Bayern silences the critics, routs FC Porto in Champions League play

Bayern Munich was upset in Portugal 3-1 against Portuguese side FC Porto. Everyone was in shock and even the entire medical staff was blamed for the lost then resigned after the first leg last week. After today’s game, faith has been restored with a dominant performance in Germany. Also today, the second leg of Barcelona and PSG. Barcelona sitting comfortably with a 3-1 aggregate lead. They had the chance to extend the lead and that is exactly what they did.

Bayern Munich 6–1 FC Porto

Munich started the attack early and often. They took control of the game right away and never looked back after the first tap. They played like the Bayern Munich team that we all know them for. Their were no distractions from the previous game. They had business to take care of and that is exactly what they did. They won this one 6-1 with an aggregate of 7-4.

Thiago starts the rout in the 14th minute with a header from a Gotze cross. This was just the start that Bayern Munich needed in this game to get back on track.

9 minutes later, Bayern has a corner, Badstuber heads it towards a more crowded area in the box and Boateng is able to get a head on it. The ball trickles into the net past Fabiano to tie the aggregate score at 3 apiece.

Bayern passing the ball brilliantly, Lahm has it in the corner for a cross to be sent in. The cross was received by Mueller who chips it over the defense for Lewandowski to head the ball right in the back of the net. Excellent buildup, Porto had no clue how to defend that one.

Racing down the field on the counter attack, Thiago passes a short ball to Thomas Mueller. Mueller takes the shot outside the box, it takes a wicked deflection that changes the course of the ball and slides through Fabiano’s legs to extend the lead 4-0 in the 36th minute.

Lewandowski completes the brace in the 40th minute when Mueller out muscles the Porto defender, and passes the ball to Lewandowski. Lewandowski dances in front of two defenders, steps to the side and rips the ball towards the opposite post that Fabiano can’t get to. This goal will end the first half with Bayern leading 5-0.

Porto finally gets on the board in the 73rd minute. Jackson Martinez finishes a cross with a header to get one back. He was very close to being offsides, but the score at this point was 5-1 with a 6-4 aggregate score so that goal was a consolation to them. It didn’t matter at this point in time, the semifinals was already out of reach for them.

After a foul that ended up in a Porto red card, Xabi Alonso put the icing on the cake with a superb free kick from just outside the box that ended the game with a score of 6-1 to help put Bayern Munich into the semifinals.

Barcelona 2-0 PSG

Barcelona controlled the game the entire time exactly how they did in the first game between these two teams. This time, Barcelona didn’t allow a goal and even with Ibra back they couldn’t execute enough to go for the upset against La Liga leader Barcelona. The final aggregate was 5-1, so Barcelona advances to the semifinals along with Bayern Munich.

Iniesta starts his brilliant run from his side of the field, juking out multiple defenders and running past everyone else. Iniesta sees Neymar run into the box, slides a ball past the defender to Neymar who takes a gorgeous touch around the goalie for the easy touch on the ball into the net for the first goal of the game.

Neymar completes his two goal performance to extend the aggregate lead to 5-1. Dani Alves crosses the ball in to a wide open Neymar and puts his head on it for the goal!

Bayern Munich and Barcelona advance into the semifinals that will take place on the first and second week of May. Barcelona cruised past PSG while Bayern makes sure that the upset that could have taken place didn’t come true.

More Champions League action tomorrow as the second leg of the Madrid Derby takes place. That one is knotted up 0-0. Also, Juventus takes on Monaco with Juventus in the lead of that one, 1-0. Two teams have booked their ticket to the semis with two more teams that will advance with them.

The Champions League draw will take place on Friday April 24, 2015 at 12.00 CET (7 A.M. EST) to decide the semi-final matchups.

About Evan Shrawder

I am a current Sophomore Sports Management Major student at York College of PA. Also, I am interning for the Harrisburg City Islanders Professional Soccer team. My obligations there are Social Media Director and Game-Day Operations. I also am a registered U.S. Soccer referee. Soccer is a passion of mine. Even though I don't play competitively anymore, I love the game of soccer and want to be around it for the rest of my life!