Robert Lewandowski turned the Champions League’s third prime scorer of all time as holders Bayern Munich put one foot within the quarter-finals with a 4-1 thrashing of Lazio of their last-16 first leg in Rome on Tuesday.
The Polish striker pounced on a poorly judged again go after 9 minutes to steer in his 72nd objective within the competitors.
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In doing so, he surpassed former Actual Madrid striker Raul within the competitors scoring charts to achieve a complete solely bettered by Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, with 134 targets, and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with 119.
Bayern’s 17-year-old midfielder Jamal Musiala doubled their benefit with a well-taken strike that made him the youngest English participant to attain within the competitors.
Leroy Sane tapped in a 3rd earlier than the break and a Francesco Acerbi personal objective stretched the guests’ benefit early within the second half, however Joaquin Correa quickly pulled one again for Lazio, whose unbeaten run within the competitors got here crashing to an finish.
“We attacked Lazio from the beginning,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer informed Sky Sport.
“I appreciated our depth, we confirmed our greatest face, totally different from what we have proven lately within the Bundesliga. We have definitely made our lives simpler for the second leg.”
It was an 18th consecutive match with out defeat for Bayern within the Champions League, 17 of which have been victories, leaving the German champions in a dominant place forward of the second leg in Munich on March 17.
Bayern got here into the sport with a degree to show after incomes one level from two league video games since profitable the Membership World Cup earlier this month.
Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s opener on Tuesday.. Getty
They quickly demonstrated their pedigree towards a Lazio facet competing in its first Champions League knockout match since 1999.
Lewandowski anticipated a free go from Mateo Musacchio and rounded Pepe Reina to faucet in, however Lazio had been livid when penalty claims had been waved away after Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was felled within the field.
England Below-21 worldwide Musiala, who can be eligible to play for Germany, fired into the underside nook after 24 minutes.
Bayern then put the competition past doubt when Sane tapped in from a Reina parry and Acerbi diverted a cross into his personal web both facet of the break.
Lazio produced possibilities of their very own, ending the sport with 14 makes an attempt to Bayern’s 13, however Correa’s weaving run and end was their solely profitable effort.
“We knew beating Bayern was troublesome,” Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva informed Lazio Fashion.
“However we helped them by how we performed. This is not the Lazio that we all know, it was a troublesome night time.
“We have to be taught from this defeat and take the expertise, then we’ll go to Munich to play with delight and mentality.”
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