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Bayern Munich reach Champions League semis


MUNICH — Ivica Olic scored twice to send Bayern Munich comfortably through to the Champions League semi-finals for the second time in three years with a 2-0 win over Marseille on Tuesday.

Bayern had a 2-0 lead from the first leg and Olic all but secured the German team’s progression when he struck in the 13th minute, after former Marseille player Franck Ribery set the Croatian up for an easy tap in. Olic then put the result beyond doubt in the 37th by making it 4-0 on aggregate.

Desperate defending prevented the impressive Ribery from scoring against his former squad late on.

Marseille improved in the second half, but had little hope of ending Bayern’s dream of playing the final in their own stadium on May 19.

That challenge will likely be Real Madrid’s, as the Spanish team holds a 3-0 lead over APOEL Nicosia before last night’s second leg of their quarter-final. —Reuters

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