After a very emotional past week with Kylian Mbappé’s hat-trick and Paris Saint-Germain’s victory at Camp Nou and the following day Erling Braut Haaland’s double with BvB against Sévilla FC as well as Juve’s defeat at Porto, place this week for another round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. Defending champion Bayern Munich traveled to Rome to face Lazio who struggled to extricate themselves from their group, which consisted of Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Zenit Saint Petersburg. For this meeting, the two goléadors, Robert Lewandowski and Ciro Immobile were indeed starting.
But, in reality, there was no match. The Germans, struggling lately in the Bundesliga, have not really done in detail. The tone was set in the first ten minutes. Well found on the right side, Joshua Kimmich centered at the far post, but Robert Lewandowski was well marked by Francesco Acerbi (8th). But the Pole did not have time to doubt. On a terrible defensive error, the center forward erased Pepe Reina and scored in the empty goal (0-1, 9th). Patric (18th) and Luis Alberto (23rd) were trying something, but the first could not find the frame when the second fell on a good Manuel Neuer. But this Bayern is exceptional. On the left, Alphonso Davies was having fun with hooks, sending the leather to Leon Goretzka who transmitted in the axis to Jamal Musiala, who again punished Lazio (0-2, 24th). Some time before, video refereeing had come into play to verify a possible penalty, ultimately not awarded to the players of Inzaghi (19th).
Correa keeps hope alive
This score was therefore quite expensive to pay and it was not over for the first period. Well served at the penalty spot, Robert Lewandowski, a little unbalanced, tried a flat foot and found Pepe Reina (36th). But, less than ten minutes later, the defense of Lazio was still making its own and Leroy Sané was not praying to convert the offering (0-3, 42nd). Finally, at the break, the Bavarians, cold and efficient, led quite logically.
When we got back from the locker room, we said to ourselves that the ordeal was over for the Italians. Nay. Following a corner, Bayern launched a supersonic counter which saw Leroy Sané enter the box, cross at the far post and force poor Francesco Acerbi to propel the leather to the bottom of his own net (0-4, 47th). We were waiting for a ray of hope that would come. Well launched by Luis Alberto, Joaquin Correa resisted Niklas Süle before beating Neuer (1-4, 49th). At the end of the game, Lazio was pushing and exposing himself to Munich’s cons, but the score did not change. With this convincing victory, Bayern can rest easy ahead of the return leg in Germany.