Photo: Bayern Munich
The man that doesn’t stop running until the game is over reminded us all today that his career isn’t over either.
Mr. ‘right place, right time’ Ivica Olić scored two goals in the first half Tuesday night in a 2-0 second leg win over Marseille in the Champions League quarterfinals to put Bayern Munich through to the next round on a 4-0 aggregate score. Olić got the start in place off on-fire German striker Mario Gomez as Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes tries to guide his club to a ‘treble’ championship season: Bundesliga title, German Cup and most importantly, the UEFA Champions League crown.
The 32 year-old Olić scored two identical goals (13′, 37′) as both Franck Ribery and David Alaba put in low passes across the six-yard box where only Olić could reach them for tap-in goals. Olić showed that he still has a nose for where the ball will be, even after suffering a season-ending injury last year and riding the bench for the majority of this one.
The question now: Is Ivica Olić still starting XI material for Croatia this summer at Euro 2012? He scored an all-important goal versus Turkey back in November and it looks like the magic hasn’t run out quite yet.
Olić goal in 13′. Non-stop service from Frenchman Franck Ribery
Olić has a true love for the game. He came back from a knee injury in 2011 only to warm the bench the next season behind gunslingers Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller. Olić never complained publicly even though he did state that first-team football was on his mind, with a looming move to Wolfsburg in the works during the winter of 2012. The man got his chance Tuesday night, scored two goals and celebrated like a kid; high-fiving his manager and giving a big hug to fellow Croatian teammate Daniel Pranjić. Pranjić came off the bench for Bayern in the 67′ while Olić was subbed off to a mighty Bavarian cheer in the 75th.
It now looks as if only Real Madrid stands in the way of Bayern Munich playing in the Champions League Final—in their own home stadium on May 19th.
Olić doubles his fun vs. Marseille