Bayern Munich eased into the Champions League’s last 16 after a second-half double by their top scorer Robert Lewandowski gave them a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in their Group F match.
Bayern, who had already secured top spot in the group, finished with 15 points from six games, six ahead of Arsenal, who booked their place with a 3-0 win at Olympiakos.
After a tepid first half, the Bayern coach Pep Guardiola brought on Thomas Müller into his makeshift side and Germany’s 2014 World Cup winner made a telling impact despite missing a 90th-minute penalty.
Müller’s perfect cross allowed Lewandowski to break the deadlock with a diving header on the hour and the Poland striker added the second with a dinked finish three minutes later.
Bayern, the five-times European champions, dominated from the start but Dinamo missed the best two chances in the first half on a chilly night in Zagreb.
Sven Ulreich denied El Arabi Hilal Soudani with a superb save before the Algeria striker headed wide after the German side’s reserve goalkeeper misjudged an inviting cross by Dinamo’s 18-year old midfielder Ante Coric.
The lively Coric also tested Ulreich early on, before Lewandowski’s scuffed shot from a good position was easily cleared by the home team’s defenders at the other end.
Ulreich then kept out a stinging shot by Júnior Fernándes before Lewandowski opened the scoring thanks to good work by Müller, who replaced the ineffective Franck Ribery.
The irrepressible Lewandowski showed his class when he made it 2-0 with an exquisite finish after racing clear of a defender and leaving the Dinamo keeper Eduardo clutching at thin air, taking his Champions League tally this season to seven goals from six games.
Josip Pivaric hit the woodwork as Dinamo threw men forward and left gaping holes at the back, with Lewandowski missing two more chances to extend Bayern’s lead.
Müller then forced Eduardo to save at full stretch with a ferocious volley before hitting a post with a penalty after Dinamo’s keeper fouled the second-half substitute Arturo Vidal.