Luca Toni and Franck Ribery scored two goals each to virtually ensure Bayern Munich a UEFA Champions League quarter-finals place in a 5-0 rout of Sporting Lisbon in their last-16, first leg tie.
A superb first-half solo effort and a second-half penalty by French midfield maestro Ribery, plus a second-half pair from Italian FIFA World Cup™ winner Toni, puts Bayern firmly in the driving-seat for the return leg. With five away goals under their belts, it was a good night at the office for the German giants at the Estadio Jose Alvalade as they brushed off their poor form in the Bundesliga to sweep Lisbon aside.
"Everything just slotted together for us tonight," said Bayern team manager Uli Hoeness. "It was a nice game to watch, we stand with one leg in the quarter-finals. We must not allow this lead to slip."
Ribery opened the scoring in style when he seized a loose pass, rode two tackles to breech the Lisbon defence and slotted his shot under the Sporting goalkeeper Tiago after 42 minutes.
Bayern extended the lead when Italian defender Massimo Oddo put in a towering cross which Toni - who showed no ill-effects of his recent ankle injury - flicked the ball on and it went into the goal off Miroslav Klose on 57 minutes.
Then a darting run into the heart of the Lisbon defence by Germany defender Philipp Lahm - who had headed off the line in the first-half - resulted in a penalty when he was brought crashing down by midfielder Fabio Rochemback. Ribery stepped up and slotted home his effort on 63 minutes after sending Tiago the wrong way.
With such a big lead, Bayern settled into some impressive one-touch football despite less than the lion's share of possession. The fourth goal came when Toni rose highest above the Sporting defence and blasted his header past the diving Sporting goalkeeper on 84 minutes. It was his first ever UEFA Champions League goal and he added his second on the verge of full time stabbing home his shot with team-mates queuing up to score as the Lisbon defence capitulated.
To demonstrate Bayern's confidence, Lahm curled a shot in from the edge of the penalty area which only just missed the far post. The second leg will be played at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday 10 March.