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Bayern through, but Robben's unhappy

Dutchman has an unhappy outing against PSV

GROUP D

PSV EINDHOVEN 1
(Santiago Arias 14)

BAYERN MUNICH 2
(Robert Lewandowski 34 pen, 74)

He had much to say about his team, but the Dutchman was himself substituted later in the game.

"It was not a good game from us today," fumed Bayern's Arjen Robben, who was making his first return to Eindhoven in a European game, 14 years after making his Champions League debut for PSV.

"It is just as well that we have qualified, but if we play like that in the last 16, then we will have problems.

"We played without conviction, were much too slow.

"I looked for combinations with Thomas (Mueller) and Philipp (Lahm), but it was difficult.

"We must do better, we were missing something and we failed to impose ourselves."

With 25 minutes left, Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti injected some pace by bringing on wingers Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman for Robben and Joshua Kimmich.

It was not the return to Eindhoven Robben had wanted.

"Such a game is unique for me, of course you want to play 90 minutes, so I was disappointed and sad about the substitution, but the coach has his reasons," he said.

But the switch paid off as Costa's superb pass split the Eindhoven defence to allow David Alaba to get in behind to set up Robert Lewandowski's winner.

"I tried to change the system to play with two wingers and open some space," explained Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"We did that and Lewandowksi scored.

"It was difficult at the start, but slowly we worked our way back into the game and got there in the end.

"We thought it was important to avoid counter-attacks.

"We started to play quicker in the second half and create more opportunities.

"It was important that we didn't lose our confidence."

Bayern's home clash on Dec 6 against Atletico Madrid is likely to decide the winner of the group.

- Wire Services.

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