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Olic shoots Bayern into semi-finals

BAYERN Munich reached the Champions League semi-finals after Croatia striker Ivica Olic netted both goals in a 2-0 win over Marseille in last night's quarter-final second leg in Germany.

With the Bavarians having won 4-0 on aggregate, Bayern will host the first leg of their semi-final on April 17, most likely against Real Madrid, who are at home to APOEL with a 3-0 lead going into the second leg of their last-eight tie tonight.

Olic was back in the hero role, two years after his hat-trick in Lyon put Bayern through to the 2010 final, where they lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho-inspired Inter Milan in Madrid.

Bayern are now within touching distance of the final that Munich's Allianz Arena will host on May 19 as they look to win the Champions League title for the second time and claim their fifth European Cup triumph overall.

Bayern were missing suspended Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger and coach Jupp Heynckes opted to leave in-form pair Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben - the goal-scorers from the first leg in France - on the bench.

The opening goal came on 13 minutes when Franck Ribery found space down the right wing and his cross was converted by Olic for his first goal in two months. The 32-year-old was rewarded for his hard work with a second goal on 37 minutes after some fine play by Marseille old boy Ribery allowed Austria's David Alaba to fire in a cross for Olic to convert again.


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