A questionable booking and send off once again settled things between Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsek. Capitalizing on what was either an ill-advised foul or too harsh a punishment from referee William Collum, Munich played with a man advantage for all but three minutes and claimed a 7-0 blowout victory on aggregate over Shakhtar on Wednesday at Allianz Arena to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals.
After a scoreless first-leg, marred by midfielder Xabi Alonso’s red card in the 65th minute, Munich took advantage of Shakhtar defender Olexandr Kucher’s major blunder in the third minute to move on to the quarters for the eighth time in the last nine years.
The quickest red card issuance in Champions League history at 2:39, Kucher was booked for tripping up midfielder Mario Gotze near the left side of the penalty area for what surely looked like an excellent scoring opportunity.
Notching the first link on his brace, Thomas Muller would bury the penalty easily and Pep Guardiola’s side would never relinquish the lead, but Shakhtar’s defensive effort for the rest of the first half should still be lauded.
Munich would need to fire off 11 more shots before finally breaking past Shakhtar’s backline and keeper Andriy Pyatov, who finished with five saves.
Defender Jerome Boateng would completely rule out any chance of a miraculous Shakhtar comeback on away goals, booting in a rebound of Robert Lewandowski’s blocked attempt in the 34th minute for the 2-0 advantage.
Munich would put up six shots on target, 15 total, in the first 45 minutes, and more goals likely didn’t come sooner after midfielder Arjen Robben was pulled in the 19th minute with an apparent hamstring injury.
Despite Robben’s absence, Mueller and Franck Ribery would blow the match open in the second half. In the 49th, Ribery and defender David Alaba would overload Shakhtar’s left wing and work a give-and-go to free the Frenchmen up for a left-footed strike past Pyatov. Mueller would connect his brace two minutes later, slotting a right-footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner of the net.
Munich defender Holger Badstuber would tally his first goal in any competition this term in the 63rd, with a powerful direct header off a chipped cross by Rafinha.
Posting a team-high seven total shots, Lewandowski would finally get in on the action in the 75th minute, powering Bastian Schweinsteiger’s high-arching through ball with a right-footed shot near the top of the area.
Gotze capped the day with his goal in 87th, converting Boateng’s sweeping cross from the right sideline into a nutmeg and goal.
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