Created on 10-03-2009 at 00:00 AM
Purposeful Bayern swatted aside a dispirited Sporting Lisbon team on Tuesday, as the Bavarians advanced to the last eight of the Champions League on a thumping 12-1 aggregate score.
The 65,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena saw Lukas Podolski blast his side into an eighth-minute lead as the German champions utterly dominated the first half without really breaking sweat.
Podolski added a second on 34 minutes, before the half ended in a scoring blitz as Sporting defender Anderson Polga put one past his own keeper, with Joao Moutinho and Bastian Schweinsteiger trading goals to make it 4-1 at the interval.
The action died down for a spell after the restart as Munich eased off, but the introduction of youngster Thomas Müller for the last quarter jolted the home side back into life. Mark van Bommel and Miro Klose brought up the half-dozen, before Müller himself emulated his legendary namesake with a tap-in to wrap up a crushing victory in the last minute.
Quite apart from issuing a clear statement of intent to their potential quarter-final opponents, FCB also wrote a new entry in the history of the Champions League knockout rounds, with a record-equalling winning margin in a single match, and a record aggregate victory over two legs.