Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bayern beats Roma in Champions League opener

2010-2011 INTERNATIONAL SOCCER SPECIAL COVERAGE – UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP E

The last time Bayern Munich participated in a Champions League game against an Italian side, it fell to Inter Milan in the 2009-2010 final in May.

Thanks to a couple of late goals from German national stars Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, the Bavarians are off to a fast start in their quest to reach the finals again.

Muller found the net in the 78th minute and Klose followed suit five minutes later as Bayern downed AS Roma 2-0 in Munich, Germany, Wednesday night.

Bayern outshot Roma 24-6 but couldn't break through against the defensive-minded Italian side until late. Muller, situated in the right side of the box, took Daniel van Buyten's pass and finished with the outside of his right foot across the goal inside the left post past Roma keeper Julio Sergio.

Substitute Klose provided a pretty set-piece goal from close range in the 83rd minute, getting his studs on Holger Badstuber's free kick to direct the ball past Sergio for a 2-0 lead that would prove more than insurmountable.

Both sides return to Champions League action Sept. 28. Bayern travels to face Swiss side Basel, while Roma hosts Romanian club CFR Cluj.

Roma, which owns just one point in Serie A play on the heels of a 5-1 loss at Cagliari, hosts Bologna Sunday. Bayern has four points after three Bundesliga matches and takes on FC Cologne Saturday.

NOTES: John Arne Riise, Philippe Mexes, Rodrigo Taddei, Mirko Vucinic and Stefano Okaka all missed the match for Roma due to injury. ... Bayern is slated to play six games in the next 17 days.

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Photo above: Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller and AS Roma's Marco Cassetti battle for the ball Wednesday. (Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Video credit -- Rai Due