Bayern beat Lazio for Champions League quarterfinal spot


Robert Lewandowski made positive it was a snug night for Bayern Munich because the defending champion eased into the Champions League quarterfinals.

Lewandowski netted within the first half to finish Lazio’s slim hopes of a comeback as Bayern beat the Italian membership 2-1 at residence Wednesday to seal a 6-2 combination win.

That meant 4 German coaches within the final eight as Bayern’s Hansi Flick joined Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund’s Edin Terzic.

Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead from the penalty spot within the thirty third minute for his thirty ninth objective in all competitions this season, and his tenth in seven video games. Lewandowski calmly despatched his former Bayern teammate Pepe Reina the improper approach after Lazio’s Vedat Muriqi was judged to have held Leon Goretzka as they jostled for place at a nook.

Lewandowski had the possibility to achieve 40 objectives however the Polish striker hit the submit with a low drive from exterior the penalty space.

Choupo-Moting got here off the bench to interchange Lewandowski and shortly scored Bayern’s second off a defense-splitting cross from David Alaba within the 73rd, chipping the ball over Reina.


“Lazio are not a bad team so we took them very seriously from the first minute,” Choupo-Moting instructed broadcaster Sky. “I felt immediately that I had the space. It was a super pass from David.”

The sport was lengthy since out of Lazio’s attain when Marco Parolo headed in a free kick within the 82nd. That marked Bayern’s seventh sport in a row conceding no less than one objective.

“The attack is very strong and we play with a lot of risk, we know that,” Flick instructed broadcaster Sky. “It’s important for us to keep playing like this and defend from the front to put our opponents under pressure.”

Flick added that he held talks Wednesday with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic following studies in German media of a rift between the 2 over switch coverage.

Bayern has reached no less than the quarterfinals in 9 of its final 10 Champions League campaigns, with the only miss coming with a 3-1 combination loss to Liverpool within the final 16 in 2019.

Bayern coach Flick opted to not threat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who has a chilly, or ahead Kingsley Coman, who has a minor muscle drawback. Neuer’s stand-in Alexander Nübel acquitted himself nicely in stopping a tame header from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic early on, in a uncommon flicker of ambition for Lazio earlier than the penalty put the sport out of the Italian membership’s attain. He may do little about Parolo’s late header after poor marking by the Bayern protection.

In Wednesday’s different sport, Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at residence to finish a 3-0 combination win.


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