Created on 27-04-2010 at 00:00 AM
Bayern stormed into the Champions League final for the first time since 2001 with a hugely assured and disciplined demolition of increasingly ragged Ligue 1 opponents Olympique Lyon in Tuesday’s semi-final second leg. Louis van Gaal’s men won the tie 4-0 on aggregate to seal Bayern’s eighth appearance in the final of Europe’s elite club competition.
The 43,051 capacity crowd at Stade Gerland saw Bayern turn in a virtually flawless first-half display, restricting the home side to just one chance and taking a fully deserved lead through Ivica Olic. The French were reduced to ten men on the hour when skipper Cris needlessly saw a second yellow card for dissent, and Olic netted two further well-worked goals in the final quarter of the match to complete his hat-trick and wrap up a wholly convincing victory.
FCB will now watch with interest to see who they will play at the Bernabeu in Madrid on 22 May. Jose Mourihno’s Inter Milan travel to Barcelona tomorrow seeking to defend a 3-1 lead from the first leg.