Lewandowski spot on as Bayern breeze past Anderlecht

Reuters , Tuesday 12 Sep 2017

Bayern Munich
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, center, jubilates after scoring during a Champions League Group B soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and RSC Anderlecht in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 AP

Bayern Munich got off to a winning start in the Champions League for the 14th successive season on Tuesday with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Group B opponents Anderlecht who played most of the game with 10 men at the Allianz Arena.

Striker Robert Lewandowski received a pre-match slapdown from Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after criticising the club's transfer policy, but the Pole showed his value on the pitch by scoring his seventh goal in six games this season from the penalty spot after being hacked down by Sven Kums, who received a red card.

The dismissal made a daunting task become even more difficult for the visitors who went further behind on 65 minutes when Thiago Alcantara side-footed a second from a cross by Joshua Kimmich.

Niklas Suele had another effort disallowed for a foul before Kimmich rounded off the night by waltzing round the keeper to roll the ball into an empty net for Bayern's third.

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