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Soccer-Ribery shines as holders Bayern ease to victory
October 23, 2013 / 8:45 PM / 4 years ago

Soccer-Ribery shines as holders Bayern ease to victory

MUNICH, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery dazzled on his return from injury, scoring twice as the holders demolished Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday and edged closer to the knockout stage with three wins out of three Group D games.

Bayern, whose last encounter with Plzen was back in 1971 and a 7-1 aggregate win, set a frantic early pace and European footballer of the year Ribery gave them a deserved 25th-minute lead with a spot kick.

David Alaba doubled it 12 minutes later with a low drive and Ribery got another with a superb chip in the second half. Bastian Schweinsteiger added a goal three minutes later and Mario Goetze completed the scoring in stoppage time.

The result lifted Bayern to nine points in top spot. (Writing by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Alison Wildey)

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