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Brilliant Bayern push Porto aside

Published: Tuesday 21 April 2015, 22.37CET
FC Bayern München 6-1 FC Porto (agg: 7-4)
The home side scored five times in the first half, Robert Lewandowski getting two, to reach a fourth straight semi-final with comfort.

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Match statistics

BayernPorto

Goals scored6
 
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts21
 
2
on target10
 
1
off target5
 
1
blocked6
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
1
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed19
 
19
Fouls suffered17
 
19
Passes502
 
430
completed430
 
365

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 21 April 2015, 22.37CET

Brilliant Bayern push Porto aside

FC Bayern München 6-1 FC Porto (agg: 7-4)
The home side scored five times in the first half, Robert Lewandowski getting two, to reach a fourth straight semi-final with comfort.

Bayern storm into fourth straight semi-final by overwhelming Porto in Munich
• Thiago Alcántara and Jérôme Boateng wipe out first-leg deficit
Robert Lewandowski scores twice and Thomas Müller once before half-time
Jackson Martínez gets consolation but Xabi Alonso curls in late free-kick
The semi-final draw takes place in Nyon from 12.00CET on Friday

FC Bayern München eased into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the fourth year in a row, making light of both FC Porto and their own history with a dominant attacking display.

The German champions faced a two-goal deficit but were level on aggregate before a quarter of the match had elapsed, Thiago Alcántara and Jérôme Boateng heading them into a two-goal cushion on the night. Robert Lewandowski added two more either side of Thomas Müller's deflected effort and, though Jackson Martínez scored a consolation for Porto, Bayern cruised through. Xabi Alonso added a late sixth after Porto's Iván Marcano had collected his second yellow card of the game.

Thiago's Bayern delight

Beaten 3-1 in Portugal last week, Bayern were up against it – and had never before overturned a two-goal first-leg away defeat in UEFA competition. Josep Guardiola's team bristled with intent from the outset, however, and came close to halving their aggregate arrears in the tenth minute, Müller racing onto Lewandowski's through pass. Fabiano made his first save but Lewandowski was first to the rebound; at full stretch, his effort came back off the post.

Bayern's breakthrough was not long delayed. Mario Götze kept the ball alive from the left and found Juan Bernat to deliver a perfect cross, Thiago's header leaving Fabiano with no chance. Eight minutes later it was 2-0, Holger Badstuber nodding Thiago's right-wing corner back across goal and Boateng's powerful leap preceding a header that crept inside Fabiano's left-hand post.

Great UEFA Champions League comebacks

The home side were relentless, and in the 27th minute they moved in front in the tie for the first time. When Philipp Lahm retrieved possession on the right and his cross was volleyed on by Müller, Lewandowski powered in the headed opportunity.

If Bayern's first goals had all been well worked, the fourth carried an air of fortune. Thiago picked up the ball just inside the Porto half and moved it on to Müller, whose 25-metre shot deflected off Bruno Martins Indi to wrongfoot Fabiano.

The goalscorer was involved again as Bayern made it five in the 40th minute – the third time they have registered five in the first half of a UEFA Champions League match – cutting the ball back for Lewandowski. The Pole showed quick feet to create space and fired unerringly past Fabiano.

Xabi Alonso: Better than the best script

Perhaps not surprisingly, the pace of Bayern's game dropped in the second half and Porto took advantage to belatedly get a foothold in the contest. It became more than that when Jackson turned in Hector Herrera's centre. The Colombian had another golden opening moments later but his drive flashed just wide, and with that Porto's glimmer of hope had gone.

Instead it was Bayern who crowned their recovery with a fine sixth goal after Marcano had received his second caution for bringing down Thiago. Alonso completed a memorable night in Munich by curling the free-kick beyond Fabiano.

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Thiago Alcántara celebrates putting Bayern in front

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Jérôme Boateng rises highest to make it 2-0 in the 21st minute

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Philipp Lahm urges on his Bayern team-mates

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Robert Lewandowski wheels away after making it three

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Josep Guardiola issues instructions to his Bayern players

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Thomas Müller enjoys the moment after scoring Bayern's fourth

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Robert Lewandowski made it five for Bayern with his second of the night

Last updated: 27/07/16 15.28CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

porto

Porto

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
12
FabianoFabiano (GK)
3
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Goal88
3
Martins IndiBruno Martins Indi
6
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
Goal14
Substitution90
4
MaiconMaicon
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Goal27
Goal40
5
MarcanoIván Marcano
Yellow Card71
Red Card87
13
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution72
6
CasemiroCasemiro
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Goal22
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution46
18
BernatJuan Bernat
8
BrahimiYacine Brahimi
Substitution67
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution86
9
MartínezJackson Martínez (C)
Yellow Card38
Goal73
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
13
ReyesDiego Reyes
Substitution33
25
MüllerThomas Müller
Goal36
16
HerreraHéctor Herrera
Yellow Card34
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
Yellow Card42
30
Óliver TorresÓliver Torres

Substitutes

23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
4
DanteDante
Substitution90
10
QuinteroJuan Quintero
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
15
EvandroEvandro
Substitution67
16
GaudinoGianluca Gaudino
17
HernâniHernâni
20
RodeSebastian Rode
Substitution72
21
RicardoRicardo
Substitution33
Yellow Card65
30
WeiserMitchell Weiser
Substitution86
36
Rúben NevesRúben Neves
Substitution46
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
99
AboubakarVincent Aboubakar

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Julen Lopetegui (ESP)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

Darren England (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution