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Bayern roll over hapless Lyon to reach final

Video by Luke BROWN

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-28

Bayern Munich demolished Lyon 3-0 to qualify for the Champions League final thanks to three goals by Croatian Ivica Olic (photo). The Bavarians will face Inter Milan or Barcelona in the May 22 final at the Bernabeu in Madrid.

REUTERS - Croatia striker Ivica Olic's superb hat-trick fired Bayern Munich into their first Champions League final since 2001 as the German side demolished Olympique Lyon 3-0 away on Tuesday.

Three clinical finishes from Olic helped the four-times European champions complete a 4-0 aggregate semi-final success at Stade Gerland.

Olic netted his first after 26 minutes with a neat turn and shot, smashed in a pass from Hamit Altintop after 67 minutes and completed his hat-trick with a header 12 minutes from time.

It was only the second ever hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final.

"I didn't think we'd win in such a one-sided manner and that I'd get three goals," Olic told German TV. "That's just incredible in a match like this."

Bayern will face either Inter Milan or Barcelona in the May 22 final at the Bernabeu in Madrid.

Lyon finished the game with 10 men after centre back Cris was sent off just before the hour. He was booked for a foul on Olic, then shown a second yellow card for mocking referee Massimo Busacca's decision.

"They were the stronger team. Too bad we failed to equalise (after the first goal) because we had a few chances," Lyon coach Claude Puel told French TV channel TF1.

It was a night to celebrate for Bayern, who had not been in the Champions League final since beating Valencia on penalties nine years ago.

Upper hand

They got off to a strong start, Thomas Mueller missing a clear cut opportunity after two minutes when his low shot from inside the box went a fraction wide.

It was only a matter of time for Bayern, who looked sharper even without the suspended Franck Ribery.

Following a fine one-two with Arjen Robben, Mueller raced into the box, cut it back for Olic, who turned and slotted past the helpless Hugo Lloris in the 26th minute.

Lyon missed their chance to level on the half hour when Michel Bastos fluffed a left-footed attempt after Lisandro Lopez had found the Brazilian unmarked at the far post.

Puel replaced Aly Cissokho with striker Bafetimbi Gomis, with Bastos taking the left back position as Lyon tried to step up a gear after the interval.

Bayern still had the upper hand though, a Bastian Schweinsteiger 25-metre volley whizzing over the bar on 53 minutes.

The contest was effectively over just before the hour when centre back Cris was sent off, picking a second yellow card for dissent seconds after being shown the first.

It did not take Bayern long to make the most of it, as Olic collected a through ball from Altintop before coolly slotting past Lloris.

He rubbed salt on his opponents' wounds by adding a third with a powerful header that went under the bar 12 minutes from time.

The Bayern fans chanted Ribery's name, whom they hope will play the final.The France midfielder, who was sent off in the first leg, has yet to discover if he will suspended for more than one game.

Date created : 2010-04-28

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