Joshua Kimmich at the double for five-star Bayern

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Midfielder Joshua Kimmich continued his goal rush as he claimed a double in Bayern Munich’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of FC Rostov.


The 21-year-old took his tally for club and country to four goals in three games, having only scored his first for his club against Schalke on Friday, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men romped to a record 13th successive home victory in the competition.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Thomas Muller extended the lead in injury-time at the end of the first half, but it was Kimmich who wrapped up the first three points of his side’s Group D campaign with a brace inside seven second-half minutes before substitute Juan Bernat added a fifth at the death.

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Five-times winners Bayern started in confident mood as they looked to sweep the Champions League newcomers aside, and defender Javi Martinez had already tested goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev with a 15th-minute header when Lewandowski signalled his own intent with a shot six minutes later.

But Rostov held firm and did not look to be in any real danger until English referee Anthony Taylor made a telling intervention.

Taylor was watching closely as Kimmich’s right-wing corner came across with Aleksandr Gatskan and Lewandowski engaged in a wrestling match which saw the Poland striker go to ground and the official, to the horror of the visitors, point to the spot.

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Lewandowski needed no second invitation to give his side a 28th-minute lead, and it would have been 2-0 within 11 minutes had Dzhanaev not got a hand to Mats Hummels’ brave header from another Kimmich cross, in the process taking an accidental boot in the face from defender Miha Mevlja.

But the respite was only temporary and Ancelotti’s men increased their lead in first-half injury-time when Muller supplied the deftest of touches to David Alaba’s cross to increase Rostov’s woes.

The home side were cruising eight minutes after the restart when Kimmich helped himself to a third from Douglas Costa’s inviting left-wing cross and, after Lewandowski had passed up an opportunity to make it 4-0, he claimed his second on the night with a glancing header from Bernat’s delivery.

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Bernat completed the rout himself in the final minute of normal time when he combined with fellow substitute Franck Ribery before sweeping the ball past the helpless Dzhanaev.

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