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Bayern Munich 2, Lokomotiv Moscow 0: Bayern secures win without Lewandoski

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BAYERN Munich earned a 2-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in their final Champions League Group A game with second-half goals from Niklas Sule and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.

  The Bavarians, last season’s winners who qualified for the last-16 with two matches to spare, fielded a largely second-string team with the pressure on Lokomotiv, desperate for a win to secure third place in the standings and a Europa League spot.

  Bayern had the upper hand but carved out only few scoring chances in the first half, with top scorer, Robert Lewandowski sidelined due to a minor injury.

  Thomas Muller fired wide from close range in the 39th minute before making way for Serge Gnabry after the break, a substitution that provided an instant boost.

  The Bavarians came close with a Sule header and Choupo-Moting’s backheel flick in the 53rd minute.

  Gnabry then had a double chance, but was denied by keeper Guilherme before seeing a volley on the rebound go narrowly wide.

  Guilherme was beaten in the 63rd minute when Douglas Costa whipped in a corner and Sule rose above two defenders to drill a powerful header past the keeper.

  Choupo-Moting, replacing Lewandowski, doubled the lead in 10 minutes from time to lift Bayern to 16 points.

  They are joined in the knockout stage by Atletico Madrid, 2-0 winners at Red Bull Salzburg. Lokomotiv finished bottom on three points.

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