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Autumn form returns

FCB’s plan: Celebrate, refocus, keep winning

The crowd was delirious with joy, match-winner Ivica Olic’s name echoed round the stadium, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge joined in the chorus of praise: “The team deserves it. They were fantastic, always in control. We’re deservedly through to the semi-finals," the chairman declared following Bayern's 2–0 victory over Olympique Marseille, seeing the men from Munich through to the last four of the Champions League 4–0 on aggregate.

“It's become really enjoyable to watch again. It's back to being as good as it was last autumn," commented Uli Hoeneß, as Bayern sent the 66,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena into raptures with their eighth consecutive win in all competitions. Already two goals up from the first leg in France last week, Olic struck after 13 and 37 minutes to banish any lingering doubts before half-time. In a purple patch from the 20th minute onwards, Munich created a host of chances and were only denied by agile Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda, plus the goal frame in the case of Toni Kroos’ 33rd minute drive.