Two of this season's Champions League semi-finalists were decided last night as Bayern Munich and Barcelona continued their pursuit of Europe's top silverware. Bayern proved to be an irresistible force against Porto, turning in a five star display in a torrid opening 45 minutes for the Portuguese side, as they easily overturned their first leg deficit to win 6-1 on the night. By contrast, Barcelona were already firmly in control after beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in Paris, cruising to a 2-0 victory in Spain.

Bayern seemed to be face a stern test of their European pedigree after a poor display in Porto had left them trailing 3-1.

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Their first-half display in Munich belied any such concerns though as they swept their opponents away, scoring five goals without reply. Manager Pep Guardiola could not hide his enjoyment of their attacking master class from the touchline, as the initial concern turned to beaming smiles by the interval. Afterwards he described the German side's need to reach the last-four as being "about life or death" and it certainly seemed that way in the early stages. Thiago Alcantara's glancing header set them on their way, before a moment of heading ping pong in the area was settled when Jerome Boateng headed home. A flowing move by the German champions allowed Robert Lewandowski to make it three nil after just 27 minutes. World Cup winner Thomas Muller scored thanks to a large deflection that wrong-footed the goalkeeper, before Lewandowski picked his spot to fire clinically through a mass of legs to complete the 5-0 half-time rout.

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The pace slackened after the interval with no real need to chase further goals by the home side. So much so that Porto at last was able to release the iron grip and score a consolation goal. It had taken them 73 minutes, but at least Jackson Martinez gave the visiting fans something to cheer about. Their dismal night continued though when Ivan Marcano received his second yellow card to reduce Porto to ten men for the final moments. The resultant free-kick was expertly curled into the net by Xabi Alonso to complete a 6-1 mauling, seeing Bayern through emphatically 7-4 on aggregate.

Besides conceding in the second half, Guardiola's only other uncomfortable moment on the night came when his suit trousers developed a large rip up the side. Television pictures zoomed in on his wardrobe issues but who knows, it may become a fashion statement similar to ripped jeans in future years.

Barcelona were already firmly in the driving seat against big spending #Psg thanks to a sparkling away performance.

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They reinforced their superiority over their French rivals with a solid 2-0 victory at the Camp Nou, Neymar scoring both their goals in the first half. His first owed a debt of gratitude to Andres Iniesta's spellbinding run that turned defence into attack, before slipping the Brazilian in to round the keeper. Neymar's second was a precise header from a Dani Alves cross. That completed a confident 5-1 overall success on aggregate. #Football #Champions League