Bayern Munich 7 – 1 Sporting Lisbon: Humiliation for Lisbon

German Football
By German Football March 10, 2009 21:14

Bayern Munich 7 – 1 Sporting Lisbon: Humiliation for Lisbon

Bayern carried on where they left off two weeks ago, inflicting a record 12-1 aggregate defeat on Sporting Lisbon to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg, a double from Lukas Podolski and Anderson Polga’s own goal put them 3-0 up on the night within 40 minutes before Joao Moutinho pulled one back in stunning fashion.

It was the briefest respite for Sporting, though, Bastian Schweinsteiger hitting an immediate reply, before Mark van Bommel, Miroslav Klose (pen) and Thomas Muller netted in the second half.

The result was a record aggregate winning margin for a post-group stage Champions League game, surpassing Lyon’s 10-2 demolition of Werder Bremen in 2005.

The scoring began in the eighth minute, Podolski combining well with Ze Roberto on the edge of the box after Bayern took advantage of a poor defensive clearance before hammering home from the edge of the box.

Bayern were rampant and Klose came within inches of making it 2-0 after 19 minutes.

Some slick Bayern interplay on the edge of the box ended with Van Bommel firing goalwards, though his strike was beaten away by Rui Patricio.

Klose pounced on the rebound but his effort grazed the post.

After 29 minutes, Schweinsteiger curled in a free-kick in and Philip Lahm, unmarked, stretched but could only deflect the ball wide.

A minute later another Schweinsteiger cross found Klose, who made a mess of his effort from close range.

The second finally came after 34 minutes, albeit in slightly farcical circumstances.

A long punt from the Bayern keeper Jorg Butt sailed through to the edge of the Sporting area.

It should have been simple for the visiting defence, but a horrible mix-up between Polga and and Patricio allowed Podolski to flick the ball over his head and into the empty net.

Polga’s night got even worse 39 later when he scored an own goal, volleying Schweinsteiger’s cross into his own net with what looked like assurity.

There was a brief hiatus in Sporting’s embarrassment when Moutinho’s classy strike arrowed into the far left corner three minutes before the break to reduce the arrears.

But barely a minute later, Christian Lell pulled the ball back for Schweinsteiger to sweep home, making it 9-1 on aggregate.

Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes at half-time, bringing on Jose Sosa and Breno for Ze Roberto and Lucio.

Perhaps inevitably with such a mammoth cushion, their intensity dipped and they failed to create the same amount of scoring opportunities after the break.

A fifth did arrive, though, in the 74th minute, substitute Muller’s cross headed across goal by Klose for Van Bommel to control and fire home.

And Klose continued to pile on the woe for Sporting in the 82nd minute, picking himself up from a foul by Pedro Silva to convert the subsequent penalty.

Teenager Muller, making his Champions League debut, rounded things off in the final minute, poking home from Sosa’s corner.

German Football
By German Football March 10, 2009 21:14
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