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November 05, 2014

MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich cruised past Roma 2-0 on Wednesday to make sure of advancing to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Goals by Franck Ribery and Mario Goetze on either side of halftime also secured first place in Group E for the five-time champion, with two matches to spare.

Bayern won in Rome 7-1 two weeks ago and dominated again, but this time Roma defended better, without much ambition in attack.

Roma began the match with Francesco Totti, Gervinho and Miralem Pjanic on the bench, while Bayern rested Thomas Mueller. Bayern winger Arjen Robben missed the match with a stomach problem.

Bayern now has four wins from four matches and 12 points. Roma and CSKA Moscow have four points each. Moscow won 2-1 at Manchester City, which has two.

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