Bayern Munich are through to their fourth consecutive Champions League quarter-finals, as they dismantled 10-man Shakhtar 7-0 at the Munich Allianz Arena in their last-16 second leg.

Thomas Muller scored the game’s first goal from the penalty spot in the fourth minute, after Oleksandr Kucher was sent off for tripping Mario Gotze in the area, as he was advancing towards the goal. This was the quickest dismissal in the competition’s history on a night where it all went wrong for the Ukrainian Champions. After Kucher’s sent off, it was one-way traffic for Bayern.

Jerome Boateng then doubled Bayern’s lead, ten minutes before the break after Robert Lewandowski had seen his header hit the far post; the Polish striker then caused a save from Shakhtar’s keeper. By half-time Bayern enjoyed 79% of the possession and had registered 15 shots on target compared to Donetsk’s one.  

The Bavarians continued well after the break and Franck Ribery scored their third  goal in the 49th minute, as the Ukrainians began to fall apart at the home of the German Champions.  Muller then shortly added his second and his side’s fourth of the night, before Holger Badstuber headed in a near post cross powerfully in the 63rd minute. Lewandowski finally scored his deserved goal in the 75th minute, after finding space in the visitors’ backline, to make it 6-0 for the hosts, and Gotze scored seventh, to achieve a record-equalling night in the tournament for Bayern Munich. This was Bayern Munich’s second 7-0 thrashing in this year’s Champions league after they had dismantled Roma earlier in the group stages.  

Bayern reaching their eight quarter-final in eleven seasons was going to be a formality, as they strangled the game with nearly three-quarters of the entire possession. The Germans have only been eliminated from the competition once, after drawing the first leg 0-0 to Liverpool in the 1981 semi-finals, when Liverpool went on to win the competition. Pep Guardiola’s side were the 2013 champions and are currently the tournament favourites. #Football