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Bayern thrash Besiktas to reach Champions League last eight

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    Thiago’s opening strike was Bayern Munich’s 100th goal in all competitions this season

    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.

    Vagner Love celebrates scoring a consolation goal for Besiktas

    Bayern extended their lead moments after the start of the second half when Turkey international Gonul flicked the ball into his own net from a Rafinha cross.

    Besiktas improved and were rewarded when they pulled a goal back following a mistake in the Bayern defence, Love slotting into the bottom corner past Sven Ulreich for his first Champions League goal since 2011.

    They could have had a second just minutes later when Mustafa Pektemek’s shot from close range was deflected behind by Alaba.

    But Bayern scored their third of the night with six minutes remaining when substitute Wagner chested a deflected cross into an empty net.

    ‘It was a bit wild’ – what they said

    Bayern Munich captain Thomas Muller: “In the second half we were not really in control. It was a bit wild, all over the place.

    “We lost possession too often, made unnecessary fouls.

    “We won 3-1 away from home but somehow that second half did not feel really that good.”

    Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes: “It was a convincing result. Besiktas hadn’t lost here in the Champions League, so it wasn’t easy.

    “We scored at the right times and it’s normal that we dropped off a little – losing some focus after winning 5-0 is just human.

    “The only negative today is that we picked up too many yellow cards.”

    Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup: “We lost our qualification chances in the first leg, so this game was just a formality.

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    “We want to win the Turkish Super league again and come back to the Champions League stronger next season.”

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