Champions League

Bayern flex their muscles in Lazio rout

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Bayern Munich has dismantled a poor Lazio side 4-1 behind a dominating first half. Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala, and Leroy Sane sent the holders on their way as they were never really threatened by a Lazio side that was out of their depth.

For Bayern, Leon Goretzka returned to the starting side, while Niklas Sule was deployed on the right side of the defense, and youngster Jamal Musiala was handed a starting birth.

Bayern started the match on the front foot, controlling possession and putting Lazio under pressure, and my word their work rate was a sight to behold. It only took seven minutes for the pressure to pay off after a poor back pass from Mateo Musacchio allowed Robert Lewandowski to pounce. The Polish international zipped in to intercept the ball, then proceeded to go around Pepe Reina in the Lazio goal to give Bayern the lead.

Complete dominance from the holders

It was complete and utter domination from the visitors as they hounded Lazio into mistake after mistake. The hosts slowly grew into the game but just as they looked to be settling, Bayern was in again. After great build-up play from Alphonso Davies and Leon Goretzka who then produced a glorious flick to find Jamal Musiala on the edge of the box. The 17-year-old took a touch and fired his shot into the bottom corner to give Bayern a 2-0 lead.

Lazio was stunned, it was a mismatch as every time Bayern ventured forward it felt like they could score at will. Simeon Inzaghi made a change on the half-hour mark with Musacchio coming off and being replaced by Senad Lulic.

Despite being 2-0 down Lazio still pushed forward looking for a goal that would get them back into the game, however, just before halftime, Bayern essentially ended the match as a contest. A great run by Kingsley Coman who drove into the box cut back inside and fired his shot at goal. The rebound fell to Leroy Sane who coolly slotted home as Bayern took a commanding 3-0 lead into halftime.

Bayern came out in the same manner and was on the front foot from the off. Just minutes into the half, they had their fourth. From a Lazio corner, Bayern countered with blistering pace after Coman found Sane who drove into the penalty box and looked to square the ball for Davies however Francesco Acerbi put the ball into his own net as the holders went 4-0 up.

Tie effectively over

That was essentially the tie over, but Lazio continued to press forward and their efforts were rewarded just minutes later. After some neat build-up play, Joaquin Correa danced his way into the Bayern box and slotted home his shot as the deficit was reduced to three goals.

The second half never really hit the heights of the first as Bayern was content to control the match and slow it down as Lazio wanted to continue and press on. Hansi Flick’s side remained untroubled for the rest of the half as they looked to see out the match.

It was a dominant performance from the holders as they have all but wrapped up the tie and look odds on favourites to progress to the next round. If there were any doubters that Bayern was perhaps not the force they once were, in just 46 minutes those doubts were well and truly put to bed.

Bayern tonight was simply incredible, and they will look forward to the second leg at the Allianz with the utmost confidence. Bayern on the biggest stage yet again showed they are still a force in world football.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.