BAYERN are in the driving seat as they welcome Lazio for the second leg of their Champions League clash.
The Bundesliga champions are 4-1 up on aggregate and will expect smooth passage into the last-eight tonight.
- Kick-off time: 8pm GMT
- TV channel: BT Sport 3
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- Nyle Smith
I’m sure you guessed correctly after reading the title because there can only be one man and one goal machine – Robert ‘LewanGOALski’.
The Pole has scored 37 goals in 35 appearances so far this season with four of them coming in the Champions League.
Lewandowski has already surpassed 30 goals in the Bundesliga at this stage of the 2020/21 campaign and he has done it in only 23 appearances averaging 1.43 goals per 90 minutes.
This has put the 32-year-old top of the scoring charts, miles ahead of the rest in the German first division and his strike against Werder Bremen on the weekend put the Bavarian striker joint second in the all-time Bundesliga scorers list with 268 goals in only 344 appearances.
Lastly, Lewandowski’s goal in the first leg against Lazio was his 72nd Champions League goal moving him up to 3rd in the all-time top goal-scorers charts above Raul (71) but way behind Lionel Messi (119) and Cristiano Ronaldo (134).
This man just loves breaking records.
- Nyle Smith
Bayern’s current Champions League form is phenomenal but that is expected. The reigning champions are undefeated in six games, winning five of those and scoring 18 goals in that time.
As for Lazio they the draw merchants having drew four out of their previous six in the competition which helped them to scrape through to this stage but nothing other than a win will help them progress to the quarter-finals.
This is going to be the Eagles' toughest challenge yet.
- Nyle Smith
Bayern Munich stormed to a rampant 4-1 victory in the first leg against Lazio back in February but the headlines were stolen by Jamal Musiala who became the youngest English scorer in the Champions League.
The kid achieved this at 17!
But it was Bayern’s goal machine Robert Lewandowski who broke the deadlock inside the ten minute mark.
Lazio central defender Mateo Musacchio’s poor back pass was pounced on by the Pole who then slipped it round the goalkeeper and tucked it home into an empty net.
And then shortly after came Musiala’s time to shine when the youngster rewarded some good build up play with a low driven shot leaving Pepe Reina with no chance in the Lazio goal.
The visitors dominated on all aspects of the pitch in typical Bayern Munich style and Leroy Sane made it three just before half-time when he was quickest to poke home the rebound of a Kingsley Coman saved effort.
Only 45 minutes into the tie and many had already written off Simone Inzaghi’s team but more commissary was piled onto them when Francesco Acerbi was forced into scoring an own goal by a nightmare Sane cross.
Lazio did steal a constellation goal through Joaquin Correa minutes later due to some sloppy defending from the Bavarians, but Hansi Flick won’t be too worried about that after seeing his team strike four times away from home.
- Nyle Smith
ALLIANZ ARENA AWAITS
What a city and what a stadium.
Bayern Munich’s home ground is made for nights like this.
- Nyle Smith
Welcome my SunSport family, welcome. If you’ve not had the best of days today believe me, it’s about to get better.
How you ask? Because it’s approaching Wednesday night which can only mean one thing.. THE CHAMPIOOOONSSSSS! *attempts to sing the Champions League theme tune*.
That’s right, we have some Champions League action coming up people.
This blog features Lazio who travel to Germany where they’ll be facing an up-hill battle against current holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
After cruising to a 4-1 victory in the first leg, the six times Champions League winners firmly have one foot in the quarter-finals.
And if that wasn’t enough, Bayern’s confidence will be through the roof because after a shaky start to the campaign, they opened up the gap to four points at the summit of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Werder Bremen on the weekend.
As for the Italian outfit, they snatched three points from Crotone in a five-goal thriller last Friday but Simone Inzaghi’s men are six points off the top four in Serie A so there is still work to do if they want to qualify for the CL again in the 2021/22 season.
Lazio have a real task on their hands today because no side has ever progressed through a knock-out tie after losing the first leg by more than three goals in the history of the competition.
It would take an absolute miracle for The Eagles to overturn this deficit, but this is the Champions League, a tournament which has conjured up some monumental moments over the years.
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