MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Mario Gomez (2R) of Muenchen celebrates his team's fourth goal with team mates Franck Ribery (front, hidden), Thomas Mueller (L) and David Alaba (R) during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Basel at Allianz Arena on March 13, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Destroy Basel, Marseille Snatch Stoppage Time Winner

Brandao snatched an improbable late winner for Marseille against Inter, while Bayern Munich put in a stellar performance.

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Inter Milan Vs. Marseille, 2012 Champions League: Brandao Sinks Inter Late

Inter Milan were mere minutes from forcing extra time in their Champions League clash with Marseille only for a bizarre final few minutes to see the tie go to the visitors. Things had looked promising for Inter throughout - although the game was poor the Ligue 1 side didn't look like doing much of anything but occasionally fling crosses at Lucio and Walter Samuel - and Steve Mandanda was forced into a pair of excellent saves from Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito in the first half.

Both will have been ruing their missed opportunities as it looked like Marseille might just hold out for a draw, but Milito eventually made up for his fairly tame earlier effort by slotting past Mandanda following an episode of pinball in the box. With that goal, a feeling of dread struck the viewers. 1-0 each meant another half hour of this! Someone save us!

It didn't look as though our collective prayers would be heard. Inter aren't that good and Marseille weren't trying, and the French team looked as though they were playing a quite-funny joke on the world when they swapped Loic Remy for Brandao in the 88th minute. It turns out that the joke was on ... us. But in a different way. Within three minutes of taking the field, Brandao had latched onto a long punt from Mandanda, wriggled past the Inter defense, and dispatched a shot past Julio Cesar to make it 1-1 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

Critically, Marseille also had an away goal, and that meant that Inter had about 90 seconds to score two goals in order to advance. Considering it took them all of February and a little bit of March to score one, some skepticism about the likelihood of their progression was warranted.

Still, Inter went forward, and they did so with an urgency that wasn't really there for most of the match. Giampaolo Pazzini, who had been restricted to the substitute's bench for the game's initial hour, surged into the box and was chopped down by Mandanda for a penalty. The goalkeeper had already been booked for timewasting and the foul was worth a second yellow, so he trudged off while Gennaro Bracigliano took his place in the net.

The substitute goalkeeper had no chance at saving Pazzini's penalty, blasted high and true to his right, but then again he probably didn't care very much. Mandanda's dismissal ended up eating most of the time left, and the penalty was the very last action of the game. It's not often that you see the defense celebrate so heartily immediately after conceding a goal, but there you have it. Marseille are through to the quarterfinals, but real trouble looms for Inter.


Bayern Munich Vs. FC Basel, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Final Score, Gomez And Robben Run Riot

FC Basel did brilliantly to beat Manchester United to get into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, then defeat Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie, but their dream run is now over. A rampant Bayern side with a newly-found attitude problem took Basel out behind the woodshed and beat them senseless, laying a 7-0 beating on the Swiss champions to win the tie 7-1.

Mario Gomez scored four goals and he was unlucky to not score six. Arjen Robben scored two goals, the opener that leveled the tie and the final goal of the evening. The ultimate tie-winning goal was the fantastic half-volley strike by Thomas Müller that made it 2-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate in the 41st minute.

Basel was very much in the tie for the opening 40 minutes of the match, but they completely fell apart when Müller's goal went in. They immediately let in another goal by Gomez, and that goal made it 3-0 at halftime. Bayern picked up right where they left off in the second half, netting four more goals as Gomez completely dominated the game. He won 50-50 challenges with defenders, held up the ball and distributed all as well as he finished in a man of the match performance.

For more on the Bavarians, head to The Offside Bayern Munich.


Inter Milan Vs. Marseille, 2012 Champions League: Lineups

Inter Milan have found themselves going through a rare occurrence for the once-mighty club - an upswing in form. Having gone all of February without a goal, Inter, who just two years ago won the Champions League, have found themselves with four points from their last six. Impressive? Hardly, but it's enouraging nonetheless for Claudio Raneiri's men. Their recent good work, however, could all be undone with anything less than a victory against Marseille.

On paper, that doesn't look too difficult. Although the Ligue 1 side annoyed Inter with a last-minute Andre Ayew goal in the first leg, since that game they've been calamitously poor, seemingly catching their opposition's allergy to scoring goals and going into an extended tailspin in the process. This, they, is a great opportunity for Inter to reassert themselves as more than a paper tiger - if they can stop Marseille from snapping out of their funk.

Inter Milan starting lineup (4-3-1-2): Julio Cesar; Yuto Nagatomo, Walter Samuel, Lucio, Maicon; Andrea Poli, Dejan Stankovic, Javier Zanetti; Wesley Sneijder; Diego Forlan, Diego Milito.

Marseille starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Steve Mandanda; Jeremy Morel, Nicolas N'Koulou, Souleymane Diawara, Cesar Azpilicueta; Stephane Mbia, Alou Diarra; Andre Ayew, Mathieu Valbuena, Morgan Amalfitano; Loic Remy.

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