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By ESPN Staff

Bayern make Spartak pay price for inexperience

MUNICH, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Spartak Moscow coach Vladimir Fedotov put his side's heavy defeat by Bayern Munich down to a lack of experience and the German side's ruthless touch in front of goal.

The Russian side, back playing in the Champions League after an absence of three seasons, held Bayern in the first half but ended up 4-0 losers as the Bavarians made the most of their chances in Champions League Group B.

'In the Champions League you need experience and footballing knowhow and we had neither,' Fedotov said.

'Bayern Munich had six chances and scored four goals. We had five chances and didn't manage one. That was the big difference between the two sides.'

In the first half Bayern looked to be feeling the effects of their extra-time victory over St Pauli in the German Cup on Saturday and coach Felix Magath was relieved to see his players find the second wind they needed.

'You could see that we made a bad start to this one,' Magath said. 'But this game came after a very tough Cup match at the weekend, when we had to play 120 minutes against St Pauli.

'Our opponents were also very aggressive in the first half and I think that's why we found it hard.

'But I'm delighted with the win. It's obviously a great result for us.'