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Lewandowski Starts For Bayern Munich As They Name Strong Team v Besiktas

Lewandowski Starts For Bayern Munich As They Name Strong Team v Besiktas

Sandro Wagner, though, restored Bayern's two-goal cushion with his first strike in the competition in the 84th minute.

Bayern Munich's players play during a training session in Istanbul, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, ahead of their team's Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match against Besiktas Wednesday. The German giants have made it into the quarter-finals for the last six seasons on the trot and it would take a miracle for the Turkish side to change that here.

Thiago limped off before half-time, giving Bayern an injury concern for the rest of the season.

Besiktas is unbeaten since then, though, with three wins in league play and a 2-2 draw with Fenerbahce in the first leg of the Turkish Cup semifinal.

An innocuous right-wing cross from Rafinha should have been easy to clear, but Gonul poked the ball past Zengin under no pressure whatsoever.

Mustafa Pektemek forced a save from Sven Ulreich as Besiktas tried to level the game on the night, Bayern understandably lacking energy given their comfortable position.

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French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin says hosts RB Leipzig are determined to prevent Bayern Munich being confirmed as Bundesliga champions for the sixth straight year as early as this Sunday.

Leipzig are winless in their last four league games and desperate to beat Bayern to boost their hopes of a Champions League place next season.

Bayern Munich have won their last five Champions League games, the longest current run in the competition.

Thiago Alcantara put Bayern 1-0 up in the 18th minute.

A Gokhan Gonul own goal immediately after half-time doubled Bayern's lead, before Vagner Love pulled one back.