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Olić at the double as Bayern march on

Published: Tuesday 3 April 2012, 22.45CET
FC Bayern München 2-0 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 4-0)
The Bavarian giants are two games away from a home final after a pair of first-half goals from Ivica Olić wrapped up a comfortable last-eight triumph.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernMarseille

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners9
 
2
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 3 April 2012, 22.45CET

Olić at the double as Bayern march on

FC Bayern München 2-0 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 4-0)
The Bavarian giants are two games away from a home final after a pair of first-half goals from Ivica Olić wrapped up a comfortable last-eight triumph.

Two first-half goals from Ivica Olić ensured FC Bayern München sailed into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after a second-leg victory against Olympique de Marseille.

The Croatian forward, given a rare start in place of Mario Gomez, converted crosses from either flank to complete a 4-0 aggregate win that takes Bayern one step closer to a dream home final on 19 May. Marseille rarely troubled the German side, but bow out with heads held high having reached the quarter-finals for the first time since winning the competition in 1993.

Despite their healthy first-leg advantage, Bayern delivered on their promise to "play as if it were 1-1" and soon issued a warning shot as Toni Kroos fired over following a smart interchange. OM, eager to dent their hosts' confidence, were also lively and tested Manuel Neuer through Loïc Remy and Jérémy Morel early on. Yet their uphill task became steeper still when Olić struck the opener 13 minutes in, converting Franck Ribéry's cross following the Frenchman's trademark run down the right.

Having received a frosty reception upon his return to the south of France a week ago, Ribéry had a point to prove on home turf and constantly probed the Marseille defence. Neuer saved spectacularly from Stéphane Mbia at the other end, but it was opposite number Steve Mandanda who endured far the busier half. The OM captain made two stops in quick succession to deny Kroos and then Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, before thwarting Olić at close quarters and scooping Thomas Müller's header over the bar.

There were only so many efforts Mandanda could keep out and the 27-year-old was left mopping his brow with relief when a rasping strike from Kroos smacked the post with the goalkeeper at full stretch. When Mandanda was beaten again there was no second escape as Olić doubled his and Bayern's tally on 37 minutes, tucking in David Alaba's low left-wing centre at the near post.

With Bayern cruising, the match lost some of its impetus following the restart, though the home side remained on the front foot, Ribéry's ceaseless energy deprived the visiting defence of a moment's respite. As the rain began to stream into the stadium, Marseille's night was summed up as Benoît Cheyrou delivered an inviting cross for Brandão, who headed over in space at the far post.

That chance was borne of some improved possession from Didier Deschamps' side, but it was as good as it got for the visitors even if Mathieu Valbuena almost caught out Neuer with a miscued cross from the left. Olić was given a standing ovation by the capacity Munich crowd and, though his replacement Gomez failed to add to his 11-goal tally this season, the Bayern fans were already rubbing their hands at the prospect of welcoming either Real Madrid CF or APOEL FC in the last four on 17 April.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.02CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

marseille

Marseille

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
11
OlićIvica Olić
Goal13
Goal37
Substitution75
3
N'KoulouNicolas N'Koulou
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
9
BrandãoBrandão
Substitution74
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution39
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution63
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
Yellow Card64
15
MorelJérémy Morel
Substitution46
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Yellow Card37
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
20
A. AyewAndré Ayew
39
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution67
24
FanniRod Fanni
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena

Substitutes

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
16
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
9
PetersenNils Petersen
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution74
10
RobbenArjen Robben
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Substitution63
13
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution39
13
TraoréDjimi Traoré
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution67
18
AmalfitanoMorgan Amalfitano
Substitution46
26
ContentoDiego Contento
23
J. AyewJordan Ayew
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution75
26
SaboJean-Philippe Sabo

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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