Cologne - The international media were full of praise for FC Bayern München after the Bundesliga pacesetters reached their fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-final in stunning fashion thanks to a 6-1 thrashing of FC Porto in the quarter-final second leg. rounds up the best media reaction…


Süddeutsche Zeitung: "There was no stopping FC Bayern. Bayern carved out a fantastic 6-1 win against FC Porto to reach the semi finals of the Champions League. At half-time the Munich club already made their 3-1 loss from the first leg a thing of the past."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "A first half Bayern could have only wished for. ‘Olé, olé,’ the red choir chanted from the stands. What was expected to become a tight match turned out to be one of those rare magical and stunning nights. FC Bayern were celebrating football as if they were performing in a cabaret."

Bild: "Bämm! Buff! Piff! Paff! Zack! Bumm! Bayern were firing in the goals in their 6-1 showing against FC Porto. Those super Bavarians were too hot handle for the Portuguese."

TZ: "Super Bayern destroyed Porto - what a game! Bayern are into the semi-finals of the Champions League courtesy of a historic success, keeping their hopes of clinching the treble alive."


Público: "What a disaster. The Dragons were kicked out of the Champions League back door after a catastrophic first 45 minutes. The result reflects a shockingly poor performance by FC Porto. Coach Lopetegui couldn’t believe what had happened to his team in Munich."

Correio da Manha: "It was the fifth time in the club’s history that FC Porto suffered defeat by a five-goal margin in European competition, and the second time they conceded six. They suffered a hefty 6-1 defeat in Munich."

United Kingdom

The Times: "Pep Guardiola would never say so, but he is pretty special too. The Bayern München coach enhanced his remarkable record of having reached the Champions League semi-finals in each of the six seasons that he has taken part in the competition, and in such emphatic fashion as to make his side strongly fancied to reach the final in Berlin. Not even José Mourinho has delivered so consistently on the European stage, and certainly not with such style."

The Mirror: "Bayern came into the game as the underdogs for qualification but smashed their way past their opponents, finding themselves five goals up at the break. Robert Lewandowski led a five-goal blitz in 26 minutes as Pep Guardiola’s side stamped their class on Porto and sounded a warning to the rest of Europe."

The Guardian: "As you were, then, Pep. This was an extraordinary Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena. Chiefly, of course, for Bayern München's magisterial passage into the semi-finals, Pep Guardiola’s team turning around a 3-1 first-leg deficit to go to half-time 5-0 up, having reduced Porto to a collection of bewildered, ill-fitting parts. Almost as remarkable, in a perverse kind of way, was Porto’s own first-half collapse. They were abject in losing 6-1, undone by Bayern’s ruthless exposing of weakness on the flanks via classically Guardiola-ish switches of play and a bravura performance of centre-forward craft and strength from Robert Lewandowski."

Daily Mail: "Robert Lewandowski scores two in a six-goal rout as Pep Guardiola's side overturn a first leg deficit in emphatic style to reach Champions League semi-finals."


El País: "Thiago scored the opener as Bayern danced past Porto in exquisite fashion against Porto in Pep Guardiola’s 100th game in charge. Bayern’s second-leg comeback and progression to the semis were founded on their greed and delicacy. 7-1 against Roma, 7-0 against Donetsk, 6-1 against Porto: Bayern are intimidating."

AS: "Bayern were like an avalanche, a footballing hurricane blowing through the Allianz Arena. Few teams have managed what Bayern did against Porto in the first half. The way Guardiola’s side got the better of Lopetegui’s charges made them look ridiculous."

Marca: "Guardiola had the recipe for success. Porto were overrun by Bayern in the first 45 minutes. […] Porto only showed they were alive briefly in the second half when the game was already over."


L’Equipe: "Bayern chopping Porto to pieces. Bayern had the recipe to manage to bounce back from the 3-1 first-leg defeat. FC Porto were give a lesson in the first half."


Blick: "See what happens when you provoke Bayern! Bayern destroy Porto 6-1 to reach the Champions League semi-finals. They’re were already 5-0 up at half-time, making up for the 3-1 loss from the first leg."