UCL: Bayern Munich thump Besiktas in last-16 first leg

Dean Simpson
February 25, 2018

The 28-year-old grabbed a brace and assist in Bayern's 5-0 rout of Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, taking his tally to five goals in eight competitive appearances since the turn of the year.

Both teams have players who will have to be wary of picking up yellow cards which would see them miss the potentially decisive second leg in Istanbul.

Bayern attempted 20 shots in the first half.

In the first half, Bayern was limited to one goal scored, and after a break the efforts of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller brought the score to indecent.

Dominating the match especially after the 16th minute when Croatian defender Domagoj Vida downed striker Robert Lewandowski just behind the penalty area, the German powerhouse found the first goal just before halftime with Thomas Muller.

The Dutchman was heavily involved in Mueller and Lewandowski's second goals, but was unhappy at being left out of the starting side.

One of the favorites to win the Champions Leauge, Bayern Munich has had 13 straight victories led by their coach, Jupp Heynckes.

He has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season.

3 - Besiktas are the only side to have won all three of their away games in the Champions League this season.

As soon as Bayern's ever-reliable skipper Muller found himself in the right place to sweep through the legs of Besiktas keeper Fabri just before half-time, the win nearly became a formality.

Besiktas didn't take up its allocation of away tickets for the game for fear of a ban following fan-trouble at Lyon in the Europa League last season, but many visiting supporters nevertheless managed to get tickets to cheer on their side.

Thomas Muller toasted Bayern Munich's Champions League win over Besiktas by enjoying a freaky dance with a horse. "This team is very strong - a fantastic team - but I think the final result is open". "But the game lasts 90 minutes and we made the necessary adjustments by playing more direct".

The Bavarians are facing the Turkish Besiktas on the same day that Barcelona heads off to west London to meet Premier League champions Chelsea, according to the Bleacher Report.

But that did not appear to have any great impact on Bayern's performance, as it started the second half looking just as imperious as before, with Lewandowski striking the top of the right-hand post with a free-kick.

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