Alcantara helps fire Bayern into Champions League last eight

Leipzig's Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen jumps as Stuttgart's German goalkeeper Ron Robert Zieler holds the ball during their German first division Bundesliga match in Stuttgart

Leipzig's Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen jumps as Stuttgart's German goalkeeper Ron Robert Zieler holds the ball during their German first division Bundesliga match in Stuttgart

And the German giants did it in sublime style, with an 8-1 win on aggregate against Besiktas.

Thiago finished from a Thomas Muller cross to extend Bayern's advantage and score their 100th goal of the season, but the Spain worldwide was withdrawn before the break, coach Jupp Heynckes perhaps wishing he had rested more key names after picking a strong side.

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara scored the first goal for Bayern in the 18th minute, Gokhan Gonul's own goal at the start of the second half made it 2-0 for Bayern.

Alaba atoned by setting up Wagner for Bayern's third in the final minutes.

Bayern could secure their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title at the weekend.

Having resisted the urge to name a weakened team after their first-leg romp, Bayern wasted little time taking the lead against the Turkish champions.

The only concern for Bayern was an apparent foot injury for Thiago, who was visibly frustrated as he went off in the 35th for James Rodriguez.

Winger Ricardo Quaresma was Besiktas' most risky player in the first half with three chances, although none really troubled Sven Ulreich.


Right-back Rafinha whipped in a cross, but with the Besiktas defence focused on preventing the ball reaching the lurking Lewandowski, Gonul turned the ball into his own net.

English referee Michael Oliver had to "paws" the game to shoo the animal away from the pitch, with Bayern quickly making fun of the moment on social media.

Bayern extended their lead moments after the start of the second half when Turkey global Gonul flicked the ball into his own net from a Rafinha cross.

Bayern posted a photo-shopped image of Wagner with the cat posing on his shoulder before including the feline in a man-of-the-match poll. To date, he has reached the final of all three Champions League campaigns he has taken charge of, and no manager has ever made four consecutive finals.

The success has continued with the German side after he returned for his fourth stint with the club in 2017.

Vagner Love's first Champions League goal since 2011 gave the Turkish champions some hope on the night, but substitute Sandro Wagner's late goal sealed the win for the visitors.

Thiago broke the deadlock with a simple tap-in from Muller's perfectly weighted cross, quelling Besiktas' early energy with his second Champions League goal of the season.

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