Champions League - Bayern blast seven past Basel
Tue, 13 Mar 21:52:00 2012
Four goals from Mario Gomez, an Arjen Robben brace, a strike from Thomas Mueller and a masterful display from Franck Ribery led Bayern Munich to an incredible 7-0 win against FC Basel in the second leg of the sides' Champions League last-16 tie.
Bayern had won 11 of their last 12 Champions League home games going into this match, and trailing by a goal from the first leg, a strong start was required from Jupp Heynckes’s team if they were to turn this tie around and progress to the quarter-final stage.
The Bayern manager could not have been more delighted with how his side played throughout the 90 minutes, storming to a 7-1 aggregate win.
Dominant from the outset, Bayern wasted little time in settling down to their task, Robben particularly lively and instrumental in orchestrating the rapid succession of attacks which poured forth.
The Dutchman was twice close with efforts before giving his side the lead after just 11 minutes with a calm and well-placed finish into the bottom-right corner after Toni Kroos’s deflected shot fell to him.
Level on aggregate Bayern did not relax or take stock of the situation, instead going hell for leather for a second. It made for breathless, entertaining viewing.
Gomez was denied twice in quick succession by a brace of saves from Yann Sommer, and the Basel goalkeeper was alert to produce a superb reaction stop and deny Thomas Mueller from a corner.
The pressure did not relent and Sommer remained busy, and against the run of play Basel did have a chance when Alex Frei slid in at the far post unmarked to half-volley a cross over.
It was a momentary break from the norm however and a devastating final three minutes to the first half effectively killed the tie off.
Robben turned provider as he kept the ball in on the right and then crossed for Mueller at the near post, who turned in a fine finish amid some lacklustre defending in the 42nd minute.
Lahm: First half goals important
Immediately after and just before the break Gomez notched his first of the evening as he tapped in a simple effort when Holger Badstuber laid off a Kroos free-kick, capitalising on more poor marking.
The opportunity to catch their breath at the interval appeared to help Basel rediscover their composure and they attacked the start of the second half, but any hopes of a recovery were cruelly dashed as Gomez athletically turned in his second from a Ribery cross from the left.
At 4-0 it looked like game over, but Bayern were far from done. Gomez claimed his hat-trick on the hour mark as Ribery once again danced his way to the by-line and stood up a perfect cross to the middle where it nodded in by the forward.
A deflated Basel were subjected to further punishment six minutes later as Ribery and Gomez repeated their irresistible link-up, this time the goalscorer slamming the ball into the roof of the net as he claimed his fourth of the evening.
Ribery was substituted off to a standing ovation with just over 10 minutes remaining as the crowd acknowledged his phenomenal input for the evening, and Robben too was met with enthusiastic applause when he came off to be replaced.
Before doing so the forward added his second of the evening, latching onto a wonderful through ball from the returning Bastian Schweinsteiger and then rounding Sommer to make it an emphatic 7-0, and with that Bayern were more than assured progression to the last eight of the competition.Eurosport