The German international added an impressive record to his name as his side dismantled their Italian opposition.
Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich set a Champions League record on Tuesday as he notched up the most wins by a player in their first 50 matches.
The 4-1 away win for Bayern was thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane in the first half, along with an own goal from Francesco Acerbi as the visitors had a 4-0 lead with just minutes played in the second half.
Joaquin Correa managed to grab a goal back for the hosts moments later but it was all in vain as they leave themselves a huge mountain to climb in the second leg.
Kimmich the record-breaker
With the win on Tuesday, Joshua Kimmich won his 38th Champions League game out of the 50 he has played. Since his debut in the competition, Kimmich has only suffered defeat on five occasions and has found the back of the net 10 times.
38 – Following tonight’s victory against Lazio, @FCBayernEN’s Joshua #Kimmich has won 38 of his first 50 Champions League games – the most wins by a player in the first 50 appearances in the competition’s history. Winner. #LAZFCB #UCL pic.twitter.com/HrLJGfq7h4
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) February 23, 2021
His European career began in 2015 when he came off the bench against Olympiacos in a 3-0 win for his side. Shortly after, Kimmich quickly got into his stride and it was not long before he was a mainstay in the Bayern side as he helped them to reach the semi-finals twice before finally making the final last season.
Kimmich is a vital cog in the Bavarian machine however he has been limited to just 25 matches this campaign due to injury. He was not the only record-breaker on Tuesday either, Jamal Musiala became the youngest English player to score in a Champions League match as a 17-year-old.
The road ahead for Bayern
Hansi Flick’s side will return to Bundesliga duties on Saturday when they tackle Koln at the Allianz before facing off against Borussia Dortmund just a week later. Their second leg against Lazio is scheduled to take place on March 17 with the reigning champs holding a nearly unassailable lead.