Without having to raise their level of play, Bayern Munich crushed Lazio Rome at home in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday (4-1). But if the defending champion has shown his great superiority, it is largely because his opponent in the evening has chewed up his work on at least three goals.
After twenty years of absence in the knockout phase of the Champions League, Lazio Rome has almost already said goodbye to the 2021 edition. As upset to welcome the outgoing European champion, the formidable Bayern Munich, the Roman club scuttled (1-4), sacrificing almost any chance of passing the knockout stages.
Stifled from the start by the pressing of the men of Hans-Dieter Flick, Lazio gave in after only 8 minutes of play because of a very soft back pass (and slowed down by a waterlogged lawn) of his defender Matteo Musacchio – replaced in the 30th minute, without being injured or warned. Obviously, Robert Lewandowski was prowling around and the Pole took the opportunity to score his 72nd goal in the Champions League, the one which allows him to become the third top scorer in the history of the competition, ahead of Raúl, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi .
In the 42nd minute, it is an error of appreciation on a trivial bell clearance, notably involving Patric, who offered the goal of 3-0 to the Bavarians. Kingsley Coman exploited the ball that appeared to burn the Spanish defender’s feet to force Pepe Reina into the parade, who returned the ball to Leroy Sané, alone at the penalty spot. And while the break could have allowed Simone Inzaghi to put his players in the right direction, they cracked upon returning from the locker room, Francesco Acerbi sending a center from Sané – who had just humiliated Patric – in his own net ( 47th).
In total three of the four goals conceded by Lazio Rome this Tuesday evening, resulted from an individual error. While Bayern Munich was singled out for its defensive mistakes and the club remained on Saturday defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga (1-2), he did not have to force to already bury Italian hopes. However, gaping spaces on the sides were notably observed. The latter were not fully exploited because of chronic clumsiness and a hint of haste, like a strike directly into touch by Senad Lulic (61 ‘).
Opposite, Bayern has accelerated only once, on the 2-0 goal. After a provocation from Alphonso Davies on the left side, Leon Goretzka found young Jamal Musiala full axis with an instant outside foot pass. With a cross strike on the ground from outside the opponent’s area, the Bavarian nugget scored his first goal in C1, becoming the youngest British goalscorer in the Champions League at 17 years and 363 days – the second youngest overall scorer, behind Bojan Krkic in 2008.
By the ease and technical accuracy of its spearheads – Sané, Coman and Musiala on Tuesday – Bayern showed that they had not lost any of their punching power, despite the absences of Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller or Douglas Costa. But the score of this evening reflects above all the weaknesses of a very clumsy Lazio despite a good number of dangerous situations. The Laziale have even shot 14 times on Manuel Neuer’s goal, that is to say once more than Bayern tonight on the Reina cade (13 shots).