Bayern beat Villarreal for last-16 place
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Bayern Munich secured themselves a berth in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and also first place in Group A after defeating Villarreal 3-1, who bid farewell to Europe as they are now guaranteed to finish in bottom spot.

Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez netted in the opening 23 minutes to give Bayern a flying start and Ribery then wrapped up the scoring with his second after Villarreal had pulled a goal back through Jonathan De Guzman.

With Manchester City losing 2-1 at Napoli, Bayern now hold an unassailable five-point lead at the top of the standings Villarreal, whose cause was not helped by two bad defensive errors that lead to both of Ribery's goals, are still searching for their first point of the group stage.

The German giants came into the match needing only a draw to seal a place in the last 16 but with pride wounded by a 1-0 home defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the league at the weekend - a loss that saw Bayern's lead at the summit cut to two points.

"It is very important to us that we have now clearly won the group," said coach Jupp Heynckes, who admitted he was irritated when Bayern conceded a second-half goal through Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman. "It's been a good campaign so far for us. What I didn't like was that we conceded a goal after the break and therefore had to raise our game again."

It took Heynckes' men just two minutes to begin to banish the memory of that loss, though, as Ribery put the hosts ahead with a dink over Diego Lopez following good work by Toni Kroos, who had intercepted a poor pass by Carlos Marchena.

It is very important to us that we have now clearly won the group.
Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich coach

Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Philip Lahm, David Alaba and Ribery then tried their luck as Bayern laid siege to the visitors' goal in the opening stages, and the home side were rewarded with a second goal from Gomez.

Tymoschuk was unlucky not to score himself as his long-range drive came back off the post, but Gomez was in the right place to slot home the rebound to leave Bayern further in control.

Villarreal pull one back
Villarreal, who had netted just one goal in losing each of their opening four matches, were already out of contention for a top-two berth but they still had a UEFA Europa League lifeline and they refused to give in at the Allianz Arena.

Borja Valero twice drew good saves from Manuel Neuer before the break, while Hernan Perez also tested the home custodian before the Spanish side pulled a goal back just after half-time. Left-back Joan Oriol made good progress forward before chipping a ball across the edge of the box which De Guzman dispatched into bottom corner of the net with a blistering volley.

The Yellow Submarine could not make any more inroads, though, and Bayern restored their two-goal lead through Ribery in the 69th minute, and with it secured the victory. 

The goal came from another awful mistake by the Villarreal defence, with Bruno Soriano the guilty party this time as his sloppy pass inside his own half was intercepted and Bayern quickly fed the ball out to Ribery, who rounded Lopez before slotting home.