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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-24

Four-time European champions Bayern Munich reached the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday after completing a 3-0 aggregate win over Swiss outfit FC Zurich. Villarreal, Dinamo Zagreb and APOEL Nicosia also advanced.

AP - Bayern Munich advanced to the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, winning 1-0 at FC Zurich to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory in the playoff round.

Bayern, a four-time European champion, had a comfortable evening in Switzerland after Mario Gomez finished a simple breakaway move in the seventh minute.

In other playoffs, Giuseppe Rossi's two second-half goals helped lift Villarreal to a 4-1 aggregate win over Odense, and Dinamo Zagreb and APOEL also advanced to the group stage.

Five more playoffs are concluded Wednesday to complete the 32-team Champions League lineup.

UEFA conducts the draw in Monaco on Thursday.

Bayern has an extra incentive to succeed this season as its home stadium hosts the final next May.
 

Date created : 2011-08-24

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