Danger awaited Bayern Munich in its UEFA Champions League second leg against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The scoreless first leg and suspension of Xabi Alonso gave the underdog Ukrainian side a bit of hope heading into the Allianz Arena, and even Bayern boss Pep Guardiola was concerned about what a loss could mean.
Seven goals later, that was not a concern.
Bayern had a little luck in an early red card to Shakhtar’s Oleksandr Kucher, but really didn’t need any. Powered by its big guns, the Bavarians rolled over Shakhtar to the tune of 7-0.
Pep Guardiola: “I’m delighted with my players today. They were under pressure, but as they’ve shown over the years, they’re up for it when it matters. We’re pleased to be through to the next round, and we deserve it. Obviously it’s a bit easier against ten men. Congratulations to my team. We totally dominated the game and played good football.”
Thomas Müller: “Donetsk were in real trouble after the second and third goals. Their heads went down, which gave us lots of space – and we used it. The course of the match was excellent for us. We took the lead after a couple of minutes and they went a man down. If you were going to wish for anything it would be that, but it’s not something we were expecting either. The situation going into the game was definitely more exciting than the match itself.”
Muller said it best. Any tension was eliminated when he slotted that third-minute penalty, and Shakhtar could’ve given up 10 or more if not for the play of keeper Andriy Pyatov. Bayern will be a threat to return to the finals, as Germany could find itself with a UCL winner and a World Cup winner inside of 11 months.