9:56pm Tuesday 13th March 2012
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Mario Gomez hit four goals as Bayern Munich swiftly eliminated the threat of a Champions League exit before humiliating Basle 7-0.
The German club, whose Allianz Arena will stage the European final in May, had been embarrassed by a 1-0 loss to Basle three weeks ago at St Jakob Park.
Arjen Robben netted the first goal, Thomas Muller the second, and thereafter it was the Gomez show, until Robben rounded off the scoring with nine minutes remaining.
Robben twice had range-setters which brought no reward before opening the scoring with a low blast from 12 yards into the bottom right corner. He reacted sharply to Muller's speculative 25-yard strike taking a wild deflection, and the Basle hands in the air for offside were waved in vain.
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.
Basle were floored when Bayern scored their third two minutes later, Gomez with the three-yard finish after Toni Kroos swept a free-kick across from the left and Holger Badstuber, at the far post, hooked the ball across goal.
Any fading hopes in the Basle 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 Franck Ribery's left-wing cross.
His hat-trick arrived on the hour, with Ribery wending his way past a crowd of would-be tacklers before teeing up a cross for Gomez to nod in almost apologetically from close range.
Gomez had his fourth goal after 65 minutes, Ribery doing the initial damage with a mesmerising run down the left before cutting a pass back for his team-mate to strike a fierce shot into the top right.
Muller made way for substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger, Danijel Pranjic took over from Ribery, and in the 81st minute Robben made it 7-0. Schweinsteiger played the pass, Robben sidestepped goalkeeper Yann Sommer and passed the ball home, before being replaced.
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