Bayern entered the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League with one foot after a 4-1 defeat by Lazio.
Lazio vs Bayern: match as it happened, reaction
The match in short
In a nightmare for Lazio’s first half, Robert Lewandowski pounced on Mateo Musacchio’s poor back ball and returned home within nine minutes – making him the UEFA Champions League top scorer with 72 goals. Leon Goretzka set Jamal Musial for second place for the Germans, while the 17-year-old drilled low into the bottom corner. Leroy Sané scored in third Bayern and Reina only managed to redirect Kingsley Coman’s efforts to the wing path. Bayern showed intent from the restart, forcing Francesco Acerbi to score an own goal in the 47th minute at 4-0. However, a few minutes later, Joaquín Correa made his way through the Bayern danger zone and scored consolation for the Italians.
Player of the match: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
“He scored one goal and was dangerous throughout the game. He was good on defense and showed good mobility.”
Cosmin Contra, UEFA Technical Observer
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Vieri Capretta, Lazio journalist
Not even the night Lazio would expect. Lazio’s mistakes at the back paved the way for Bayern’s dominant portrayal. The guests were simply on a different level, and even if we sometimes saw an insight into what Lazio is capable of, they just didn’t look like that side we admired in the group stage. Their game plan will need to be reconsidered before the return match in Munich.
Jordan Maciel, Bayern rapporteur
An almost flawless performance by Bayern sending a statement of intent to those who dared to doubt their credentials. Flick wanted his side to start aggressively and set the tone, and was rewarded with a convincing win. Special praise goes to the youngster Musiali, who confirmed his selection with a well-scored goal, but also to Süle, who rejected the recent control with a confident right back.
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern striker: “Good night is when you score four goals. I may not have had that many chances, but I tried to get to the right positions, and overall that early goal was important. ”
Hansi Flick, Bayern coach: “Everyone met expectations today. We wanted to press them off the field, which we did well. We won the ball high on the field and as a result created a lot of chances. We are very happy.”
Simone Inzaghi, coach of Lazio: “Bayern is the world champion, probably the best team in the world. They definitely didn’t need our mistakes to make them even easier. “
Pepe Reina, Lazio goalkeeper: “It’s a bad night. We prepared differently. Now of course we have to react, continue our momentum in the league. ”
• Lewandowski scored his 72nd goal in the UEFA Champions League and became the all-time leading scorer of all time.
• Bayern have not conceded a goal in their last 19 UEFA Champions League matches.
• At 17 years and 363 days, Jamal Musiala is the second youngest player to score in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League, after Bojan (17 years and 217 days). He is now Bayern’s youngest goal scorer in the European Cup.
• Lazio have not missed a goal in their last 13 UEFA Champions League matches (group stage to final).
• Bayern are unbeaten in their last nine UEFA Champions League matches against the Italian opposition (W7 D2).
Lazio: Reina; Patric (Hoedt 53), Acerbi, Musacchio (Lulic 31); Lazzari, S. Milinković-Savić (Cataldi 81), Lucas Leiva (Escalante 53), Luis Alberto (Akpa-Akpro 81), Marušić; Immobile, Correa
Bayern: Neuer; Süle, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Musiala (Choupo-Moting 90); Sané (Sarr 90), Goretzka (Martínez 63), Coman (Hernández 75); Lewandowski
What’s next? *
Both teams have a series of home games ahead of the rematch in Munich on Wednesday, March 17th.
27/2: Bologna (a)
02/3: Turin (h)
12/3: Crotone (h)
27/2: Cologne (h)
06/3: Dortmund (h)
13/3: Werder Bremen (a)
* League schedule unless otherwise stated