UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd leg
Bayern Munich 2-0 Marseille
(Bayern Munich win 4-0 on aggregate)



Ivica Olic slipped the ball over the onrushing Steve Mandanda to make the tie more comprehensive for final hosts Bayern



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor from the Allianz Arena 


Bayern Munich advanced to the Champions League semi-finals with ease following a comprehesive 4-0 aggregate victory over Marseille.

The German giants were in pole position to progress a step closer to the final, that their own stadium will be hosting, heading into the clash, having won the first leg 2-0 in France last week. Another 2-0 triumph in the return fixture thanks to two goals from Croatian international Olic saw them book their place in the last-four of Europe's elite club competition. Ivica Olic, who two years ago scored a memorable hat-trick against Lyon, scored twice for Bayern before half-time, and his goals were all the hosts needed to advance against the forlorn French outfit.

Munich were playing without vice-captain Bastian Schweintsteiger through suspension while Daniel Van Buyten remains injured. Marseille had goalkeeper Steve Mandanda back after sitting out the first leg following his red card in the second leg of the Inter Milan tie. Although, Alou Diarra was banned and Andre Ayew was playing through the pain barrier after postponing shoulder surgery until the end of the season.

The visitors made a bright start, and Loic Remy tested Manuel Neuer in the opening minutes after making a clever turn. Shortly thereafter, Benoit Cheyrou made an impressive run from deep and found Jeremy Morel, but the left-back's finish was kicked clear by the goalkeeper.

Marseille would rue their missed chances, as in the 13th minute, Olic opened the scoring on the night and opened up a three-goal aggregate advantage for the 2010 losing finalists. Franck Ribery dribbled with the ball with a mazy run into the right side of the box before crossing low, and the Croatian striker stabbed home from close range.


Bayern Munich have won their last ten home matches in all competitions- scoring 34 and conceding just 4 goals.

The visitors reacted well and continued their positive play, with Stephane Mbia's long-range blast forcing Manuel Neuer to tip over the bar. But Bayern gained full control of the match before the half-hour mark, as Toni Kroos and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk both forced fine saves from Steve Mandanda.

Thomas Muller, who before half-time was withdrawn due to an apparent hamstring injury, forced Mandanda into action on 30 minutes, with a glancing header, and Kroos shortly thereafter rattled the left post with another strong effort from outside the box.

Bayern kept up the pressure, and on 37 minutes, Olic completed his double on the counterattack. Ribery and David Alaba exchanged passes from deep in their own half before the Austrian crossed to Olic, who again finished from close range.

After the half-time break, the hosts stepped off the throttle as Marseille enjoyed more of the possession than before, but lacked incisiveness in the final third.


Marseille have lost four out of five European ties when they have suffered defeat in the first leg.

Ribery continued to be dangerous and forced a couple fine challenges to deny a look at goal before Kroos flashed another attempt narrowly wide.

As the final quarter of the match approached, Marseille had their best chance of the game, but Brandao's open header from inside the six-yard box missed over the bar.

The Brazilian striker's attempt would be an anomaly, however, as the final 20 minutes had a training ground feel about them. This suited Kroos, who was substituted without having been booked, as well as Jerome Boateng and Luiz Gustavo, who also avoided bookings that would have seen them slapped with a ban.

The result sees Bayern advance to the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of Real Madrid's tie with APOEL. Marseille will have to focus on Ligue 1 play from now to season's end.


Tuesday 3rd April 2012

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd leg 

Allianz Arena


Bayern Munich 2-0 Marseille                                KO 7:45pm            (HT 2-0)         (Aggregate 4-0)

Olic 13, 37


Bayern Munich:  1 Neuer- 7.5/10, 27 Alaba- 7.5/10, 17 Boateng- 8/10, 28 Badstuber- 7.5/10, 21 Lahm (C)- 7/10, 7 Ribery- 8.5/10, 30 Luis Gustavo- 7.5/10, 44 Tymoshchuk- 7/10, 39 Kroos- 6/10 (Rafinha 64- 4/10), 25 Mueller- 7/10 (Pranjic 72- 3.5/10), 11 Olic- 7.5/10 (Gomez 81- 2.5/10).

Subs not used:  22 Butt, 26 Diego Contento, 10 Robben, 9 Petersen 

Booked:      Alaba (65)


Marseille:  30 Mandanda- 7.5/10, 2 Azpilicueta- 7/10, 15 Morel- 7/10 (Kabore 55- 4.5/10), 24 Fanni- 5.5/10, 3 N'Koulou- 6.5/10, 7 Cheyrou- 6.5/10, 17 M'Bia- 6.5/10, 28 Valbuena- 7/10, 11 Remy- 6/10 (Amalfitano 74- 3.5/10), 9 Brandao- 6/10 (Pierre-Gignac 74- 3.5/10), 20 Andre Ayew- 6.5/10.

Subs not used:  16 Andrade, 13 Traore, 26 Sabo, 23 Jordan Ayew

Booked:      M'Bia (23)


My Man of the Match:      Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)- Rating 8.5/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:      Rod Fanni (Marseille)- Rating 5/10


Referee: Svein Oddar Moen (Denmark)- 9/10
Attendance: 66,231 

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