Associated Press  |  Last updated October 23, 2013
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Franck Ribery scored twice as defending champion Bayern Munich thrashed Viktoria Plzen 5-0 to take a giant step toward the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday. Bayern utterly dominated the game, with 34 efforts on goal - 29 on target - compared to none from the visiting Czech champion. Yet, despite a host of early chances, Bayern needed a penalty from Ribery to break the deadlock in the 25th minute. Plzen defender Roman Hubnik conceded the spot-kick for a foul on Arjen Robben after the Dutch winger ghosted past two players on his way into the box. ''We played well but Plzen didn't make it hard,'' Robben said. ''More difficult opponents will come.'' David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 37th, when he controlled Mario Mandzukic's header on his chest, took it past a defender with his left thigh, and unleashed a shot past Plzen goalkeeper Matus Kozacik with his right boot. Such was the home side's dominance that Ribery's memorable second, when it came in the 61st, seemed inevitab...
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