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Another night of Champions League action has been and gone where Bayern Munich were the ones who came out on top in their time with RB Salzburg. To say that they ‘came out on top’ is, of course, the biggest understatement of the year, given that they got a real beating on the Austrian side – 7-1 to be exact.
It ensured that they went through 8-2 overall and reserved their place in the competition quarterfinals in the process.
Lewandowski master class
Robert Lewandowski was, not surprisingly, on fire again last night when he scored a hat-trick – to go nicely with an assist late in the match. The Polish forward goes on to prove that he, like a good wine, only seems to get better with age. It is nights like this that prove why he is such a commodity, and prove why he is so often described as unplayable in the media and by those who play with and against him.
RB Salzburg may be kings of Austria, but this evening they were reminded of how far they still have to go at this level. They came into the second half at 1-1, knowing that a 0-0 draw would be enough to see the draw move on to extra time. It would always be easier said than done against a team of Bayern stature, yet they seemed to fold completely after the first few goals flew in.
“All or nothing” mentality
Many newspapers in the Bavarian media described this as an all-or-nothing battle for a Bayern team desperate to repeat their European success in 2020. It was not even close, in the end, and we saw why within the first half hour in Munich. They were absolutely relentless, and if they are able to lead that approach further into the quarterfinals, they can beat pretty much everyone back in the draw.