Champions League final is Bayern's target – Boateng

The Germany international was over the moon with his side’s win over Shakhtar and is optimistic about his side’s chances of going all the way in the competition

Jerome Boateng says Bayern Munich will do everything in their power to make it to the Champions League final after reaching the quarter-finals following a 7-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Bundesliga champions were held to a goalless draw in the first leg in Ukraine, but were given a helping hand in the second leg on Wednesday night when Olexandr Kucher was sent off for the visitors after just three minutes for a foul on Mario Gotze inside the penalty area.

Thomas Muller slotted home the resulting spot-kick before later adding a second, while there were also goals for Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Holger Badstuber, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze to complete a thumping win.

“We’re determined to make it to Berlin, although there’s still a long way to go. Let’s wait and see who we get in the quarters,” Boateng was quoted as saying on the official Bayern website.

“It wasn’t an easy match. We made a superb start and obviously it did make the job simpler with our opponents down to 10 men.

“We wanted the second goal as soon as possible and we managed it before half-time. That was important and then we saw it through to the end really well.

“The margin of victory was deserved and it was a great game from the whole team.”

Bayern joined Real Madrid, Porto and Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals, with the remaining round of 16 ties taking place next week.

The draw for the final eight will be made in Nyon on March 20.

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