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Bayern Munich 7 – Shakhtar Donetsk 0: Bayern Ease To Champions League Quarter Finals

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THEY say you need to ride your luck to win the Champions League – and even five-times title holders Bayern Munich would not turn up their noses at a slice.

But Pep Guardiola’s men certainly wouldn’t have expected the gift they received from Shaktar Donetsk just three minutes into the second leg last night which put them firmly on course for the quarter-finals.

Mario Gotze skipped into the area and was taken out by Olexandr Kucher. It was a last-man challenge and the defender was promptly given a red card by referee William Collum to make it the fastest sending off in Champions League history.

Thomas Muller duly slotted the penalty.

It was the last thing Shakhtar needed and, not surprisingly, they crumbled in the second half as Bayern went goal crazy to equal the record Champions League knockout stage margin of victory, which they set themselves against Basle in 2012.

Not even the loss of Arjen Robben after 18 minutes with a hamstring strain could make much difference to Guardiola’s men.

A second goal arrived when Gotze crossed, and Jerome Boateng nodded down to Robert Lewandowski. He was denied by keeper Andriy Pyatov but Boateng put the rebound into an empty net.

Game over? It certainly was three minutes into the second half when Franck Ribery raided down the right, cut inside and fired into the bottom corner.

The Ukrainians were in tatters and Muller grabbed his second when Pyatov palmed a cross into his path. Holger Badstuber then grabbed his first goal for the club in six years before Lewandowski and Gotze completed the rout. – Daily Express

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