FC Bayern Munich easily reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. After a 4-1 win in the first leg, coach Hansi Flick’s team won the second leg 2-1 (1-0) and remained unbeaten in the 19th Champions League game in a row (18 wins). Here are the highlights of the game.
With the 19th participation in the Champions League quarter-finals, FC Bayern set a record (FC Barcelona has the second most at 18). The quarter-finals will be drawn on Friday (12 noon).
“It was very important to us to win the game. That is our DNA. All in all, it was okay, but not a great achievement. We would have liked to have played to zero, we are too rarely able to do that this season,” said Joshua Kimmich. Robert Lewandowski (33rd penalty kick) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (73rd) had put Bayern in the lead before Marco Parolo scored Lazios consolation goal (82nd).
In the end, Lazio surrendered to its fate and coach Simone Inzaghi said after Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final record: “Some teams are simply unplayable – and FC Bayern is one of them.” On Saturday (3:30 pm) the “unplayable” in the Bundesliga will receive VfB Stuttgart.
FC Bayern Munich – Lazio Rome: The analysis
The guests, with the goal scorer Immobile only sitting on the bench, came to some scenes in the penalty area, all of which FC Bayern defended in a concentrated manner with its back four of four nominal central defenders. Keeper Nübel, who started for the new guy with a cold and played his third competitive game of the season, was hardly tested.
In the meantime, there was hardly anything going forward at FC Bayern, the only means were often long passes from central defenders Alaba and Boateng. The only serious chance of scoring in the first half was the penalty, which Lewandowski confidently converted to 1-0 (33rd).
After the break, FC Bayern was much more offensive. Above all, the lively Sane over right and Lewandowski, who failed in the 67th on aluminum, were in danger. Shortly afterwards he left the place for Choupo-Moting, who scored the 2-0 (73rd). The final score to 2-1 was achieved by Lazio-Joker Parolo (82nd).
FC Bayern: Nübel – Pavard, Jerome Boateng (46th Süle), Alaba, Hernandez – Kimmich (77th Martinez), Goretzka (64th Davies) – Leroy Sane, Thomas Müller (71st Musiala), Gnabry – Lewandowski (70th Choupo-Moting ). – Trainer: Flick
Lazio: Reina – Marusic, Acerbi, Radu – Escalante (84th Akpa Akpro) – Lazzari (57th Parolo), Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto (75th Cataldi), Fares (46th Lulic) – Muriqi (56th Pereira), Correa . – Trainer: Inzaghi
It was hard but justifiable to decide on a penalty for Bayern when Muriqi pegged Goretzka. There were no other really controversial scenes.