Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal against Valencia during their Champions League Group F soccer match in Munich, September 19, 2012.
(Photo : REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Bayern Munich hung on to their lead to defeat Valencia and win their opening match of the UEFA Champions League 2-1.
The match got off to a rather conservative side as Valencia did little the way of offensive. But seven minutes before half, Bastian Schweinsteiger put the German side up 1-0. The play was initiated by Franck Ribery who found Arjen Robben. The Dutch playmaker threw the pass to Schweinsteiger whose shot deflected into the net.
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The lead held until the 76th minute when Toni Kroos extended with a shot into the top left corner from 25 yards out.
Then the match took on a wild complexion. Nelson Haedo Valdez headed in a corner in the first minute of stoppage but a foul by Adil Rami on Robben gave Mario Mandzukic a penalty. However, Valencia keeper Diego Alves made the save to keep the goal differential at -1.
Even though that match went as planned the other one in the group did not. Belarussian champions BATE Borisov had a tremendous first half to shock French club Lille.
Aliaksandr Volodko scored in the 6th minute and Vitalii Rodionov doubled the lead in the 20th to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. In the 43rd minute Edgar Olenovich added another to make it 3-0 and essentially end the match.
Lille got a goal in the 60th from Aurelien Chedjou, but it was not enough as Borisov sat back and defended for the remainder of the match.
Next up is a match between Valencia and Lille while Bayern Munich takes on BATE Borisov.