Munich - FC Bayern München produced a remarkable performance to beat FC Porto 6-1 at the Allianz Arena and progress to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals courtesy of a 7-4 aggregate scoreline.

Needing to overturn a 3-1 first leg defeat, Thiago Alcantara’s 14th-minute header set the tone for an outstanding first-half display, with Bayern’s dominance rewarded by goals from Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller, as well Robert Lewandowski’s brace, as the Bavarians became the first club to score five goals before the break in a knockout match. Jackson Martinez reduced the arrears for Porto, but Ivan Marcano’s dismissal and Xabi Alonso's late free kick completed a miserable night for the visitors.

Five-star first half


With Philipp Lahm on the right of midfield against Porto’s makeshift back four, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola showed his tactical hand from the off. Within ten minutes, the hosts’ ball retention and high pressure had begun to tell, with Lewandowski striking the post. Soon enough, the relentless pressure took its toll, with Thiago converting Juan Bernat’s near-post cross, before Boateng nodded home in the 22nd minute to erase the deficit.

Such was the Bundesliga champions’ control that Porto had hardly left their own half by the time Bayern were ahead on aggregate, with Lahm’s brilliant cross flicked on deftly by Müller for the arriving Lewandowski to head past a helpless Fabiano. The rampant home side, in the mood for goals, refused to let up, and it was the effervescent Müller whose shot from distance deflected past the Porto custodian to increase the lead. The forward then turned provider for the fifth, cutting back for Lewandowski to convert calmly.

Alonso seals it


With the aggregate score in Bayern’s favour after a spellbinding 45 minutes of football, Guardiola’s side dropped deeper in the second half and allowed Porto their first sustained spell of possession. This did little to reduce the hosts’ attacking menace, with Mario Götze, Alonso and Lewandowski all coming close prior to the hour-mark, yet Bayern were content to attack on the counter with the defence nullifying any semblance of a Porto threat.

Only Bayern could do themselves damage, and after the ball was given away on the edge of the box in the 73rd minute, substitute Evandro crossed for Martinez to poke home at the back post. The Colombian fired wide soon after, but Marcano’s 87th-minute dismissal put paid to his side’s hopes and Alonso’s unerring late free kick ensured Bayern celebrated Guardiola’s 100th game in charge in the finest possible fashion.

Line-ups:

FC Bayern München:
Neuer - Rafinha (Rode, 72'), Boateng, Badstuber, Bernat - Alonso, Lahm, Thiago (Dante, 90') - Götze (Weiser, 86'), Müller - Lewandowski

FC Porto: Fabiano - Reyes (Ricardo, 33'), Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi - Casemiro, Herrera, Oliver - Quaresma (Neves, 46'), Brahimi (Evandro, 67') - Martinez

Goals: 1-0 (Thiago, 14'); 2-0 (Boateng, 22'); 3-0 (Lewandowski, 27'); 4-0 (Müller, 36'); 5-0 (Lewandowski, 40'); 5-1 (Martinez, 73'); 6-1 (Alonso, 88')

Red cards: Marcano (87')