Football: Bayern Munich reach last 16 with win over Pilzen

Bayern's Mario Mandzukic(right) celebrates with team mates after scoring during their Champions League Group D soccer match between Viktoria Pilsen and Bayern Munich in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. Bayern booked a spot in the
Bayern's Mario Mandzukic(right) celebrates with team mates after scoring during their Champions League Group D soccer match between Viktoria Pilsen and Bayern Munich in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. Bayern booked a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League when a Mario Mandzukic goal gave them a 1-0 win over a dogged Viktoria Pilzen side on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AP

PLZEN, Czech Republic (REUTERS) - Bayern Munich booked a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League when a Mario Mandzukic goal gave them a 1-0 win over a dogged Viktoria Pilzen side on Tuesday.

The Bavarians had a tough time breaking down the Czech champions who held Bayern to 0-0 at halftime and looked dangerous on the break for much of the night.

Mandzukic, who replaced a largely ineffective Thomas Mueller in the second half, broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when he slipped past his marker to head a lofting Philipp Lahm cross past Plzen keeper Matus Kozacik.

The win, coupled with Manchester City's victory against CSKA Moscow in the other Group D qualifying match, scuttled any hopes Pilzen had of going into the next round.