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Madrid hold a 3-0 lead heading into the second leg at home and are likely to add to their tally as Goal.com looks at the most lopsided ties in the history of the competition

ANALYSIS
By Max De Luca

APOEL held out valiantly against Real Madrid but were eventually overwhelmed in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash in Nicosia last week.

The Cypriot underdogs offered stiff resistance against Jose Mourinho’s Spanish conquistadors but the introduction of Kaka in the second half proved their undoing in front of a partisan crowd at the GSP Stadium.

Many pundits predicted a cricket score after the quarter-final draw took place and with Los Blancos holding a 3-0 advantage ahead of the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, this tie has the potential to get out of hand.

Madrid have scored five or more goals in 10 different games this season and another such rout on Wednesday could see this become one of the most lopsided ties the competition has ever seen.

With this in mind Goal.com takes a look at the five biggest aggregate victories in the knockout stages of the current Champions League era.

BAYERN MUNICH 12-1 SPORTING LISBON (2008-09)


Bayern Munich scored four goals in the second half of their round of 16 match against Sporting to effectively kill off the tie. Franck Ribery gave the visitors the lead just before the half-time interval before the Bavarians exploded with four goals in the final 45 minutes to put the Portuguese outfit in a big hole.

The return fixture in Munich was even worse for Paulo Bento's men as the Bayern blitz continued. Lukas Podolski scored in the eighth minute and when the smoke cleared, die Roten had emerged 7-1 victors. The 12-1 rout remains the biggest margin of victory over two legs in the Champions League.

Much was expected of the Germans following their record-setting display but Jurgen Klinsmann's side would bow out of the competition in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Barcelona.

LYON 10-2 WERDER BREMEN (2004-05)


Lyon put one foot in the quarter-finals of the 2004-05 edition of the tournament with a 3-0 triumph against Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion. The French side played on the counter and caught out the hosts three times despite Bremen controlling possession for the majority of the contest.

Les Gones showed no mercy in the return fixture at the Stade Gerland and scored three goals in the first 30 minutes to leave the Germans dead and buried. Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf refused to concede defeat and kept pushing men forward but that tactic only compounded the visitors' misery in the 7-2 loss.

The 10-2 two-legged victory raised hopes of glory among the Lyon faithful but Paul Le Guen's side crashed out in the quarter-finals to PSV after a penalty shootout.

BARCELONA 10-2 BAYER LEVERKUSEN (2011-12)


Barcelona are looking to become the first team of the Champions League era to successfully defend their title, and they sent an emphatic message to future opponents in the 10-2 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen in this season's round of 16.

Alexis Sanchez's double at the BayArena secured a 3-1 advantage for the Catalans and put the Spanish champions firmly in the driving seat ahead of the return encounter at Camp Nou.

The second leg would prove to be a historical evening for Lionel Messi. The diminutive dynamo set a Champions League record with five goals as the Blaugrana easily disposed of Robin Dutt's side 7-1 in Catalunya.

BAYERN MUNICH 7-1 BASEL (2011-12)


Bayern Munich suffered a surprise 1-0 setback in the first leg of their last-16 tie with Basel. The Germans conceded a late goal at St Jakob-Park and were left to lick their wounds going into the return fixture at the Allianz Arena.

However, Jupp Heynckes' men responded in convincing fashion, exploding to life with seven goals to leave the visitors shell-shocked. Mario Gomez led the way with a poker as the Swiss contingent who made the trip to Bavaria could only shake their heads in disbelief at their club's capitulation.

Bayern now have their sights firmly set on the Champions League final, which will be held at their own Allianz Arena on May 19.

BAYERN MUNICH 6-0 KAISERSLAUTERN (1998-99)


Kaiserslautern look destined for big things in the 1998-99 campaign following their first-place finish in Group F but Bayern Munich quickly brought them back down to earth in an all-German quarter-final.

First-half goals from Giovane Elber and Stefan Effenberg in the opening leg gave die Roten a 2-0 advantage in Munich before the Bavarians scored early and often in the 4-0 triumph at the Fritz-Walter Stadion.

Ottmar Hitzfeld's team went on to advance to the final but lost in heartbreaking circumstances when they conceded twice in injury time to hand Manchester United a 2-1 win.

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