It was Lazio’s first UEFA Champions League knockout game for more than 20 years. Simone Inzaghi’s team is struggling in the Serie A, still had some very good players to challenge Bayern Munich, who were playing without some of the major players and even their position is shaky in the Bundesliga. Lazio took four points from Borussia Dortmund in the group stage – their first Champions League campaign in 13 years.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, and Ciro Immobile were expected to test the reigning champions, well; things did not go according to the script – Bayern simply thrashed Lazio at Rome to bag an all-important away-win.
It was a night of landmarks.
Jamal Musiala became the youngest English goalscorer in Champions League history and Bayern Munich’s youngest goalscorer in the competition at the age of 17 years and 363 days.
Robert Lewandowski becoming the Champions League’s third top scorer of all time in their last-16 first leg, the Polish striker pouncing on a poorly judged back pass after nine minutes to steer in his 72nd goal in the competition.
In doing so, he surpassed former Real Madrid striker Raúl’s in the competition’s scoring charts to reach a total only bettered by Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with 134 goals, and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with 119.
Musiala doubled Bayern’s advantage with a well-taken strike and Leroy Sané tapped in a third before the break – it was so easy!
A Francesco Acerbi’s own goal stretched the visitors’ advantage further early in the second half, but Joaquin Correa soon pulled one back for Lazio, whose unbeaten run in the competition came crashing to an end.
It was an 18th consecutive match without defeat for Bayern in the Champions League, 17 of which have been victories.
The Big German Machine does not know how to stop when the stage is big and the kind of form they displayed in Rome – it would not surprise anyone if they lift the title this season again.