Thomas Müller at the double as Bayern Munich thrash 10-man Besiktas


Bayern Munich look assured of a Champions League quarter-final spot for a seventh straight season after thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0 in Germany.
The Turkish club had a one-man disadvantage from the 16th minute when Domagoj Vida brought down Robert Lewandowski and Bayern made their visitors pay with an emphatic round of 16 first-leg victory.
Thomas Müller and Lewandowski both netted twice while Kingsley Coman also scored for the five-times European Cup winners.
Besiktas’s team was packed full of experience but it was 35-year-old Atiba Hutchinson who played the loose pass that got Vida into trouble early on.
Lewandowski latched onto it and headed towards goal only for Vida to slide in before the Pole reached the box with a challenge that upended the striker.
The referee Ovidiu Hategan dismissed Vida for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity and Besiktas were fortunate their misery was not compounded by James Rodríguez’s subsequent free-kick, which was curled just wide.
The visitors then had a great chance to go ahead through Vágner Love, who beat Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng only to poke harmlessly over when through.
It looked like it might not be Müller’s night when he miscued an attempt into the side of Rodríguez’s face, while Hummels’ header was brilliantly saved by Fabri at close range.
Lewandowski teed himself up for an overhead kick that he fired over and in catching midfielder Gary Medel, the Bayern forward also earned himself a caution.
Besiktas had deployed an attacking lineup and were threatening as Ricardo Quaresma left Hummels for dead before firing at Sven Ulreich and Pepe blasted over.
Yet two minutes before the interval the hosts struck through Müller. Coman fashioned space down the left and though intended target David Alaba was unable to bring the ball under his spell, an onside Müller was typically in the right place to swivel and finish.Rodríguez came off for Arjen Robben shortly afterwards, possibly due to the blow he received from Müller’s earlier shot, but Bayern turned the screw at the start of the second half.