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Brilliant Bayern inspired by clinical Muller as they cruise it

Bayern Munich 5-0 Besiktas

By Simon Peach

Referee Ovidiu Hategan, who awarded Switzerland a controversial penalty in their World Cup play-off victory over Northern Ireland, took charge of last night's Champions League last-16 first-leg clash between Bayern Munich and Besiktas.

Bayern look assured of a quarter-final spot for a seventh straight season after thrashing their 10-man opponents 5-0 in Germany.

The official decided Corry Evans blocked a goal-bound shot with his arm at Windsor Park in November, but replays showed the ball was deflected away with the midfielder's legal shoulder.

Hategan was dropped from the list of 36 referees Fifa selected to go to the tournament and admitted he got it wrong. But Uefa are keeping faith with the Romanian by making him centre stage in a high-profile fixture.

Besiktas had a one-man disadvantage from the 16th minute when last man Domagoj Vida brought down Robert Lewandowski and Bayern made their visitors pay.

Thomas Muller and Lewandowski netted braces while Kingsley Coman also scored.

Lewandowski latched onto an early ball and headed towards goal only for Vida to slide in and earn a red.

Two minutes before the interval, the hosts struck through Muller. Coman fashioned space down the left and Muller was in the right place to finish.

Bayern turned the screw at the start of the second half as Coman stepped onto Lewandowski's pull back and made it 2-0.

Joshua Kimmich's 66th-minute near-post delivery was turned home via a Muller volley.

When Mats Hummels had a shot pushed out 11 minutes from time, Lewandowski reacted quickest to add a fourth.

Bayern netted their fifth in the 88th minute when Muller unselfishly squared for Lewandowski.

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