Bayern Munich beat Roma again to reach Champions League last 16

AP, Wednesday 5 Nov 2014

Bayern's Franck Ribery, left, celebrates his side's opening goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and AS Roma at Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Bayern Munich cruised past Roma 2-0 on Wednesday to make sure of advancing to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Goals by Franck Ribery and Mario Goetze on either side of halftime also secured first place in Group E for the five-time champion, with two matches to spare.

Bayern won in Rome 7-1 two weeks ago and dominated again, but this time Roma defended better, without much ambition in attack.

Roma began the match with Francesco Totti, Gervinho and Miralem Pjanic on the bench, while Bayern rested Thomas Mueller. Bayern winger Arjen Robben missed the match with a stomach problem.

Bayern now has four wins from four matches and 12 points. Roma and CSKA Moscow have four points each. Moscow won 2-1 at Manchester City, which has two.

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