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Kroos proud of record-equalling Bayern

Bayern Munich secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a record-equalling ninth consecutive win in the competition.

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The defending champions' 1-0 victory at Czech club Viktoria Plzen "wasn't a festival of football," midfielder Toni Kroos said -- but he told Bayern's official website they had every reason to be proud as they matched Barcelona's run of wins.

The nine successive wins have followed last season's home defeat to Arsenal in the qualifying stages of last season’s competition.

Bayern went into the Plzen game after having won the reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena 5-0, and it took them over an hour to break the deadlock through Mario Mandzukic, who struck from a wonderful Philipp Lahm pass.

Captain Lahm said he wanted his side to begin games more purposefully than they had at Plzen, adding: "As quickly as possible, we have to make sure we don't sleep through the early stages like we've been doing recently.

"We keep letting our opponents believe they can take something from the match. We beat Plzen 5-0 at the Allianz Arena, so it's possible we were a bit more relaxed about tonight's match, but we can't be letting that happen."

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola added that the 5-0 rout in the reverse game had worked in favour of the Czech club.

"You're even more focused in the next match because you're determined to do better," he said, before giving credit to his predecessor Jupp Heynckes for the record-equalling run.

"I'm grateful to Jupp [Heynckes]. He's made a bigger contribution to the record than I have," he said.

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