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Gala evening, but level heads prevail at FCB

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Uli Hoeneß, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Karl Hopfner and the rest of the 68,000 at the Allianz Arena spent the first half hour or so of the Champions League meeting with Lille repeatedly bouncing out of their seats, such was the extraordinary class and entertainment on offer. It was unprecedented too: no team has ever taken such a big lead so quickly in the history of Europe's elite club competition.

“It ran like clockwork. We saw textbook passing and wonderful finishing," summarised head coach Jupp Heynckes following the whirlwind first half. After the break, three-goal Claudio Pizarro (18, 28, 33), Bastian Schweinsteiger (5), Arjen Robben (23) and their team-mates eased back a shade, with the match ultimately ending in a 6–1 home win.