Champions League! Bayern Munich Thrash Besiktas 3-1 To Book Place In Quarter-Finals
Bayern Munich reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive year with a thumping victory over Besiktas.
The German champions led 5-0 on aggregate after the first leg, and Thiago’s early goal in Istanbul extended their advantage.
A Gokhan Gonul own goal immediately after half-time doubled Bayern’s lead, before Vagner Love pulled one back.
Sandro Wagner wrapped up a comfortable win for Bayern with a tap-in.
Besiktas – the first Turkish side to win a Champions League group – fielded six players aged 30 or older.
They started stronger than Bayern but it was the visitors who had the first chance when David Alaba’s free-kick was palmed low into the path of Thomas Muller, but he sliced over.
Thiago broke the deadlock with a simple tap-in from Muller’s perfectly weighted cross, quelling Besiktas’ early energy with his second Champions League goal of the season.
But he lasted just 35 minutes before being substituted.