MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 20: Mario Gomez (R) celebrate his goal with teammate Thomas Mueller during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on August 20, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League Playoff Round, Second Legs: Bayern, APOEL, Genk And Dinamo Advance

Bayern Munich-Zurich is just one of five Champions League games taking place on Tuesday evening.

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UEFA Champions League Qualifying, 2011: Bayern, Zagreb Lead Advancing Teams

FC Zurich 0-1 Bayern Munich (Bayern Munich advance 3-0 on aggregate)

Beyern were holding a 2-0 lead from their home leg at the Allianz Arena, and 'Super' Mario Gomez made it 3-0 on aggregate within ten minutes of the second leg starting. After that, the match was pretty pointless. Zurich needed four goals to get through, and got exactly none of them.

APOEL Nicosia 3-1 Wilsa Krakow (APOEL Nicosia advance 3-2 on aggregate)

It was a boring but closely fought match in the first leg, but nothing of the sort in the second. Nicosia needed to score to advance thanks to a 1-0 reverse in Krakow, but with the threat of an away goal from the their opponents, they probably wanted to win by two. They went up early thanks to an own goal by Sergei Pareiko and then double their advantage thanks to Ailton Jose Almeida strike in the 54th minute, but the visitors pegged back a goal within a quarter of an hour and things looked dire for the Cypriots until Almeida notched again four minutes from time. Close!

Malmo 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Dinamo Zagreb advance 4-3 on aggregate)

Well this game was closer than it really ought to have been. Zagreb grabbed a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture, so Malmo had to win 3-0 or by four goals in order to avoid extra time or elimination on away goals. For much of the match, things were scoreless, but Wilton Figueiredo scored in the 69' minute to make it 1-0 Malmo and Pontus Jansson doubled their lead in the 86th. After a tense finish, however, Zagreb snuck through to advance to the group stages.

Racing Genk 2-1 Maccabi Haifa (Racing Genk advance 4-1 on penalties after 3-3 aggregate draw)

Someone had to go to pelaties, right? After Maccabi Haifi won 2-1 at home last week, Genk repeated the feat in Belgium, forcing a penalty shootout. All of the goals came during a wild six minute period in which Jelle Vossen gave Genk the lead, Eyal Golsa took it back for Maccabi Haifa, then Thomas Buffel tied up the score on aggregate. In the shootout, Genk keeper Laszlo Koteles made two massive saves, helping his team to easily win the shootout 4-1.

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FC Zurich Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 Champions League Qualifiers: Bayern Score Away Goal, Wrap Up Tie

Well that didn't take long at all. Bayern Munich have scored the away goal they need to make it almost impossible for FC Zurich to turn this tie around and advance to the group stages of the Champions League, rather killing this game almost before it began. It's Mario Gomez who scores, of course, and there's no way back for Zurich.

Apart from the goal, the match has been rather massively dull. There've been a few close calls at both ends, but at this point nothing seems particularly interesting because nothing matters at all. Zurich needed to score four goals in eighty minutes the moment Gomez knocked the ball home, and now they need to score four in forty-five to go through. It wasn't going to happen and it still isn't going to happen, and now this is the equivalent of a training session for the visitors. And so it is beyond boring.

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FC Zurich Vs. Bayern Munich, 2011 Champions League Playoff Round: Lineups

Bayern Munich currently hold a 2-0 lead against FC Zurich thanks to a comfortable win at the Allianz Arena last week, but they may well rue their failure to take advantage of the many, many chances that fell their way in that match. Zurich still have a very faint chance to overcome the German heavyweights at home, and Bayern will be pushing hard for an away goal to make sure that the Swiss side isn't able to sneak through a epic comeback victory to advance to the Champions League group stages.

FC Zurich (4-3-3): Johnny Leoni; Heinz Barmettler, Koch Philippe, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jorge Teixeira; Silvan Aegerter, Dusan Djuric, Oliver Buff; Marco Schonbachler, Amine Chermiti, Admir Mehmedi.

Substitutes: Andrea Guatelli, Ludovic Magnin, Raphael Koch, Milan Gajic, Nikci Adrian, Maurice Brunner, Drmic Josip.

Bayern Munich (4-4-2):
Manuel Neuer; Daniel Van Buyten, Philip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribéry, Toni Kroos, Luis Gustavo Dias; Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller.

Substitutes: Hans-Jörg Butt, Marcio Ferreira de Souza Rafinha, Diego Contento, Anatoliy Tymoschuk, David Alaba, Arjen Robben, Nils Petersen.

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UEFA Champions League Playoff Round, Second Legs: Bayern Munich Look To Hold Onto Lead

Bayern Munich-Zagreb is just one of five Champions League games taking place on Tuesday evening.

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