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Bayern Munich thrash Porto in stunning Champions League comeback

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After Porto caused shock waves around Europe in the first leg by beating Bayern 3-1 in Portugal. The result surprised fans and pundits alike as the under dogs defeated reigning German champions Bayern Munich and could pull off an upset and knock them out in the second leg. 

However any hopes of a shock Bayern exit were finished after 26 minutes of the first half with 3 quickfire goals from Bayern Munich. Early goals from Thiago, Boateng and Lewandowski turned the game on its head and had Bayern leading on aggregate.

Dominant

The home team were dominant from the first whistle and had early chances in the form of a Muller shot that was saved onto the frame of the goal. The deadlock was broken when Thiago headed in from a Bernat cross and scored from close range.

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Eight minutes later the home side were two ahead on the night and level on aggregate. The goal coming from Holder Badstuber flicking a header on from a Xabi Alonso corner and Boateng applying the finish with a headed effort past Porto keeper Fabiano.

Hosts

The hosts were then in front with a goal from front man Lewandowski with yet another headed goal going in after good combination play from Lahm and Muller. Muller turned from provider into scorer as he added a fourth goal and made the tie more comfortable. His long range strike taking a deflection off Porto defender Martins Indi and going through the keepers legs.

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:ewandowski then added his second f the game 5 minutes before half time drilling a low shot into the bottom left corner after working a chance well for himself with some clever footwork. The game could have been different with a tackle from Badstuber only recieving a yellow card when it could well have warranted a red and been a turning point in the game for Porto.

The second half saw a tactical formation change for Porto and a sense that Bayern Munich were easing off and the away side enjoyed a fair share of possession in the opening stages of the second half. Their pressure was rewarded with a goal coming from their talisman striker Jackson Martinez as he headed home from close range after a Evandro cross. After scoring the goal the Porto striker had another chance but failed to convert and cost his side a chance of only being a goal behind. 

Foul

Porto then had Marcan sent off for a foul on Thiago and their manager was sent to the stands for his protests after the incident. Xabi Alonso then completed the rout with a great curling free kick to end the tie. 

Bayern looked strong in this game and will be a force for any opponent in the next round. However they cannot afford to have a repeat of the performance in the first leg as one of the better teams will not let them have the second leg that easy and let them back in the game. 

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