Bayern Munich 7 – FC Basel 0


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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10) of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, who has now scored 47 goals in all competitions for the German outfit since arriving from Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, loses his balance as Cape Verdean-born midfielder CABRAL (24) of Swiss Super Liga side FC Basel controls the ball during the pivotal UEFA Champions League knockout tie at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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March 13, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, second leg

7 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ——— Gomez 44′, 50′, 61′, 67′, Robben 10′, 81′, Mueller 42′
0 – FC BASEL (Switz)

After requiring only ten minutes to square the the tie, the home side remained disciplined and patient before errupting for five goals within a twenty-five minute period in the middle of the match as record-breaking BAYERN MUNICH absolutely demolished visiting FC BASEL 7-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 knockout encounter.

Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN latched onto a partially-deflected pass from Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS in the penalty area and proceeded to rocket a left-footed laser just inside the far post for the equalizer that Bayern Munich so badly wanted. This effectively calmed the nerves of the record German champions, who clearly took control early and went on to outshoot FC Basel badly (11-1) over the first half hour of the contest. The all-important, go-ahead goal arrived just three minutes before the break when Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER volleyed a cross from Robben past FC Basel goalkeper YANN SOMMER to register his very first strike in the UEFA Champions League this season.

This triggered a back-breaking tidal wave of goals from Bayern Munich’s Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, the current leading scorer in the Bundesliga who had been thoroughly bottled up by FC Basel at Sankt Jakob Park in Switzerland. A memorable four goals in all, then, from Super Mario, who stretched his count in the UEFA Champions League to eleven this term and, overall, totals 34 goals in all competitions for the Bavarians this 2011/12 season. The architect of the last three tallies from Gomez was in-form France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who leads the Bavarians again this term with eleven assists in the Bundesliga, operating on his traditional left-hand side of the pitch.

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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who has now registered nine goals and 14 assists in 28 UEFA Champions League matches for Bayern Munich since transferring from French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille in the summer of 2007, seeks to split the FC Basel midfield pair of CABRAL (24) and Switzerland international GRANIT XHAKA (34) during the UEFA Champions League clash at the sold-out Allianz Arena in the south German state of Bavaria.
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Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, still working on a return to full match fitness, distributed a brilliant ball which resulted in Bayern Munich club history being written with less than ten minutes to play. The surgical pass into the penalty box allowed Robben to swoop in from the right and swiftly dance around the hapless Sommer. A second goal on the night and 11th of the season in all competitions from the Dangerous Dutchman, then, enabled the unstoppable Bavarians to establish a new club record for largest margin of victory since the UEFA Champions League was first created roughly two decades ago.

The triumph over FC Basel at the Allianz Arena also ranks as Bayern Munich’s second biggest win ever in the history of the European Cup / UEFA Champions League competition. Previously, the Bavarians clobbered AC Omonia Nicosia of Cyprus 9-0 at the Olympiastadion in Munich almost forty years ago in late October of 1972. Legendary striker GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER, fresh from a UEFA European Championships title won with the West German national team that summer in Belgium, collected five goals against the unfortunate Cypriots that benchmark night.

Perhaps more importantly, the monumental victory over the reigning Swiss champion allowed Bayern Munich to thoroughly erase the bitter memories experienced at this stage of the UEFA Champions League last season. To review, the Bavarians were comfortably leading Italian Serie A power Inter Milan 3-1 in the second leg of the tie with less than half an hour to play at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Two late strikes conceded, however, allowed the competition’s 2010 titlist to just barely escape on away goals.

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Switzerland World Cup reserve midfielder XHERDAN SHAQIRI (17) of FC Basel, the talented 20-year-old who will transfer to Bayern Munich this summer for a fee of 10.0 million Euros, is shadowed by Germany World Cup reserve midfielder TONI KROOS (39) during the critical second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 knockout tie at the sold-out Allianz Arena.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba – Luiz Gustavo, Kroos – Robben (Tymoshchuk 82′), Mueller (Schweinsteiger 70′), Ribery (Pranjic 79′) – Gomez

FC BASEL : Sommer – Steinhoefer (Degen 70′), Abraham, Dragovic, Park – Shaqiri (Zoua 80′), Cabral, Xhaka, F. Frei (Stocker 61′) – A. Frei, Streller

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