Bayern Munich secured a comfortable passage to the semi-finals of the Champions League after a 4-0 drubbing of Italian Champions Juventus on aggregate.
Last season's finalist began this campaign against Spanish side Valencia. Schweinsteiger and Kroos helped secure all three points despite a last scare from Valencia after Valdez found the back of the net in added time. Bayern followed their victory with a surprise defeat to BATE Borisov in Belarus, sending shockwaves around Europe.
Bayern bounced back to form with 1-0 victory over French side Lille courtesy of a Muller penalty in the 20th minutes. Bayern Munich laid down a marker for the rest of Europe with a convincing 6-1 victory over Lille in the Allianz Arena thanks to a hat trick from Claudio Pizzaro and a goal each for Schweinsteiger, Robben and Kroos.
In the fifth game of the group stages, Bayern Munich drew 1-1 away at Valencia after Muller equaliser. Bayern Munich ended the group stages with a 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov courtesy of Gomez, Muller, Shaqiri and Alaba. The win saw Bayern finish top of their group ahead of Valencia.
Bayern Munich were drawn against English giant Arsenal in the last 16 of the tournament, Goals from Kroos and Muller gave the German a 2-0 lead but ex Bayern player Podolski pulled one back for the host before a Mandzukic goal restored Bayern’s two goal advantage.
With Bayern place in the quarter-finals all but secured, they produced a below par performance in the return leg to lose 2-0 to Arsenal but still qualified on away goals.
The defeat to Arsenal seems to be the perfect wake up call for Bayern Munich because having been drawn against Juventus in the quarter-finals. The German champions produced a master class performance to secure a 4-0 aggregate victory. Goals from Alaba and Muller secure a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena and the German side completed the Italian job with another 2-0 victory this time thanks to Mandzukic and Pizzaro.
Bayern have already secured the German title this season and are looking like real contenders for the Champions League. They will be hoping to go a place better than last season.
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