Football Musiala sets Champions League record as Bayern trounce Lazio

Musiala sets Champions League record as Bayern trounce Lazio

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UEFA Champions League holders Bayern Munich rose from their recent slump to charge through Lazio’s defense with a 4-1 win in the first leg of the last 16 on Tuesday.

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead before
17-year-old Jamal Musiala scored his first Champions League goal on only
his fourth appearance in Europe.

Musiala, who turns 18 Friday, is now the youngest English
goalscorer in Champions League history.

A Leroy Sane strike gave Bayern a three-goal half-time
cushion at the Stadio Olimpico before Francesco Acerbi scored an own goal just
after the break.

Joaquin Correa pulled a goal back early in the second half
to give the scoreline some respectability for Lazio.

“We were aggressive from the start and went full
throttle,” Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka told Sky on his first
appearance after testing positive for Covid-19.

“I am happy to have played in such an awesome game
after a difficult few weeks.

“That was important after we had often been caught
napping (in recent games). Things worked well, that was a first good
step.”

Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio need a near miracle in the return
game in Munich on March 17 to reach the quarter-finals.

“We wanted to show we were switched on from the first
minute, we took our chances and played well,” said Bayern winger Sane.

“We used the ball well and put pressure on them at the
back.”

Bayern coach Hansi Flick pulled a surprise by starting
Musiala in place of Thomas Mueller, who was sidelined after testing positive
for Covid-19.

Benjamin Pavard was also out with coronavirus, while
midfielders Corentin Tolisso and Serge Gnabry were both missing with thigh
injuries.

Despite dropping five points in the Bundesliga last week and
bringing a depleted squad to Rome, Bayern needed less than nine minutes before
Lewandowski pounced on a mistake in the Lazio defence.

The Poland star snapped up a weak back-pass by Mateo
Musacchio — who was subbed off soon after — to dribble around Lazio’s veteran
goalkeeper Pepe Reina and fire into an empty net.

– Lewandowski passes Raul –

It was Lewandowski’s 72nd Champions League goal, taking him
solo third on the all-time list ahead of Real Madrid great Raul.

England Under-21 midfielder Musiala, who has reportedly
opted to play for Germany’s senior side, then showed maturity beyond his years
to calmy drill past Reina to make it 2-0 on 24 minutes.

The lead was extended just before half-time when Kingsley
Coman’s shot was parried and Sane tapped in the rebound.

There were two goals in the space of three minutes just
after the break, with Acerbi turning the ball into his own net as Bayern
counter-attacked from a Lazio corner.

Lazio were in danger of matching their heaviest home defeat
in Europe having lost 4-0 to Chelsea in the 2003/04 group stage.

But Bayern’s defence has often crumbled in recent weeks and
Lazio forward Joaquin Correa took advantage of poor marking to fire past Manuel
Neuer in the 49th minute.

Bayern are now unbeaten in their last 18 Champions League
games, with only a 1-1 group stage draw at Atletico Madrid last December
denying them a perfect record of wins.



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