Besiktas 1-3 Bayern Munich (1-8 agg): Bavarians breeze into Champions League last eight
By Richard Morgan
Last Updated: 15/03/18 12:23pm
Bayern Munich beat Besiktas 3-1 (8-1 agg) at the Vodafone Arena to cruise through to the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Jupp Heynckes' side, leading 5-0 from the first leg of their last-16 clash, went ahead through Thiago (18), before Gokhan Gonul's unfortunate own goal doubled their advantage less than 40 seconds into the second half.
However, despite Vagner Love pulling one back just before the hour mark, substitute Sandro Wagner added a late third for the visitors (84), who have now lost just once in 28 games since Heynckes returned to the club.
Besiktas: Zengin (6), Gonul (6), Medel (7), Uysal (6), Erkin (6), Ozyakup (6), Arslan (6), Quaresma (8), Vagner Love (7), Pektemek (6), Lens (7)
Subs: Babel (6), Hutchinson (6), Anderson Talisca (7)
Bayern: Ulreich (7), Rafinha (8), Boateng (6), Hummels (5), Alaba (8), Vidal (9), Javi Martinez (7), Thiago (8), Muller (8), Lewandowski (6), Ribery (7)
Subs: Wagner (7), Sule (7), Rodriguez (8)
Man of the match: Arturo Vidal
The Bavarians almost went ahead after just 10 minutes when the returning Tolga Zengin could only push David Alaba's dipping free-kick straight to the waiting Thomas Muller.
However, the unmarked forward somehow managed to miss the gaping goal from six yards out, although that was soon forgotten as the visitors took the lead eight minutes later.
Bayern built beautifully from the back as Franck Ribery escaped down the left wing, before finding Arturo Vidal, who then released Muller down the opposite flank.
And the Germany international's inch-perfect centre was met by the unmarked Thiago, who beat Zengin with a composed finish for his second goal in this season's competition.
It was not all good news for Bayern, though, with the influential Spaniard limping off 10 minutes before the break, although that loss did not appear to affect the visitors as they went further ahead in the first minute of the second half.
Ribery and Rafinha played a neat exchange of passes down the right, before Gonul inadvertently turned the latter's cross past his own 'keeper.
Besiktas were without injured duo Dusko Tosic and Pepe.
Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and Manuel Neuer were all sidelined for Bayern due to injury, but James Rodriguez was fit enough for a place on the bench.
The home team, though, refused to let heads drop and deservedly pulled a goal back when Love took advantage of some sloppy Bayern defending to roll the ball under Sven Ulreich, only for the Bundesliga side to have the final say.
James Rodriguez - on for the injured Thiago - and Alaba broke clear down the left wing, before the Austrian's deflected cross was tapped home from virtually on the goal line by substitute Wagner.
All of which means Bayern will head into Friday's draw for the last eight in rude health having won their last six Champions League matches in a row, while Heynckes has also become the first coach to win 11 straight games in Europe's premier club competition.
- Bayern have now reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive season.
- The last time Bayern won at least six consecutive games in a single European campaign was back in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup, when they won seven on the bounce on the way to lifting the trophy.
- The German side are responsible for four of the seven biggest aggregate victories in Champions League knockout stage history (12-1 vs Sporting Lisbon 2008-09, 10-2 vs Arsenal 2016-17, 7-0 vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2014-15 and 8-1 vs Beşiktaş 2017-18).
- All seven of Bayern's away goals in this season's Champions League have been scored by different players. (Lewandowski, Martinez, Coman, Tolisso, Thiago, Wagner and a Gökhan Gönül own goal),
- Besiktas have now lost all four of their Champions League matches against Bayern, losing by an aggregate score of 1-12.
- Bayern have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 consecutive away Champions League games, one short of their longest such run in the competition of 13 in December 2000.
Senol Gunes: "We lost today, but we were not beaten in terms of the game play. My players fought hard but they could have been more careful.
"We do not want to boast about our unbeaten group run and do not want to dwell on this elimination. We want to keep on being on this stage next year."
Jupp Heynckes: "Managers think differently than the media. It turns out I had a record of scoring in successive home games but I only learned about it when (Robert) Lewandowski came close breaking it.
"For me, it's about playing good football, seeing my team improve and offering a good spectacle."
Man of the Match - Arturo Vidal
The brilliant Chile international controlled proceedings from central midfield all afternoon long and the 30-year-old midfielder will be integral if the Bavarians are to go on and win a sixth European Cup in Kiev next month.
Besiktas travel to Basaksehir in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday, March 18, while Bayern are also next in action on Sunday afternoon as the champions-elect visit RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.