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Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath is hoping Wednesday's win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv will kick-start their season.

The German titans have made a sticky start in the Bundesliga and were not at their best in Israel, but a Roy Makaay penalty handed them a 1-0 win in the UEFA Champions League.

Magath felt his players struggled in the opening half and heaped praise on young substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger for the way he changed the pattern of the game after the break.

"I'm pleased with the result and hope we can build on this," he said. "I wasn't happy with the first half performance as we were very pressured but the inclusion of Schweinsteiger in the second half made a big difference and it got us the penalty."

Maccabi coach Nir Klinger felt his side more than matched their illustrious opponents.

"Bayern were under great pressure when the score was goalless, but after we conceded the penalty we lost our intensity," Klinger said. "Our young side played well.

"I'm proud of them but we should have made it harder for Bayern and we let them off the hook."