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Bayern batter sorry BATE

Bayern Munich sealed top spot in Champions League Group F after they coasted to a 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

BATE never threatened a repeat of their 3-1 upset earlier in the competition as a much-changed Bayern side did more than enough to ensure they will avoid the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United in the next round.

Mario Gomez, one of seven changes, opened the scoring on 21 minutes before Thomas Muller and Xherdan Shaqiri netted shortly after half-time to ensure a nerveless second period.

Substitute David Alaba completed the rout with seven minutes remaining before Egor Filipenko grabbed a BATE consolation.

Shaqiri and Gomez combined for the opener. The Switzerland international wriggled his way down the left to the byline and fired in a low pass that Gomez only had to turn in with an outstretched leg.

Bayern spent the remainder of the half threatening a second goal without finding it.

The task was, however, all but completed within 20 minutes of the restart as Muller and Shaqiri got themselves on the scoresheet. Muller's goal came from an innocuous Kroos long free-kick that Schweinsteiger flicked on for his Germany colleague to turn in from six yards.

Shaqiri made it 3-0 on 65 minutes with a strong header, holding off the attention of a defender behind him, to steer Gomez's left-wing cross past Andrey Gorbunov.

Bayern were in full control and a fourth goal arrived when Alaba volleyed home a Franck Ribery corner in the closing stages.

BATE at least signed off their Champions League campaign, which promisingly began with back-to-back wins, with Filipenko's late 18-yarder as they prepare for the Europa League.