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Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich beat Lazio 4-1 at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night to take a valuable lead in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Bayern found the first goal after just nine minutes when Robert Lewandowski latched on to an unfortunate back pass from Mateo Musacchio to coldly circle Pepe Reina and knock.
Despite Lazio regaining his composure, the Bavarians showed their ruthless streak and doubled their lead in the 24th minute when Jamal Musiala beautifully controlled Leon Goretzka’s pass and slipped the ball effortlessly into the bottom corner. Bayern made it 3-0 shortly after when Leroy Sane scored an empty goal after a good job by Kingsley Coman.
The visitors made it four within two minutes of the restart. Coman mounted a devastating counterattack with a perfectly weighted ball to Sane, who opened space with brilliant feet and finally saw his cross converted by Francesco Acerbi for an own goal.
Lazio responded well and pulled one back in the 50th minute when Joaquín Correa made his way into the Bayern area with virtually no opposition and pushed the ball to Manuel Neuer. However, that was the last of the scoring, as neither team could find a sixth place in the match.
Now, let’s go to the Bayern Munich player ratings.
Manuel Neuer (GK) – 6/10 – He very rarely has problems, making only a few stops that you would expect him to make. He had little chance with Lazio’s goal, having been let down by his defenders.
Niklas Sule (RB) – 8/10 – Okay, who are you and what have you done with Niklas Sule? The big man showed great threat in the first half, entering the area with beautiful feet and even showed off with a ‘Ronaldo chop’. He was also competent on defense, making four ball recoveries and four punts.
Jerome Boateng (CB) – 7/10 – Very lucky to not have had a penalty against him, but he did well to make some key tackles and clearances in the area.
David Alaba (CB) – 7/10 – He defended solidly throughout, recovering four balls, but was probably the most to blame for Lazio’s goal, having been too weak in the challenge.
Alphonso Davies (LB) – 8/10 – He did very well in preparation for the second goal, propelling his team forward and getting the assist for the assist. He also showed his usual tenacity in backing down, making four tackles.
Joshua Kimmich (CM) – 10/7 – Quietly, he kept his flank running with his usual forms of influence, maintaining 93% passing accuracy and making five interceptions.
Leon Goretzka (CM) – 8/10 – A true powerhouse in midfield, putting on and racking up five interceptions. He also grabbed the assist for Bayern’s second with a beautiful push to Musiala.
Jamal Musiala (AM) – 10/7 – The 17-year-old became the youngest goalscorer in the Bayern Champions League with a beautifully controlled shot and overall, he showed true flashes of quality, carrying the ball forward with great grace at times.
Leroy Sané (RW) – 8/10 – Very bright all night and threatened when picking up the ball. He managed to get on the score sheet with the simplest of endings just before half-time and forced an own goal for the fourth.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 7/10 – It was too difficult for Lazio’s bottom line to handle. Perhaps he should have taken more advantage of the opportunities presented to him, but he reacted very well to a sloppy backward pass to snatch the opener and score his 34th. goal of the season.
Kingsley Coman (LW) – 7/10 – A little quiet, but had electrical spells throughout. He created the third with raw rhythm and power and began the counterattack that took him to the fourth with a beautiful ball to free Sane.
Javi Martínez (CM) – 6/10
Lucas Hernández (LB) – 6/10
Bruno Sarr (RB) – N / A
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (AM) – N / A