Initial reactions and observations
- It was a quiet night in Munich — and that is alright. Bayern did not need to be flashy or do anything special to get the team over the line and into the quarterfinals. The Bavarians quietly did their business and put themselves through.
- Lewandowski is still hungry. Normally two goals in two matches would be enough, but Lewandowski always wants more. After scoring from the spot in the first half, Lewy had a shot from short distance saved and another one hit off the post.
- Nubel was not tested enough to make a judgement. Before their goal, Lazio didn’t threaten Nubel much. He was called out of goal on a counterattack and made a good save — which was later negated by an offsides call.
- Fans are still missed. This would have been a fun game at a packed house in Munich. It is always a great sight to see a packed supporters’ section celebrating a Champions League win. I cannot wait to see fans pack the Allianz Arena — when it is safe of course.
Final: Bayern 2-1 Lazio
90’ — The fourth official indicates four minutes of stoppage time.
82’ — Goal, Lazio. Marco Parolo
77’ — Bayern substitution. Javi MArtinez comes on for Kimmich
73’— GOAL!! Bayern. Choupo-Moting doubles Bayern’s lead
71’— Bayern double substitution. Jamal Musiala and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting come on for Lewandowski and Müller.
67’— Hungry Lewandowski hits the post for the fourth time in two games, dating back to Saturday’s match.
64’ — Bayern Substitution: Alphonso Davies comes on for Leon Goretzka.
49’ — Bayern Yellow card. Leon Goretzka for a tactical foul.
46’— The second half begins with substitutions on both sides.
Niklas Sule is on for Jerome Boateng for Bayern.
Lulic replaces Faras for Lazio
Halftime observations and analysis
- Lazio shoots themselves in the foot again. After starting with a great intensity, a costly mistake led to Bayern’s first goal – as was the case throughout the first leg in Rome. Frustration in the Lazio side is showing, as they are now up to three yellow cards.
- Hansi Flick shows why he is a great coach. Bayern didn’t come out as strong as we have seen in the past, and the displeasure showed on Flick’s face. Even up 4-1 on aggregate, Flick wanted to see a better performance from his team.
- Robert Lewandowski is the best scorer in the world right now. That is all.
- Although it is just 1-0 tonight, Bayern have all but put this tie to bed. With the large aggregate lead, the rain falling hard, and the game becoming chippy, Flick should look to make all five subs to avoid injuries.
Halftime — Bayern 1-0 Lazio
33’— GOAL!! Robert Lewandowski converts the penalty kick!
31’— Goretzka is taken down in the box on a corner kick. VAR is reviewing.
21’— Both teams have had half chances, but nothing more.
Kickoff — The ball is rolling in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Alphonso Davies is rested with Lucas Hernandez getting a chance at left-back. Thomas Muller takes the armband in Manuel Neuer’s absence.
It’s Champions League time! Bayern Munich come into the second leg of their Round of 16 tie against Lazio with a respectable 4-1 lead. Hansi Flick will be without captain Manuel Neuer for this game, which means that backup keeper Alexander Nubel will get his first chance to start in 2021.
Is the comeback on for Lazio? Hopefully not. Bayern’s defense has been bad this season, but you hope that a team with Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski up top will be able to make it to the next round after a 4-1 win in the first leg. We don’t expect expect a clean sheet for poor Nubel, but hopefully it won’t be a disaster.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 3:00 pm EST
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