forgotten forward Ivica Olic struck twice to give his team a 2-0
win over Olympique Marseille on Tuesday and send them into the
Champions League semi-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory.
Four-time European champions Bayern look set to meet
nine-time winners Real Madrid in a mouth-watering semi-final
later this month, with the Spanish club hosting APOEL Nicosia on
Wednesday and holding a 3-0 advantage from the first leg in
Olic, a surprise addition in the line-up ahead of Bundesliga
top scorer Mario Gomez, has spent most of the season on the
bench while the Germany international has been scoring at will,
23 times in the league and 11 times in the Champions League.
The 32-year-old Croat has repeatedly said he would be moving
on at the end of the season if he did not get more playing time
but coach Jupp Heynckes had no reason to change as long as Gomez
Heynckes, however, surprisingly opted to bring in Olic for
their second leg against Marseille after their 2-0 win in France
The striker repaid the trust with a brace reminiscent of the
crucial goals he scored for Bayern in the quarter-finals and
last four en route to the 2010 Champions League final.
"I am very happy for Ivica, not only because he played well
but also because he scored," Heynckes told reporters.
"He worked very hard. He is a bonus for us now. We know we
play every three days and I need alternatives, players who can
decide a game," said Heynckes, whose team are chasing a treble
of domestic titles and the top European prize.
"To have the feeling that 'I am valuable for the team' is
very important for a player," said the former Real Madrid coach.
Olic told reporters: "It is a good feeling. I am a player
with a lot of experience but I was stressed before the start.
"To play in the Champions League is always something
special. I am very happy to have scored and to see the team is
through to the semis."
Olic gave the hosts a flying start when he connected with a
Franck Ribery pass in the 13th minute and tapped in his second
after a well-timed pass from David Alaba in the 37th.
"I am really happy for Ivica. He came off the bench and
straight away scored two goals. That is really important for
us," said Ribery.
Bayern, booking their spot in the last four for the second
time in three seasons, are desperate for a final appearance that
will be hosted by Munich on May 19.
Marseille, who needed to score at least three goals, had two
shots on target in the opening minutes but Bayern got the early
goal they wanted, dashing any French hopes when former
Marseille player Ribery cut back into the box for Olic to slot
The French reacted instantly but Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
did well to palm a powerful Stephane Mbia shot over the bar.
The Germans gradually got more and more possession,
threatening with a thundering Anatoliy Tymoshchuk drive in the
27th before Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda denied Olic from
close range seconds later.
Olic made amends in the 37th, timing his run to connect with
Alaba's low cross.
It was the end of an unexpected run for the 1993 European
champions Marseille who ironically won that title in Munich and
who have now lost nine of their last 10 games in all
"If we had converted those early chances it could have been
different," said Marseille coach Didier Deschamps, whose team
are in ninth place in Ligue 1.
"We tried to get the best out of this situation. But Bayern
are deservedly in the last four. The adventure was beautiful."
"Yet it was not always logical what we did on the pitch to
get to the quarter-finals," he said in reference to a string of
last-gasp goals Marseille scored in previous rounds.
"I guess there is some sporting logic to this result
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