Mario Gomez scored four times to lead Bayern Munich into the Champions League quarterfinals, while Marseille ousted Inter Milan with a stoppage-time goal.
Gomez got his fifth hat trick of the season as Bayern routed Basel 7-0 to complete a 7-1 victory over two games. Arjen Robben scored twice and Thomas Muller once at Munich’s Allianz Arena last night as the four-time champion recorded the biggest knockout-stage win in European soccer’s elite club competition.
“Seven goals in the Champions League is incredible,” Robben said in comments on UEFA’s website. “Maybe this will make other teams take notice of us.”
Marseille advanced on away goals after its 2-1 loss in Italy left it tied 2-2 with Inter, the 2010 champion. A goal from Brazilian striker Brandao four minutes after coming on as a substitute sent Marseille to the final eight for the first time since winning the competition in 1993.
“When I put him one, he told me he would score,” Marseille coach Didier Deschamps told UEFA’s website. “It’s fabulous.”
Bayern dominated Basel with 59 percent of possession and had a 24-6 shot advantage, putting 16 on target.
Gomez now has 10 Champions League goals this season, two behind Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who scored five times in a 7-1 rout of Bayern Leverkusen last week that sent the defending champion through.
“All the goals were from brilliant assists,” Gomez said. “It always looks easy when I put the ball into the net, but there has to be someone in the center to do that.”
Bayern took the lead in the 11th minute as Toni Kroos’s deflected shot fell to Robben, who fired the ball into the bottom corner. Robben set up the second goal three minutes before halftime with a cross to the near post which Muller volleyed past Yann Sommer.
Gomez made it 3-0 just before the break and added three more goals in 17 second-half minutes to complete his second straight hat trick after scoring three times in a 7-1 Bundesliga rout of Hoffenheim over the weekend. Robben then added his second goal in the 81st minute.
“Maybe we can learn more from this than the wins we’ve enjoyed so far in the competition,” Basel manager Heiko Vogel, a former Bayern youth coach, told UEFA’s website. “Of course you have to talk about the quality Bayern have, but we need to learn our lessons.”
Inter Goes Out
Facing a 1-0 deficit after giving up a stoppage-time goal in the opening game in France, Inter wasted several chances before Diego Milito scored in the 75th minute following a scramble in front of goal.
With the teams headed to extra time, Marseille struck in the second of three added minutes. Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda’s long punt hit Brandao, who was between two defenders, in the back and the striker turned to fire a shot past Julio Cesar.
“I didn’t see the ball when it bounced off my back,” Brandao said. “I just saw it in my path and stroked it past the goalkeeper.”
Mandanda took down Giampaolo Pazzini in the area moments later and was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. Pazzini put his penalty past reserve keeper Gennaro Bracigliano before the final whistle was blown.
“In 180 minutes they managed very few shots on target, but only teams able to score win football matches,” Inter coach Claudio Ranieri said. “We must accept the result.”
Bayern and Marseille join Barcelona, seven-time winner AC Milan, Benfica and APEOL Nicosia in the quarterfinal draw in two days. The remaining two spots will be determined tonight as Napoli takes a 3-1 lead to Chelsea and record nine-time champion Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow meet in Spain tied 1-1.
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