting past Akinfeev from close range.