Olic treble sinks Lyon

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An Ivica Olic hat-trick ensured Bayern Munich progressed to their first Champions League final since 2001 as they recorded a 4-0 aggregate win over 10-man Lyon with a 3-0 win at Stade de Gerland.

Olic had already ensured Bayern had one foot in the final with a 26th-minute strike when Lyon had captain Cris harshly dismissed on the hour mark.

The Croatia striker served the killer blow in the 67th minute and capped a great night for him and his team 10 minutes later when he headed home his seventh goal in nine Champions League appearances to seal Bayern's place in Europe's showpiece event at the Bernabeu.

With Bayern bringing a 1-0 first-leg lead to the Stade Gerland, Lyon knew they had to score twice to reach their first ever final.

But Les Gones were left with a mountain to climb shortly before the half-hour mark when Arjen Robben played in a lovely ball to Thomas Muller. He was swiftly closed down by two Lyon defenders but managed to cut it back to Olic who spun and fired home.

The hosts should have swiftly levelled as Michel Bastos got on the end of Sidney Govou's cross but the Brazilian, who was completely unmarked, fired wide of the right post.

Lyon saw their final hopes slip away on the hour mark when Cris was booked for a challenge and was then shown a second yellow for ironically applauding the referee. To add insult to injury replays showed that the Lyon captain's challenge was a fair one.

Then, during Lyon's best period, Bayern served the killer blow. Hamit Altintop sent a brilliant ball through to Olic who beat the offside trap with a perfectly-timed run and slotted a diagonal shot into the bottom right corner.

Bayern should have extended their lead moments later but Lloris pulled off a fantastic stop to deny Robben before Jean Makoun's challenge stole the ball off Olic as he was about to let fly with his hat-trick in his sights. Olic did score a third moments later, however, when he headed home Philip Lahm's cross from the centre of the area.

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