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Olympique Lyonnais 0-3 Bayern Munich (Bayern Munich win 4-0 on aggregate)

Bayern Munich tonight booked their place in next month’s Champions League final thanks to a straightforward 3-0 win in France over a hapless Lyon side.

The Germans could have been 1-0 up within the first two minutes but Thomas Müller spurned a golden opportunity from 12 yards after Ivica Olic had dispossessed Cris and played the ball back to the young German. They then had another excellent opportunity to go 2-0 up on aggregate when Bastian Schweinsteiger found himself with a clear sight of goal, but the German international could only pull his shot across goal from a tight angle. Lyon were yet to get going and there was only one team that looked like scoring.

Twenty minutes in, Maxime Gonalons picked up a yellow card for a cynical foul on Mark van Bommel that would have ruled him out of the final. Any hopes Lyon had of playing in Madrid on May 22nd were dealt a huge blow in the 26th minute. Hamit Altintop attacked up the Bayern left and found Thomas Müller who entered the penalty area. Jean-Alain Boumsong and Anthony Réveillère made a complete hash of challenging the Bayern midfielder and ended up looking more like Laurel and Hardy as Müller ghosted past and squared to Olic who tapped in from a few yards out.

Lyon now had it all to do but were looking very blunt in the final third. They did however, have an excellent chance to equalise and get themselves back in the tie on the half hour mark, but an unmarked Michel Bastos could only direct a cushioned volley two yards past the post. Bayern were looking dangerous on the break and nearly doubled their advantage five minutes before half-time. Hamit Altintop broke at pace drawing defenders toward him. This left Robben free on the left and Altintop fed the Dutchman only for the referee to wrongly call it offside. Had Robben been allowed to continue his burst, he had a man surging in to the box unmarked and awaiting a low ball in. It was a huge let off for the French side who went in 1-0 down at the break.

Louis van Gaal decided to haul off Daniel van Buyten at half time for Martin Demichelis who had been an injury doubt going in to the game. Claude Puel had no choice but to make an attacking move and brought on striker Bafétimbi Gomis for left-back Aly Cissokho. The French striker had the chance to make an impact after only five minutes but ballooned a volley over from close range. One sensed that if Lyon were going to find any way back in to this tie, they would need to make the most of such chances.  As Lyon pushed forward, they left gaps for Bayern to exploit and they nearly went 2-0 ahead in the 53rd minute. Arjen Robben, who was wearing red boots like almost everybody else in this match, outpaced Boumsong with ease down the Bayern right and played a ball to Schweinsteiger on the edge of the box. He unleashed a ferocious volley that just cleared Lloris’s crossbar. Four minutes later, Robben forced a save from Lloris and from the resulting corner, Ivica Olic completely missed the ball when it looked to be a routine headed chance.

Lyon had been poor up to this point and their task was made even more difficult on the hour mark. Cris was booked for a challenge on Olic and refused to leave it at that. He sarcastically clapped Massimo Busacca’s decision and the Swiss referee promptly produced a second yellow card. Bayern were perhaps lucky to maintain their full complement just a minute later as Altintop, who had been booked in the first half, went in for a 50-50 challenge with Jean Makoun and appeared to catch the Cameroonian in the groin. A dismal night for Lyon got worse six minutes later when Olic fired in his second after a neat reverse pass from Altintop sent him clean through. Robben had a left-footed strike turned away by Lloris five minutes later before Olic was denied a hat-trick by a last-ditch tackle from Makoun.

Lyon were offering nothing and had the look of a beaten side. Louis van Gaal sensed the tie was in the bag and so chose to rest Robben by replacing him with Miroslav Klose. Unlike last week, Robben was all smiles as he came off the field safe in the knowledge he will be returning to Madrid to play in the Champions League final. A minute later, Olic completed a deserved hat-trick. Philipp Lahm streaked away down the right and picked out the Croat, who made no mistake heading home from close range. With the tie decided, the game coasted to its conclusion, although Hamit Altintop should have made it 4-0 in injury time.

Busacca blew his whistle to put Lyon and their fans out of their misery. There can be no doubt that Bayern were the better team over the two legs and so deserve their place in the final, their first since 2001. Claude Puel will however be wondering why the quality and fight his Lyon side showed against Real Madrid and Bordeaux deserted them but he can have no complaints as his side was well beaten.

Van Gaal and his men now have the chance of landing an unprecedented treble of the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League and they will no doubt be interested spectators as defending champions Barcelona take on Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan tomorrow night in Spain. The question is Bayern Munich vs ?

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