Bayern Munich cruise into Champions League quarter-finals for seventh year in row

Bayern Munich cruise into Champions League quarter-finals - NGscoop

Bayern Munich cruise into Champions League quarter-finals - NGscoop

Bayern Munich made light work of Besiktas as the German giants cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for seventh year in a row.

A 5-0 home win in the first leg made Bayern’s progress to the last eight almost inevitable, and Jupp Heynckes’ men dispatched their Turkish hosts 3-1 on the night to breeze through to the next round.

It was a record 11th straight victory in the competition for coach Heynckes, who had led Bayern to the title in 2013 before retiring and returning this season.

The German side went ahead through Thiago Alcantara in the 18th minute to kill off any lingering hopes of a miracle recovery by the Turkish team.

The Spaniard, however, was taken off with a suspected ankle problem a little later after only recently returning from an injury break.

Bayern, who could secure their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title at the weekend, went 2-0 up seconds after the second-half restart when Gokhan Gonul volleyed a Rafinha cross into his own net.

Besiktas, who were missing their entire central defence, offered little resistance despite controlling possession.

They did manage to pull a goal back through Vagner Love’s effort in the 58th minute, which breathed some brief life into the hosts and the 40,000 home fans.

Yet Bayern substitute Sandro Wagner chested in a David Alaba cross with six minutes remaining to make sure of Bayern’s victory.

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