Mueller’s brace helps Bayern beat Valencia 4-1

Beijing, July 19 (IANS) Star German forward Thomas Mueller scored twice in the first half to help Bayern Munich beat Valencia 4-1 in a football friendly at the Bird’s Nest Stadium here.

Mueller on Saturday scored the opener in the 16th minute as he collected the ball from captain Philipp Lahm and twisted his body to smash in a right-footer on the edge of the penalty area, reports Xinhua.

Ten minutes later, Valencia equalised through Rodrigo who nodded in a pass from close range.

Mueller put the German champions ahead again before the break after he cleverly dodged his markers and stroked home with his left foot.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara poked in a low cross in the 54th minute to extend Bayern’s lead, and Polish striker Robert Lewandowski then sealed the win for the German club with a curling shot mid-way through the half.

After the win, Bayern will on Sunday fly to Shanghai where they will play Italian side Internazionale on Tuesday.

They will end their three-game China tour after playing with Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande next Thursday.

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