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Gomez strikes four as ruthless Bayern kill off Basel

MARIO GOMEZ hit four goals as Bayern Munich swiftly eliminated the threat of a Champions League exit before humiliating Basel.

The German club, whose Allianz Arena will stage the final in May, had been embarrassed by a 1-0 loss to the Swiss side at St Jakob Park.

But they warmed up for the game with a 7-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday, when Gomez hit three, and the Germany striker went one better against the Swiss league leaders to profit from the superb promptings of team-mates Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery -- an attacking midfield trident which is the envy of most coaches in Europe.

Robben netted the first goal, Muller the second, and thereafter it was the Gomez show, until Robben again hit the net with nine minutes left.

Basel's intentions were clear from the early stages. Once keeper Yann Sommer played a goal-kick square to a defender, it was clear they were in Munich to cling to their tiny lead.

They failed on both counts as Bayern cancelled out the Swiss side's lead on the 10-minute mark and built up a 3-0 lead by the interval.

Robben twice had range-setters, which brought no reward, before opening the scoring with a low blast from 12 yards into the bottom right.

Despite an onslaught of efforts from Bayern, it took until 42 minutes for Muller to volley home a near-post shot from eight yards.


Basel were floored when Bayern scored their third two minutes later, Gomez with the three-yard finish.

Any fading hopes in the Basel camp were put to rest inside five minutes of the second half as Gomez scored his second, this time a classy left-footed volley from Ribery's left-wing cross.

His hat-trick arrived on the hour, with Ribery winding his way past a crowd of would-be tacklers before teeing up a cross for Gomez to nod in from close range.

Basel had a goal ruled out, seemingly for a handball by first-leg match-winner Valentin Stocker. Gomez then had his fourth after 65 minutes, Ribery doing the initial damage with a run down the left before cutting a pass back for his team-mate to strike a fierce shot into the top right.

In the 81st minute, Robben sidestepped Sommer to make it 7-0.