Four goals from Mario Gomez saw Bayern Munich stroll into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, as the German giants belied their first-leg deficit to crush Basel 7-0 at the Allianz Arena.
Trailing 1-0 from the first meeting in Switzerland, Bayern never looked in jeopardy of exiting the competition once Arjen Robben had given the Germans the lead in the 11th minute.
It was a cruel way for Basel to exit the Champions League after having been so impressive throughout the campaign, which included their eliminating of Manchester United in the group phase.
Things began looking bad for the Swiss champions early on, though, after Robben's smart finish leveled up the tie. Toni Kroos' shot took a wicked deflection to find its way through to the Dutch winger clear on goal. And with Basel defenders stood stationary appealing in vein for an offside flag, Robben struck the ball left-footed across goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
And Bayern soon took the lead in the tie, with Robben again involved. This time the former-Real Madrid man swung in a left-footed cross to the near post where it was met crisply on the volley by Thomas Muller to send the ball flying into the net.
With Basel desperate to get to half-time for a much-needed breather, Bayern made it 3-0 a minute before the break when Gomez grabbed his first of the night with a close-range finish. A deep free-kick to the back post was knocked back across goal by Holger Badstuber, with Gomez--as he has been so often this season--in the right place at the right time to finish into the empty net.
Despite going into at the break trailing by three goals, Basel were still in the tie. If the visitors were able to get two goals back in the second half then they would go through on the away goals rule.
But that was always an optimistic theory form Basel's point of view and any hope was extinguished when Gomez struck again in the 50th minute. Frank Ribery exploded down the left before crossing the ball into the on-rushing striker. With the ball going slightly behind Gomez, he did superbly well to adjust and meet the ball perfectly on his left foot to give Sommer no chance.
And Ribery was again the architect 11 minutes later. This time the Frenchman chipped a perfect ball across right onto the head of Gomez who was never going to miss from point-blank range.
Following Gomez's hat-trick, Ribery then completed his hat-trick of assists by again terrorizing Basel right-back Markus Steinhofer, before putting the ball into the middle for Gomez to apply the finishing touch. From slightly further out this time around, Gomez finished spectacularly, driving the ball left-footed high into the net from 12 yards out, following Ribery's clever cut back.
Basel's humiliation was complete nine minutes from time as Robben grabbed his second of the night. The ease at which Robben evaded a desperate defensive lunge and strolled past Sommer before slotting into an empty net summed-up how simple Bayern had made their task, which had appeared a difficult one prior to the match, appear.