With a number of key players missing through injury, there were doubts over the manner in which Bayern would tackle the threat of their Russian opponents. Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as fellow midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Mario Gotze and Javi Martinez were the most notable absences.
Yet new coach Pep Guardiola shuffled his squad and redeployed club captain Philipp Lahm in a midfield role that has become more and more familiar to the world class fullback. Brazilian defender Rafinha came in and took the right-back position.
Here are the top six things that we learned from Tuesday night's match.