Bayern Munich 2 – Olympique Marseille 0


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Austria international winger DAVID ALABA (27) of Bayern Munich eyes the ball though running slightly behind Olympique Marseille’s Spain U-21 international fullback CESAR AZPILICUETA (2) during the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie at the sold-out Allianz Arena in the Bavarian region of southern Germany.
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April 3, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Quarterfinal, second leg

2 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ———————— Olic 13′, 37′
0 – OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE (Fra)

Continued strong play between the sticks and a couple of first half strikes by the stand-in striker powered four-times European champion BAYERN MUNICH of Germany past visiting French side OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE 2-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Already ahead a pair of goals on aggregate from the first leg contested last week on the Mediterranean Coast, the Bavarians turned the screws on their guests ever more tighter by grabbing the first goal barely a baker’s dozen minutes into the match. France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, on pace for a career-year scoring goals in the Bundesliga this term, fashioned another scintilating run on the right flank before squaring the ball for a sliding Bayern Munich striker IVICA OLIC to stab past Olympique Marseille’s France international goalkeeper STEVE MANDANDA. And, thus, the Croatia international tallied his first goal in Europe for almost two whole years — the last having arrived along with Olic’s hat trick opposite French side Olympique Lyon during the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal at the end of April, 2010.

Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich had already stopped a couple of Marseille shots before midfielder STEPHANE MBIA forced the 26-year-old netminder into a difficult save with a thundering drive from distance. But it was the Marseille captain Mandanda, suspended for the first leg at home, who had more action to contend with in the first half. The Bavarians, meanwhile, were unlucky to have Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS beat the diving French goalkeeper only for the ball to find the post.

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As if the matter were not already settled, Olic scored his second of the match with another close-range connection in the 37th minute. Austria international DAVID ALABA, the versatile 19-year-old who has done well at left back while Bayern Munich have been on this good run of form as of late, provided the service after a strong overlapping run. Leading the charge through midfield had been the irrepressible Ribery.

Olic’s fourth goal of the season for Bayern Munich in all compeititons left Marseille with the mountain it could never hope to climb.

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Olympique Marseille goalkeeper STEVE MANDANDA, the 27-year-old native of what was then known as Zaire (at present, Democratic Republic of the Congo) who has earned 14 senior international caps thus far for France, punts the ball downfield during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, second leg match opposite record German titlist Bayern Munich at the sold-out Allianz Arena.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba – Tymoshchuk, Luiz Gustavo – Mueller (Rafinha 39′), Kroos (Pranjic 67′), Ribery – Olic (Gomez 75′)

OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE : Mandanda – Azpilicueta, Fanni, Nkoulou, Morel (Amalfitano 46′) – Mbia, Cheyrou – A. Ayew – Valbuena, Remy (Kabore 63′), Brandao (Gignac 74′)

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  1. Matt Boone

    Great game.. glad olic could land a couple. Its a real shame that the refs are going to give madrid penalties so they can go through… you know they want Barca and Madrid… Lets go Bayern!!! If they win the CL this year I will be burning couches in West Chester pa

    • LOOSE CANNON

      It was great to see Olic come good with two goals, was it not? … EVERY team needs a quality second striker on the bench that could, potentially, come on in the second half and get something done, if needed … and, of course, Heaven forbid, anybody could get hurt at any time … Should be good for Olic’s confidence and, perhaps more importantly, morale. Olic, as is well known, is not really happy about not playing so much this year and is thought to be on his way this summer. But Olic is still on Bayern Munich’s roster, he has a goal-scoring record and lots of international experience — so there is no reason to not make the most of Olic so long as he is still here.