Bayern Munich eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday as they hammered Basel 7-0, overturning a first goal deficit. Meanwhile Inter Milan’s woeful season continued as they were dumped out by French side Marseille on away goals.
Having trailed their Swiss counterparts by one goal from the first leg, the German giants were up against it and many tipped it would be a nervy night at the Allianz Stadium, where May’s final will take place. It wasn’t to be the case though as Bayern showed their class and ruthless streak to overcome their gritty opponents.
It didn’t take long before the home side were level on aggregate as Arjen Robben broke the offside trap to slot home after Thomas Muller’s shot was saved. Just before the break Bayern took the lead in the tie for the first time when the roles were reveresed. This time the Dutch winger crossed for Muller to volley past the Basel ‘keeper Sommer.
The nail in the Basel coffin was hammered home just moments before the interval as Mario Gomez scored his first of four on the night to all but secure his sides’ progression barring a Basel miracle in the second half.
Gomez recorded his seventh hat trick in 17 months as he scored a quick fire double after the break before he scored his fourth and then Robben added to the Swiss sides’ misery in the final minutes.
Marseille became the sixth side from as many countries to qualify for the next round. They lead Inter Milan 1-0 from the first leg thanks to a late Andrew Ayew goal at the Stade Veledrome and a 2-1 defeat on the night at the San Siro was enough for the French club to progress on away goals.
Diego Milito scrambled home an equaliser for the 2010 winners with fifteen minutes remaining and as extra time and perhaps penalties loomed, the visitors dealt their superior opponents a killer blow. Brandao scored in injury time to break Italian hearts and send Marseille through.
A late penalty from subsitute Pazzini wasn’t enough but there was a disappointing end to the game for the Ligue 1 side as ‘keepr Steve Mandanda was shown his second yellow and will miss their quarter final first leg.