Bayern Munich took one step closer to the final four of the Champions League after registering a convincing 2-0 win over French club Olympique Marseille in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the competition.

Marseille nearly took the lead in the 7th minute of the game, when defender Rod Fanni powerfully headed in a brilliant cross by winger Mathieu Valbuena, which was denied by an equally impressive full length diving save by Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, Marseille's decision to play third-choice goalkeeper Elinton Andrade, due to Steve Mandanda's suspension, proved terribly wrong as he let in a tame shot from Mario Gomez', giving an undeserving lead to the German giants just a minute before half-time.

Bayern doubled their lead in the 69th minute via a brilliant close ranged strike by Dutch winger Arjen Robben off a Thomas Müller assist, giving Bayern a solid advantage in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Olympique Marseille's Valbuena challenges Bayern Munich's Badstuber during their quarter-final first leg Champions League soccer match at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Remy challenges Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Neuer during their quarter-final first leg Champions League soccer match at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Morel challenges Bayern Munich's Robben during their quarter-final first leg Champions League soccer match at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena challenges Luiz Gustavo of Bayern Munich during their Champions League soccer match in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Rod Fanni protects his goalkeeper Elinton Andrade against Bayern Munich during their Champions League soccer match in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena challenges David Alaba of Bayern Munich during their Champions League soccer match in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Diarra challenges Kroos of Bayern Munich during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Nicolas N'koulou challenges Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich during their Champions League soccer match in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Fanni challenges Gomez of Bayern Munich during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match in Marseille.Reuters
Olympique Marseille's Morel challenges Robben and Ribery of Bayern Munich during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match in Marseille.Reuters