With nothing to play for except pride, Bayern Munich stepped onto the field at the Allianz Arena and did the job well enough to earn a 3-0 victory and see CSKA Moscow out of the Champions League.
Bastian Schweinsteiger started in the middle from the beginning and wore the captain's armband on the night. It was the first start in an FCB shirt for Der Fußballgott since the end of last season. Guardiola's faith in Schweinsteiger's ability to control the midfield is strong, and it allowed him to start 19 year old Pierre Hojbjerg and 18 year old Gianluca Gaudino next to him in a three-man midfield.
The first real chance of the match went to Seydou Doumbia after five minutes. Roman Eremenko's cross was a extremely accurate, and the Ivorian beat Jerome Boateng to the header, but it was well wide of the mark.
Bayern struck first, and it was once again due to a penalty against CSKA. Franck Ribery was tripped in the box by Bibras Natkho. Moscow protested, but the replay showed that the referee made the correct call. Thomas Müller stepped up and converted the penalty to give FCB the 1-0 lead. (WATCH: Müller converts from the spot.)
Some calamitous defending on the other end nearly allowed Doumbia to run through nearly the entire Bayern team, but Manuel Neuer stonewalled him from point blank range to keep Bayern in front. Neuer's save was amazing, but it's something we seem him do often. (WATCH: Neuer's save on Doumbia to keep Bayern in front.)
Both teams exchanged counterattacks in the last few minutes of the second half, but neither challenged the opposition goalkeeper to make a save. The closest chance for FC Bayern after the penalty belonged to Schweinsteiger, but his effort was tipped over the crossbar by Akinfeev.
At the start of the second half, Guardiola brought on Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski for Franck Ribery and Thomas Müller. With only pride on the line, it allowed Bayern to give each of the four men 45 minutes each in the match and rest some legs.
Robben injected some life into the second half around the 70th minute. Thank goodness he did, because for the most part is was rather awful. Robben skipped through the CSKA defense, but Akinfeev was there to prevent the goal.
Bayern continued to ratchet up the pressure, and Lewandowski was denied by the post after getting past Akinfeev in the box. Then, Schweinsteiger's cross to the far post found a wide open Sebastian Rode, and his header easily beat Akinfeev to make it 2-0. (WATCH: Bastian + Sebastian = TOR!)
Then, with the finally minutes ticking off the clock, Götze finally stayed onside long enough to get his goal and make it 3-0 in favor of FC Bayern. (WATCH: Götze finally gets his goal.)
With the final whistles blown across Europe, Bayern now know who their opponents in the Champions League round of 16 could be: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, FC Basel, Arsenal, and Shakhtar Donetsk. Let's pray that it's not Arsenal again.