(EFE) – Bayern Munich crushed Lazio 4-1 in the Roman Olympic stadium, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, and returned in a steamroller plan to the maximum continental competition, which they face as current champions and wanting to go for more.
The goals of the Polish Robert Lewandowski, the Englishman Jamal Musiala, the youngest scorer in the history of Bayern Munich in the Champions League at 17 years and 363 days, the German Leroy Sané and a goal against Francesco Acerbi left the pass to Hansi Flick men’s quarterfinals.
There were hardly any options for Lazio, whose only goal came 0-4 in the light after just fifty minutes, the work of a combination between the Spanish Luis Alberto and the Argentine Joaquín Correa.
The great European nights woke up Bayern after the last setbacks seen in the Bundesliga against Arminia Bielefeld (3-3) and Eintracht Frankfurt (1-2), mainly the result of the hangover of the Club World Cup won in Qatar, and in the Roman Olympian the men of Hansi Flick showed, without increasing the rhythms, their enormous power.
They imposed their superior European record, with six European Cups, from the first minute and locked up Lazio in his half of the field that was returning at this point from the Champions League 20 years later (second absolute time) and who paid for his lack of experience .
Despite arriving in Rome with just 17 players and with illustrious casualties such as the Germans Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, the French Corentin Tolisso or the Brazilian Douglas Costa, the current European champion was dominant and obtained a triple advantage before the break.
In the 9th, he took advantage of a gift from the Argentine Mateo Musacchio, who missed a defensive pass to the Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, to go ahead with Lewandowski and extended distances in the 23rd from Musiala, with a goal that converted him at 17 years and 363 days in the youngest scorer in the history of Bayern in the Champions League, after being also in the Bundesliga, snatching that brand from Paraguayan Roque Santa Cruz.
On the brink of halftime, after a good save by Reina, a former Bayern player, at Lewandowski’s shot, Sané signed at pleasure after a rejection by the Lazio goalkeeper the 3-0 goal that put the tie on track.
A goal against Francesco Acerbi in the first minute of the restart seemed to definitively open the way for another tremendous win, already seen last year with 8-2 against Barcelona, but Lazio managed to contain the setback with 1-4 by Correa.
The “Tucu” took advantage of an assist from Luis Alberto to delve into the area and beat German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
It was the 1-4 that qualified the reverse of the men of Simone Inzaghi, against a Bayern that limited itself in managing the rhythms until the end and that took Munich a result that allows them to put a foot and a half in the quarterfinals.