Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas Ruthless Bavarians win big - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 20/02/2018

FC Naija

Thomas Muller netted a brace as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0 in their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie at the Allianz Arena.

A lively looking Besiktas were dealt a harsh blow when Domagoj Vida was handed a straight red card for tripping Robert Lewandowski just outside the penalty area on 18 minutes, leaving the Turkish side to finish the match with only 10 players.

James Rodriguez went close with the ensuing free kick right before Vagner Love wasted an excellent chance for the short-handed visitors after breaking in behind the Bayern defence.

Mats Hummels' bullet header just before the 30-minute mark was saved at point-blank range by Fabri to preserve the scoreless draw, with Bayern continuing to apply more pressure on Besiktas.

And the hosts finally made the man advantage tell with Thomas Muller poking the ball home from in front of the Besiktas goal after a mis-hit David Alaba shot fell to his feet.

Arjen Robben was brought on for James before half-time and just after the Colombia international took a ball to the head. James went straight down the tunnel to the dressing room after being subbed off.

Kingsley Coman doubled Bayern's lead early in the second half, first-timing a Lewandowski cut-back past Fabri to make it 2-0.

Muller would find his second -- and Bayern's third -- soon after, deftly redirecting a Joshua Kimmich cross into goal to seal the win, before Lewandowski scored twice from close range to reach the final scoreline.

The two teams will play the second leg on March 14, with Besiktas playing for little more than pride on their home ground given the deficit to the German champions.
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