The Bayern Munich striker took advantage of a poor back pass from Mateo Musacchio to round Pepe Reina to give his side an early lead.
With his goal against Lazio on Tuesday night, Robert Lewandowski moved up to third in the top scorer charts for the Champions League, overtaking legend Raul.
72 – Robert Lewandowski has scored 72 UEFA Champions League goals, overtaking Raúl to go outright third behind Cristiano Ronaldo (134) and Lionel Messi (119). Predator. pic.twitter.com/cz9w0aKNo3
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With just nine minutes played in the first half, Lewandowski pounced on a poor pass from the Lazio defender and rounded Reina in the Lazio goal, and rolled the ball into the empty net as Bayern seized Early control in the contest.
Lewandowski now third all-time in goals scored
His ninth-minute strike was his 72nd goal in the competition as he moved above Real Madrid icon, Raul. As it stands, only Cristiano Ronaldo (134) and Leo Messi (119) are above the Polish hitman in goals scored in Europe’s premier club competition.
Young star also sets record on an historic night for Bayern
When Jamal Musiala scored to give Bayern a 2-0 just 15 minutes after Lewandowski had put them ahead, the 17-year-old become the youngest English player to score in the Champions League. Having joined from Chelsea’s academy in 2019, Musiala has been on a meteoric rise since and capped off his start with a well-taken goal.
Musiala is also now the second-youngest player to score in the knockout stages of the Champions League, with former Barcelona star Bojan the current record holder.
The tie was effectively over at halftime as Bayern raced out to a 3-0 lead after Leroy Sane was jogging on the spot to score the easiest of tap-ins after Kingsley Coman led the Lazio defense on a merry dance with the rebound falling to the winger who lashed home from close range.
Joaquin Correa managed to grab a goal back but Bayern will head into their second leg with a monumental advantage as they are odds on to progress to the next round.