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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Moscow Pays Price for Inexperience

MUNICH, Germany -- 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.

Spartak is back playing in the Champions League after an absence of three seasons. While the Moscow club held Bayern in the first half, it ended up 4-0 loser as the Bavarians made the most of their chances in the Champions League Group B with some clinical finishing.

"In the Champions League you need experience and footballing know-how, 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 its extra-time victory over St. Pauli in the German Cup on Saturday.

Spartak's approach was combative and it enjoyed plenty of possession in an even first half, but lacked the technique in the final third to create many clear-cut opportunities. Nevertheless, Bayern coach Felix Magath was relieved to see his players come out for the second half with renewed vigour.

"You could see that we had 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.

If Bayern Munich entertains thoughts of winning the Champions League, the club may well have to overcome current European champion Barcelona, which thumped Levski Sofia 5-0 -- a sobering start for the first Bulgarian club to reach this stage of the competition.

Andres Iniesta put Barca ahead after seven minutes and it went on to dominate not only the Bulgarians but also the elements in the Nou Camp.

Italian club AS Roma beat Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 in Rome with all its goals coming in the second half.

Big-spending Chelsea beat Werder Bremen 2-0 in London.

Italian champion Inter Milan, though, slipped up in Lisbon, losing 1-0 to Sporting and having Patrick Vieira sent off midway through the second half.

In the other games, Valencia beat Olympiakos Piraeus 4-2 in Greece in a match in which both teams led during the game.

Fernando Morientes, the former Real Madrid striker who is back in Spain after a short sojourn in Liverpool, scored a hat-trick for Valencia.

Two matches failed to end conclusively with PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool drawing 0-0 in the Netherlands, while Galatasaray was held to a goalless draw in Istanbul by Girondins Bordeaux.