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‘Perfect football’

Realistic Munich resist mounting euphoria

Jupp Heynckes felt it was “a perfect match," Uli Hoeneß described it as “assured and outstanding," and even seasoned Basel striker Alexander Frei spoke of “perfect football". It was not a result anyone had predicted beforehand, but Bayern were in extraordinary form on Tuesday night, dismissing FC Basel 7-0 in the Champions League last sixteen return and booking a place in the quarter-finals for the 11th time in all.

“It was a top performance from the start to the finish," summarised Heynckes after his side's second seven-goal extravaganza in the space of four days, “we showed we had no intention of letting it get out of control today and were utterly determined to make the quarter-finals." Director of sport Christian Nerlinger complimented the players on “a very convincing display and a deserved win."