UCL: Bayern Destroy Chelsea To Stroll Into Quarterfinals, Barca Thrash Napoli To Seal Spot

Bayern Munich finished off the job they started back in February by swatting Chelsea aside 7-1 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Hans Flick’s side will now face Barcelona in the one-game knockout format in Lisbon after putting a sobering end to Frank Lampard’s first sojourn in the Champions League.

Bayern have been exceptional since the restart winning eleven straight games in completing yet another league and cup double and although they hadn’t played a competitive game since the cup win over Bayer Leverkusen in July, few expected the game at the Allianz Arena to be anything other than a walk in the park for the Bavarians.

Bayern midfielder Thomas Muller had declared that despite holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg, the Germans intended to snuff out any ideas of a Chelsea revival as early as possible in the game and so it proved.

Chelsea set the stage for their own demise giving away a penalty inside ten minutes which Polish striker Robert Lewandowski dispatched.

Ivan Perisic made it 2-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate fourteen minutes later and Calum Hodson-Odoi had a goal ruled out four minutes later.

Chelsea, however, pulled a goal back through Tammy Abraham after a rare mistake by keeper Manuel Neuer, but Bayern were just too good for the London side and showed their superiority in the second half.

Substitute Corentin Tolisso took advantage of terrible marking to make 6-1 on aggregate when he volleyed home from inside the six-yard area before Poland forward Lewandowski completed his brace to put a shine on the scoreline that underlined the utter brilliance of the German side.

Elsewhere. Barcelona booked their spot in the last eight where they will face Bayern Munich after a Lionel Messi inspired 3-1 win over Napoli at the Nou Camp.

The tie was level at 1-1 after the first leg in Naples in February and Napoli nearly stole the advantage inside the first 90 seconds when Dries struck the post.

But it was Barcelona who made the breakthrough when Clement Lenglet headed in Ivan Rakitic’s corner after 10 minutes although the defender had appeared to push his marker before connecting with the cross.

Lionel Messi put Barca further ahead with a wonderful strike, wriggling past three defenders, before bending a shot between another two Napoli players and into the far side of David Ospina’s goal.

The Barcelona captain thought he had further added to his tally of 115 Champions League goals in 142 games just seven minutes later, but a lengthy video assistant referee review deemed he had handled the ball in controlling Frenkie de Jong’s pass.

Another VAR review was required before awarded Barcelona were awarded a penalty in first-half injury time after Kalidou Koulibaly felled Messi.

The spot-kick was calmly dispatched by Luis Suarez for his 25th Champions League goal.

Napoli, however, had the final say at the end of an incident-filled first half, as Rakitic conceded a penalty for a foul on Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne converted to make it 3-1 at the interval.

A significantly quieter second period saw Napoli substitute Arkadiusz Milik’s header ruled out for offside in the only incident of note as Barca prevailed to set up a mouthwatering tie against Bayern Munich.