Champions League holders Bayern Munich have one foot in the quarter-finals after easing to victory against Lazio in their last-16 first leg.
Robert Lewandowski moved outright third on the list of all-time Champions League goalscorers as he helped Bayern Munich to a convincing 4-1 win against Lazio in Tuesday’s last-16 first leg.
Bayern have stuttered domestically with a draw and defeat in their past two Bundesliga matches, but they eased to victory at the Stadio Olimpico, scoring three of their four goals in the first half.
Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane put the holders in complete control after prolific striker Lewandowski had opened the scoring with his 72nd goal in the competition, moving him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (134) and Lionel Messi (119).
What does it mean? Easy going for Bayern
Lazio had won eight of their 10 previous matches in all competitions heading into this contest, while Bayern have already lost more Bundesliga games in 2021 than in the whole of the previous calendar year, which pointed towards a tight contest.
That was the case for all of nine minutes, at which point Lewandowski scored his 32nd goal of the campaign to set Flick’s charges on their way to a 17th win in 18 Champions League games since the start of last season and, barring an almighty collapse in the return leg, a place in the last eight.
Musiala makes his mark
Due to the absence of the likes of Muller, Douglas Costa and Serge Gnabry, Flick handed Musiala – aged 17 years and 363 days – just his second Champions League start.
He made a big impact with a crisp finish in the first half that made him the youngest Englishman to score in the competition and the second-youngest player to score in the knockout stages after Bojan.
Lazio their own worst enemies
Musacchio was not alone in having a bad game – Patric also gave the ball away in the lead up to Bayern’s third – but Lazio did not recover from the early first goal for which the defender was to blame.
He gave away possession twice in total and lasted only 31 minutes before being taken off by Inzaghi as part of a tactical switch that did not work as he would have hoped.
Key Opta Facts
- Lazio conceded four goals in a home European game for only the third time ever after 4-0 defeats against Barcelona (in the UEFA Cup in 1975) and Chelsea (in the Champions League in 2003.
- Bayern are now unbeaten in their past 18 Champions League games (W17 D1), the fourth-longest such run in the competition’s history and the longest since a run of 25 for Manchester United ending in May 2009.
- Musiala (17y 363d) became just the second 17 year-old to start a Champions League knockout game for Bayern after David Alaba (17y 258d) in March 2010 against Fiorentina.
- Sane has been directly involved in 10 goals in his past 10 Champions League appearances (seven goals and three assists).
- Correa has scored three Champions League goals for Lazio this season (seven games), one more than he managed in his previous two campaigns in the competition for Sevilla combined (two in 11 games).
Lazio will look to bounce back from this loss when they travel to Bologna in their next Serie A game on Saturday, the same day that Bayern host Cologne in the Bundesliga.