With a 4-1 away win against Lazio, Bayern opened the gate to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League very wide.
Photos, voices & analysis: that’s how the game went
The game in brief
Bayern hardly missed a chance in the first half and went into the break with a 3-0 lead. Robert Lewandowski scored his 72nd Champions League goal after a serious defensive mistake by Napoli, after which Jamal Musiala celebrated his first goal.
Leroy Sané made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute and was instrumental in the next goal after the break, when Francesco Acerbi hit his own net.
Hansi Flick’s team then acted with a little less risk, also because Lazio increased the intensity and Joaquín Correa scored the next goal. But after that, the guests kept control over long stretches and celebrated a remarkable away win, which is almost equivalent to reaching the quarter-finals.
Man of the match: Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern)
“Scored a goal and was dangerous the whole game. Worked a lot on the defense and was constantly on the move.”
Cosmin Contra, UEFA technical observer
All players of the game in the UEFA Champions League
Vieri Capretta, Lazio-Reporter
Philip Röber, Bavaria reporter
Strong efficiency of Bavaria! Lazio left the guests too many rooms in the first half and was showered ice cold. The FCB has shown that in the premier class you can appear absolutely serious and high-class even when the personnel situation is tense. Certainly there is a lot more possible in terms of performance, but considering the circumstances, the performance was very good.
Hansi Flick, Bayern coach
Basically everyone lived up to expectations today, I think we showed a very good team performance, we wanted to put our opponents under pressure from the start, and we did well. Had high ball wins and then also played out the chances to score and scored goals, so we were very satisfied today.
The Champions League is something special, especially for our players, and we wanted to be wide awake from the start today and be on the pitch, and everyone was ready, had the will to do something special here.
Now it’s about playing the second game at home in Munich against Lazio, we want to get to the quarter-finals, we’ve come a huge step closer today, but in the end we still have one game to play.
Leon Goretzka, Bavaria
I’m just happy to be back in such a great Champions League knockout game right now. It was of course a difficult two weeks. It’s not that easy for someone who actually does sport every day to put their feet up. But I’m glad I’m back Overall, we found our way into the game very, very well. It was important again because we often missed the first 15 or 20 minutes of the last games.
We managed to bring this matchday mode back to the field, which we had already discussed many times last year. We were aggressive from the start and had very, very good grip in the beginning and we won the balls very well. For us that means that the way to goal is much shorter and that made us very strong last season.
• Bayern have always scored at least one goal in the last 19 Champions League games.
• At 17 years and 363 days, Jamal Musiala is the second youngest scorer in the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League. Only Bojan (17 years and 217 days) was younger when he scored for the first time. Musiala is also Bavaria’s youngest European Cup scorer.
• Lewandowski is now the third top scorer in the history of the competition after scoring 72nd in the UEFA Champions League.
Lazio: Reina – Patric, Acerbi, Musacchio – Lazzari, S. Milinković-Savić, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marušić – Immobile, Correa
Bayern: Neuer – Süle, Boateng, Alaba, Davies – Kimmich, Musiala – Sané, Goretzka, Coman – Lewandowski
Both teams will have a few league games in front of their chests before the second leg will take place in Munich on March 17th.
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