Thomas Muller scores one of his two goals for Bayern Munich against Besiktas on Tuesday. Photo: Lukas Barth/EPA

MUNICH – Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski netted twice as Bayern Munich thrashed 10-man Besiktas 5-0 on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Disaster struck for Besiktas after just 16 minutes when Domagoj Vida was sent off bringing down Lewandowski when the Poland striker was through on goal.

Besiktas fought gainly and held firm until just before halftime when Bayern captain Müller scored from close range.

The floodgates opened after the break at Munich’s Allianz Arena as Kingsley Coman struck before Müller poached his second.

Bayern claimed their fourth on 79 minutes when Lewandowski pounced on a rebound after defender Mats Hummels’ long-range shot was parried.

Müller then weighed in with an assist to set up Lewandowski for the fifth just before the final whistle.

Besiktas, making their debut in the knockout stages of the Champions League, face a near impossible task in the return leg in Istanbul on March 14 if they are to prolong their European adventure.

Bayern made a bright start when Coman’s curling shot forced Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri into a save on nine minutes, Joshua Kimmich’s free kick then headed wide by Arturo Vidal.

But Besiktas were the architects of their own downfall as a poor pass from skipper Atiba Hutchinson was snapped up by Lewandowski, who was sent tumbling by last man Vida as he closed in on goal.

Despite the dismissal of the Croatia defender, Bayern initially struggled to make the advantage count as the Besiktas defence, marshalled by Portugal veteran centre-back Pepe, refused to buckle.

The Turkish champions created chances of their own as winger Ricardo Quaresma beat Bayern centre-back Hummels before firing wide, while Pepe shot over the bar.

Referee Ovidiu Hategan shows Besiktas’ Domagoj Vida (L) a red card against Bayern Munich. Photo: Ronald Wittek/EPA

But Bayern broke the deadlock when Coman whipped in a cross and David Alaba flicked the ball to Müller, who tapped the ball through Fabri’s legs on 43 minutes.

Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez went off with a calf injury just after the goal, replaced by veteran winger Arjen Robben, a surprise exclusion from the starting side, in a move that pushed Müller more to central to accommodate the Dutchman.

Bayern maintained the pressure following the restart as Lewandowski hit the post with a free kick four minutes into the second half.

The Poland forward turned provider for Coman’s goal, passing back inside after being put in behind the defence by Müller.

With the Besiktas defence worrying about Müller and Vidal, Coman steamed into the area unmarked to slam home Bayern’s second goal on 52 minutes.

With Bayern peppering the Besiktas goal, visiting coach Senol Gunes sacrificed striker Vagner Love for defender Dusko Tosic to try and limit the damage.

It had little effect though as Bayern grabbed their third when Kimmich’s cross was met by Müller at the near post on 66 minutes.

A speculative Hummels shot was kept out well by Fabri, but Lewandowski was on hand to tuck away his 28th goal of the season in all competitions on 79 minutes.

Müller and Lewandowski combined for Bayern’s fifth goal when the Germany forward squared for his Polish teammate to cap the rout two minutes from time.