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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s 4-1 victory over Lazio

Bayern Munich continued their trek towards defending their Champions League trophy with a Round-of-16 victory over SS Lazio in Rome.

SS Lazio v Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Joaquín Correa

Lazio was bad. Mind you, they were able to exploit defensive lapses by Bayern Munich and get into dangerous situations somewhat frequently, but I’m inclined to err on the side of blaming FC Bayern than giving more credit than what’s due to Lazio. With all those chances, they only scored one goal and frankly it was gorgeous. Correa largely had an average night, but his second half goal will be a goal on the Round contender as it brought shades of the Saúl Ñíguez goal against Bayern in 2016.

Der Kaiser: Manuel Neuer

Manual Neuer made several incredible saves tonight. Frankly, it’s easy to select Neuer for Der Kaiser as the defense was largely forgetful again. Niklas Süle filled in amicably at RB but Neuer stole the show again. Apart from an incredible goal from Correa, Neuer by-and-large kept Lazio at bay. Another elite performance by Der Kapitän to maintain his hold as the worlds No. 1 goalkeeper.

Fußballgott: Joshua Kimmich

What else is there to say? Another workhorse performance and, boy, was Kimmich happy to have Leon Goretzka back.

Kimmich was back to his world’s best form this match, completely bossing around the SS Lazio midfield. While Lazio was able to make advances offensively due to defensive lapses of FC Bayern, Kimmich often found himself in the right spot to stymie the advance and regain possession. Kimmich’s performance is another example why he is viewed as the best midfielder in the world at the moment.

Der Bomber: Jamal Musiala

Hansi Flick took a risk with the 17-year-old and it paid off. Musiala became FC Bayern’s youngest ever scorer in the Champions League. He was everything Flick could’ve asked for in a No. 10. Intelligent in his movement with being in the right spot at the right time. Toss in that he didn’t make any noticeable mistakes and that is a clear success story for Musiala. Take. A. Bow.

Congrats, Jamal!

Meister of the Match: Leroy Sané

Leroy Sané, have a match! The much maligned German international silenced his critics this match with a one goal performance against SS Lazio. While his goal was simply being in the right place at the right time, I am in full confidence giving Sané credit for the Lazio own goal, as that was an opportunity solely created by Sané himself.

Sané was an offensive menace this game. While he still needs considerable work to improve his pressing and defensive game, Sané was brilliant in the attack and absolutely deserved the Meister of the Match tonight.

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