Bayern Munich humiliated Italian giants AC Milan 4-1 on Wednesday as they set up an Audi Cup final date with English champions Manchester United.
A double from promising youngster Thomas Muller and a goal apiece from German international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Frenchman Saer Sene saw Bayern to an ultimately easy victory over Milan.
The Italian side – whose lack of a big name signing has provoked the ire of their fans as they have seen Kaka and David Beckham leave – saw their only goal come courtesy of a howler by Bayern ‘keeper Michael Rensing, who let a tame freekick from Andrea Pirlo slip through his arms into the goal.
Milan’s Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho – left out on Tuesday of the national squad for an upcoming friendly with Estonia – was at fault for Bayern’s first goal as he lost possession in the centre circle and the hosts Uruguayan midfielder Jose Ernesto Sosa centred for Muller to shoot home.
The score remained the same till a crazy final 10 minutes saw four goals scored as first Schweinsteiger scored from 16 metres out with a low shot, then Rensing’s blunder a minute later gave Milan some hope.
However, an increasingly exhausted Milan defence allowed Muller and Sene to round off a convincing victory in front of their French playmaker Franck Ribery, who was watching from the stands as he is suffering from tendinitis in the knee.