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Bayern thump Besiktas to reach Champions League last eight

Bayern thump Besiktas to reach Champions League last eight

Thiago finished from a Thomas Muller cross to extend Bayern's advantage and score their 100th goal of the season, but the Spain worldwide was withdrawn before the break, coach Jupp Heynckes perhaps wishing he had rested more key names after picking a strong side.

Bayern added a second soon after the break, when Gökhan Gonul turned home into his own net in the 46th minute.

However, Bayern restored their two-goal cushion on the night courtesy of a strike from Sandro Wagner.

The qualification marks the seventh straight season the German giants have reached the last eight of the competition as Jupp Heynckes' side look for their sixth title overall and first since 2013.

Besiktas' best chance of the first period fell to Ricardo Quaresma in the 38th minute, but the Portuguese saw his free kick just miss the crossbar.




Thiago limped off before half-time, giving Bayern an injury concern for the rest of the season.

An innocuous right-wing cross from Rafinha should have been easy to clear, but Gonul poked the ball past Zengin under no pressure whatsoever.

English referee Michael Oliver was forced to stop play until it was safely removed.

Besiktas did have one back just before the hour when Vagner Love slotted into the bottom corner of the net.

However, Sandro Wagner bagged Bayern's third of the night six minutes before time after controlling Alaba's cross at the far post before firing home at the far post to seal a 3-1 win on the night and 8-1 on aggregate.


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