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UEFA Champions League

  • April 3, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Allianz Arena, München
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 66000

Bayern München win Aggregate 4 - 0

Live Commentary

  • That's it from me, Mohammed Ali, this evening. Thank you for joining me for this match and stick around for the continuation of Champions League LIVE! on throughout the evening with the report, player ratings and reactions from the Allianz Arena and Camp Nou. I'll see you on Sunday for PSG v Marseille. Until then, good night!
  • All over in Munich, and Bayern take another step in appearing in the Champions League Final at their own Allianz Arena in 46 days. A great performance over a spirited Marseille, and two sumptuous ties against Real Madrid are on the horizon, kicking off in two weeks. For Marseille, their fantastic and dramatic run is over.
  • 90' + 2'
    FULL-TIME: Bayern Munich 2-0 Marseille (4-0 aggregate)
  • 90' + 2'
    Ribery attempts to get a goal against his former club, but fails at the final hurdle with the ball trickling to Mandanda. Surely, that's it.
  • 90' + 1'
    TWO MINUTES SIGNALLED - the Allianz Arena up to applaud Bayern and the beaten visitors, as another Champions League semi-final moves into the horizon.
  • 90'
    Marseille attempt one last chance on goal, with a cross from the right flank headed safely into Neuer's arms.
  • 89'
    Marseille are experiencing their final Champions League minutes for 18 months. Sitting 9th in Ligue 1 and far off 3rd, the final Champions League spot, they are very unlikely to make it next season. Focus now shifts to a League Cup Final against Lyon and the weekend's game against PSG as well as a match against the leaders Montpellier.
  • 88'
    Lahm gallops down the wing, and attempts to find Gomez, though the cross is deflected off N'Koulou and into the side netting. Corner.
  • 86'
    You'd have to allow Bayern for beginning to cast an eye towards a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, who lead APOEL 3-0 from the first leg.
  • 84'
    CHEYROU! Poor again from L'OM who are heading out on a whimper. The midfielder strikes form distance, and goes harmlessly wide.
  • 82'
    Cheyrou spreads the ball to Azpilicueta, but the Spaniard is adjudged to be offside. Poor decision.
  • 77'
    Amalfitano lunges in on Ribery. Bayern, who have the free-kick opt to retain possession.
  • 76'
    Gomez squanders a good opportunity, with arguably his first kick of the game. Lovely cross from the left, but the marksman is denied.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionIvica Olic M. Gómez
  • 75'
    Gomez is currently on 11 CL goals this campaign, and one away from Gerd Muller's record of 12 for Bayern in 1972/73. He remains behind Messi in this season's tallies, with the Argentine scoring twice already this evening.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionBrandao Andre-Pierre Gignac
  • 74'
    Andre Pierre Gignac replaces Brandao, with Mario Gomez replacing two-goal hero Ivica Olic. Wonderful game from the Croatian.
  • 73'
    Both sides readying strikers. Gignac and Gomez ready to come on.
  • 71'
    Azpilicueta fouls Rafinha with referee Moen awarding a free-kick to Bayern. Pranjic with the corner, and headed away by N'Koulou.
  • 69'
    Olic adjudged to be in an offside position. The Croatian is on a hat-trick remember.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionToni Kroos Danijel Pranjic
  • 67'
    Another of the players who run the risk of being suspended gets replaced. Toni Kroos off for Danijel Pranjic. Say what you like about Heynckes, but he has played his cards right this evening.
  • 66'
    BRANDAO! Over. Where are Marseille going to get a goal from? Cross from the right, and the Brazilian heads over the bar, when he really should've buried that in the net.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card David Alaba
  • 64'
    Alaba is shown the yellow card, but luckily for him, it doesn't amount to a suspension.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionLoïc Remy Charles Kaboré
  • 63'
    Charles Kabore replaces Loic Remy with 27 minutes to go. The match just petering out, with Bayern holding a massive advantage.
  • 62'
    Alaba almost assists a second. Races down the flank, and crosses into the danger zone, though without a team-mate to pick from, the ball goes out.
  • 60''s Max Bensinger who is at the Allianz Arena for us tonight, provides us with this update. "The Frenchme have Bayern too much space and didn't play from a stable defence. In Munich that's a death sentence for visiting sides."
  • 57'
    Marseille have had 49% possession to Bayern's 51. The Germans have 14 shots compared to the French side's six.
  • 55'
    Loic Remy goes offside as OM seek an opening for their first goal in the tie. 35 minutes left in this one.
  • 53'
    Superb clearance from Mbia who wonderfully intercepts Rafinha's threatning cross. Corner form Ribery is deep, and Mandanda needs to be alert as Ribery goes toe-to-toe with the French keeper. Mandanda clears it behind, with both enjoying a little friendly exchange.
  • 50'
    Marseille have a lovely chance in the box, capitalising on a suspect Bavarian defence. die Roten can't clear their lines, and neither Brandao nor Remy can get a touch on the ball before it is cleared hurriedly.
  • 49'
    Valbuena floats in a cross from the right, with Badstuber taking no chances and clearing his lines accordingly.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJérémy Morel Morgan Amalfitano
  • 46'
    Amalfitano has already got stuck in, fouling Ribery. Olic takes the free-kick, but it doesn't materialise into a threat.
  • 46'
    Morgan Amalfitano replaces Jeremy Morel at half-time. He started the first leg at Stade Velodrome remember.
  • 46'
    WE ARE UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND PERIOD! Bayern kick us off attacking from left to right.
  •'s French Football Editor Robin Bairner: It's all looking pretty comfortable for Bayern at the moment, and the way the game is going, it will be a surprise if they don't add a couple more goals to their tally after the break. Marseille had two early chances to get themselves back into the tie, but 55 seconds after left-back Morel had a great chance blocked by Neuer, play swept to the other end and Bayern were in front. Committing players forward, OM were caught by the pace of the Germans on the counter, and it is this kind of dynamic play that is devastating the French side tonight.
  •'s German Football Editor Clark Whitney: Bayern began the game sluggishly, and were certainly too complacent in the opening stages, but were bailed out by underwhelming finishes from Remy and Morel. Olic's opener put the tie away, and it was smooth sailing for the Bavarians by the mid-way point in the first half. Critically, Thomas Muller has avoided suspension with his early substitution. And with the tie decided, the likes of Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng and Luiz Gustavo will not face the hungriest of Marseille sides in the second half. Things could hardly be going better now for Bayern
  • Bayern have a very calm 45 minutes ahead of them, with Jupp Heynckes advised really to take off the likes of Kroos, and Luiz Gustavo who are a booking away from suspension. Marseille meanwhile. have dignity to play for. It's been a mesmerising and tumultous run to the quarter-final.
  • What do you make of the first half? Send me your messages to Twitter to @mohammedali_93. Hands up, who is looking forward to a Bayern Munich - Real Madrid semi-final?
  • @Nishant_pant on Twitter: hat-trick on for olic...can imagine a quality player like him not getting enough game time...
  • A very casual first half from Bayern, who double their advantage from the first leg, and are almost certainly into the last four. A double from Ivica Olic has sealed the deal, with Toni Kroos also hitting the post. Marseille should've scored through Jeremy Morel, but profligate finishing from Remy, and a fine save from Neuer on Mbia's shot means they enter the half goalless.
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME: FC Bayern Munich 2-0 Olympique de Marseille (4-0 aggregate)
  • 42'
    Valbuena with a free-kick, crosses in towards Brandao with Neuer again there to flap the ball away. Marseille have offered little in the last few minutes.
  • 39'
    SubstitutionThomas Müller Rafinha
    Substitution by Bayern. Muller off for Rafinha with the former running the risk of suspension.
  • 37'
    Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
    Mbia gets booked, and will miss Marseille's next Champions League game, which could be as far away as September 2013, given OM's poor Ligue 1 form.
  • 37'
    Assist David Alaba
  • 37'
    Goal Ivica Olic
    GOOOAALLLL! Bayern 2-0! Olic again. Superb run from Alaba from deep in Marseille's half, and in typical counter-attacking fashion, they double their lead. All Alaba, as he scampers past the entire flank, crossing low for Olic who taps it in. Game over, Tie over.
  • 34'
    Valbuena, who has been rather ineffective in this match so far, finds room on the right flank, locating Loic Remy, as Neuer gathers the ball.
  • 33'
    KROOS!! OFF THE WOODWORK! My word. What a shot from the German midfielder who rattles the post from outside the box , with Mandanda well beaten.
  • 32'
    It's been an intriguing game so far, with Bayern and Marseille both having decent chances in what has been a very open encounter so far. Very enjoyable to watch, with Bayern holding the advantage.
  • 30'
    MANDANDA! Unorthodox save from the Marseille goalkeeper who has been rather busy in the last few moments. Kroos delivers a corner, and is met by Muller and Mandanda performs a volleyball-type save, pushing the ball over the bar.
  • 28'
    OLIC! Bayern have now had three chances in little over 30 seconds, and each has been denied by Mandanda. Lovely interchange between Kroos and Olic, with the Croatian powering a shot towards goal, but Fanni intercepts a touch, with Mandanda palming the ball away.
  • 27'
    TYMOSHCHUK! ANOTHER FANTASTIC SAVE BY MANDANDA! Double save within seconds from Mandanda who keeps Marseille in the match. Great technique by the Ukrainian who fires in the volley but is thwarted by the visitors' captain.
  • 27'
    KROOS! Good save by Mandanda who attempts an effort from 25 yards out and is equalled by the French international who palms it wide.
  • 25'
    @NextEvolution on Twitter predicts: 3-0 for Bayern
  • 24'
    RIBERY! Started the move, dispossessing Remy near the corner flag, and ended it more than 80 yards up the pitch by turning Cheyrou in and smashing an effort over the bar just outside the area.
  • 23'
    Brandao, hero of the last round against Inter tries an effort from distance. Speculative to say the least, and it trickles wide, and out of play. Marseille have had decent chances and should really have been on the scoresheet already.
  • 22'
    Olic has been rather impressive this evening, and this time fires a shot from 30 yards out, as it sails over the bar.
  • 20'
    If Marseille's job was hard enough, it looks nigh on impossible now. Bayern have never lost a Champions League game by more than three goals at home. Marseille need that many to progress.
  • 19'
    Bayern counter in numbers with another dangerous attack which catches the Frenchman out, in a 4 v 3 situation. Ribery advances into the box, goes down but the referee waves play on. The resulting corner is wasted.
  • 17'
    MBIA! FANTASTIC SAVE NEUER! He must've thought that was in. The Cameroonian smacks one from distance, and the German keeper does well to tip it over the bar!
  • 16'
    Amazingly, that is Ivica Olic's first goal in the Champions League since his hat-trick against Lyon in the 2010 semi-final.
  • 14'
    As soon as Neuer keepts it goalless with a wonderful save from Morel, Marseille concede at the other end. Heynckes' decision to install Olic as the striker has justifiably paid off. He goes on to thank all his team-mates on the bench.
  • 13'
    Assist Franck Ribéry
  • 13'
    Goal Ivica Olic
    GOAALLL!!! BAYERN TAKE THE LEAD! Ribery gallops down the wing and delivers in a low balll across the goal and it is IVICA OLIC who opens the scoring from close range. 1-0, and 3-0 on aggregate. GOAAAAAALLL!! BAYERN MAKE IT 2-0! Superb goal from die Roten, who sweep up the field in typical counter-attacking fashion. Superb run from Alaba who runs 70 yards to set up Olic who grabs his second.
  • 12'
    MOREL! Fantastic save by Neuer. Alarming moment for die Roten as Marseille waste what should've been the opening goal. Fantastic cross in from the right catches out the entire defence, but with two men out alone, Morel - the left-back strikes straight at Neuer who makes an unbelievable save.
  • 10'
    Bayern Munich have won all four of their home ties in the Champions League this season, including a 7-0 victory over Basel in the last round. Their record against Ligue 1 sides at home reads W8 D2 L3.
  • 9'
    REMY! Good save by Neuer. Marseille surge up in numbers, and Remy attempts a low shot from outside the box, which is saved easily, down low by the German international.
  • 8'
    The free-kick is whipped in threateningly, with Boateng heading powerfully over the top.
  • 7'
    Ribery lunges in frustatingly on Cesar Azpilicueta who impressively stifled the Frenchman last week in the first leg. Out for revenge it seems, as Ribery gets the free-kick the second time.
  • 6'
    Ribery is proving a threat on the left wing, and OM need two defenders to retrieve the ball. Didier Deschamps' men opting to sit deep in the first few moments.
  • 5'
    Marseille, in their white strip, are noticeably without their sponsor BetClic, due to German laws. Their slogan on the shirt this evening reads "Neuf de Coeur" - club legend Jean Pierre Papin's charity.
  • 4'
    @AlexMascitti on Twitter: my prediction: 2-2 with Ayew doubling.
  • 3'
    Toni Kroos has an effort from distance, but it is ambitious, and sails over instead. Bayern on the front foot already!
  • 2'
    Franck Ribery, who was consistently booed last week, is feeling the wrath of the 2000 Marseille fans inside the Arena this evening. He concedes a free-kick for a foul on Mbia.
  • 2'
    @snuwperman: Given Bayern's form at home this season , a loss is unlikely .
  • 1'
    Straight on the attack, Marseille lose possession, as Muller ventures into the penalty area, feeding Olic whose shot is blocked. Wary moment there.
  • 1'
    Referee Svein Oddvar Moen of Norway gets us underway in a packed out Allianz Arena. Real Madrid (barring a miracle) await in the semi-finals on April 17. WE ARE UNDERWAY!
  • The teams are out onto the pitch. The Champions League anthem is blaring out on the speakers. 46 days left until the 2012 final, incidentally at Bayern's Allianz Arena. It is an occasion, ladies and gentleman.
  • PREDICTIONS:@MitchAKA_ goes for a 3-0 Bayern victory. @FinDonaldson is going for 3-1 as does @0qn0. Meanwhile, @MichaelKleopa7 opts for Bayern 5-2 Marseille. Impressive. No OM fans this evening? Continue to send me your predictions to @mohammedali_93.
  • Predictions? Messages? Comments? Opinions? Send them via Twitter to @mohammedali_93 and join the conversation as we move to the verge of another great Champions League evening on Kick-off shortly.
  • TEAM NEWS: Jupp Heynckes has opted to drop Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben, last week's goalscorers in favour of Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Ivica Olic. Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended, but Jerome Boateng, Luiz Gustavo, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller - four players who are one card away from suspension in the semi-final- all play. Marseille welcome back Steve Mandanda who missed the first leg due to suspension, with Brandao, the hero against Inter, replacing Morgan Amalfitano. Alou Diarra is suspended with Benoit Cheyrou coming in.
  • OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, N'Koulou, Morel, Fanni, Cheyrou, Mbia, Brandão, Rémy, A.Ayew, Valbuena SUBS Andrade, Traoré, Sabo, Kaboré, Amalfitano, Gignac, J.Ayew.
  • FC BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer, Boateng, Lahm, Badstuber, Ribéry, Alaba, Gustavo, Kroos, Tymoshchuk, Olić, Müller SUBS: Butt, Rafinha, Contento, Robben, Pranjić, Petersen, Gomez.
  • Statistics to whet your appetite? Yeah, go on. Marseille are winless in their last nine games in all competitions. OM's last four Champions League goals have come after the 85th minute. Bayern Munich have won 11 of their last 12 home games in the Champions League. Jupp Heynckes' side have won their last three Champions League encounters against French opposition, keeping a clean sheet in the process.
  • Rarely does a side who lose 2-0 in the first leg, qualify for the last four in European competition. Didier Deschamps has however, with his Monaco side qualifying for the 2004 final after losing to Real Madrid, and prevailing in the second leg. FC Metz achieved the same feat in the 1984-85 UEFA Cup, coming down from 4-2 in the first leg. Will Marseille 2012 emulate that and become the first team in the Champions League era to achieve that feat?
  • Now, in all seriousness.....who sees Marseille sneaking into the next round? It'll take a mammoth effort, make no mistake - but judging by this season, you'd be a fool to write Didier Deschamps' men off. Against Inter, the French side scored late in the first leg, and in the second to secure an unlikely progression to a first quarter-final since 1993. Even before then, with OM staring at elimination of the group stages in December, two goals from Andre Ayew, and most noticeably Mathieu Valbuena in the final five minutes to qualify. Heard that? Marseille's last visit to Germany saw them come back from 2-0 down. Can that happen tonight?
  • At the weekend, Marseille were given the luxury of rest by the LFP, who moved their game against Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier to April 11 and allow France's last remaining participants the best possible preparation ahead of tonight's showdown. Just how much it paid off, we'll see tonight. Bayern, meanwhile beat Nuremberg 1-0 to close the gap on Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.
  • Rewind. First leg. Wednesday 28th March. Bayern Munich took full command of this quarter-final with a solid, if unspectacular 2-0 victory at Stade Velodrome. Marseille, disadvantaged with third-choice goalkeeper Andrade in goal, were undone by the Brazilian's poor positioning on Mario Gomez's goal just before half-time. A superb Arjen Robben strike after the break sealed the win, and left the Ligue 1 side with an Everest to climb tonight.
  • Let me introduce myself first of all. My name's Mohammed Ali, and I will be taking you through proceedings from Bavaria tonight. You can, as always, get involved throughout the match, with your input. Got any messages, predictions or opinions? Send them via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. And I'll post them up. Got it? Good.
  • Good evening! And welcome to's LIVE commentary from the UEFA Champions League.quarter-final second leg. It's FC Bayern Munich against Olympique de Marseille from the Allianz Arena. Watch this space folks, this has all the makings of a goal-fest. Team-news to follow shortly.