Gomez runs riot as classy Bayern cruise into last eight
Bayern Munich 7
(Bayern win 7-1 on agg)
Mario Gomez hit four goals as Bayern Munich swiftly eliminated the threat of a Champions League exit before humiliating Basle.
The German club, whose Allianz Arena will stage the European final in May, had been embarrassed by a 1-0 loss to Basel three weeks ago at St Jakob Park.
But they warmed up for last night with a 7-1 victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday, a match in which Gomez hit three, and the Germany striker went one better against the Swiss league leaders, profiting from the superb promptings of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, an attacking midfield trident the envy of most coaches in this competition.
Robben netted the first goal, Muller the second, and thereafter it was the Gomez show, until Robben rounded off the scoring with nine minutes remaining.
Bayern went ahead on the 10-minute mark and had built up a 3-0 lead by the interval.
Robben opened the scoring with a low blast from 12 yards into the bottom corner. It was 2-0 after 42 minutes, Robben keeping the ball alive on the right before picking out Muller's near-post run, allowing the midfielder to volley in from eight yards.
Basel were floored when Bayern scored their third two minutes later, Gomez with a three-yard finish after Holger Badstuber hooked the ball across goal.
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 teeing up a centre for Gomez to nod in. Gomez had his fourth goal after 65 minutes, Ribery cutting a pass back for his team-mate to strike a fierce shot into the top corner. In the 81st minute Robben made it 7-0. Bastian Schweinsteiger played the pass, and Robben finished coolly.