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Leon Goretzka is hopeful that his Bayern Munich teammate Jamal Musiala will commit his international future with Germany after the midfielder’s latest flashy display.
Musiala marked his second Champions League start with a long-distance goal in Bayern’s emphatic 4-1 win over Lazio in the second leg of the round of 16 on Tuesday.
At 17 years and 363 days old, he is the youngest Englishman to score in the competition and the second youngest player to score in the round of 16 after Bojan in 2007-08.
However, despite representing England twice at the under-21 level, reports suggest the youngster plans to pledge allegiance to Germany at the senior level.
When asked about Musiala’s international future after Bayern’s victory at the Stadio Olimpico, Goretzka, of 29 international matches, told Sky Sport Germany: “I hope you choose Germany!”
Having already become the youngest goalscorer in Bayern’s Bundesliga in September, Musiala now also tops the same list in the Champions League with his fourth goal for the club.
The Stuttgart-born prodigy scored from his only shot against Lazio and Goretzka was impressed by what he saw.
17 – Jamal Musiala is the second youngest player to score in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, after Bojan (17 years 217 days), who scored against Schalke in the quarter-finals in 2007-08. Flourishing. https://t.co/yTSsq2h2IH
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“I was very happy to play from the beginning,” he said. “We tried to make him play freely and not worry too much. Joshua [Kimmich] and I protected his back and he did well. “
Musiala’s goal came after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern with his 72nd goal in the Champions League.
That put the prolific striker ahead of Real Madrid’s great Raúl on the competition’s all-time goal scorers list and behind only Lionel Messi (119) and Cristiano Ronaldo (134).
Leroy Sane then added a third and played a key role in Bayern’s fourth, which was turned into his own goal by Francesco Acerbi, before Joaquín Correa retired one.
German winger Sane played more key passes (two) than any Bayern player and also played the most duels (17) of any player on the pitch.
It’s the third game in a row that Sane has been directly involved in a goal and he’s happy to have his feet back after a big money move from Manchester City last year.
“I’m an attacking player and I want to push forward from the beginning,” he said. “I want to help the team. Today I think I did quite well, but I don’t get carried away.
“We were there from minute one. Hansi [Flick] and the coaching staff pointed out to us before the game that Lazio would make mistakes if you push them. That worked right away. “
With his last goal, Sane has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 10 Champions League appearances – seven goals and three assists.