Champions League: Bayern Munich Cruise Easily Into Last-16
Holders Bayern Munich cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals as a 2-1 win over Lazio in Wednesday’s last-16 second leg sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory.
Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty before a deft chip from his second-half replacement Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled the advantage on the night.
Lewandowski’s goal – a 13th from the spot in the Champions League – meant Lewandowski has been directly involved in more goals in the competition than any other player – with 20 goals and five assists – since the start of last season.
Lazio, who fell to a 4-1 defeat in the first leg in Rome, were much better in the second half – Parolo heading in an inch-perfect free-kick delivery for the goal, before Joaquin Correa was inches away from equalising when he slid in at the near post.
But Bayern, who dominated possession, could have made it 3-1 on the night when Leroy Sane fooled the defence with a lovely threaded pass for Serge Gnabry, only for him to drag the shot wide.
Defending champions Bayern are now unbeaten in their past 31 home matches in all competitions and will find out their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw.
Their passage into the last eight takes Bayern past Barcelona’s tally of 18 Champions League quarterfinal appearances since the competition was rebranded from the European Cup.