Robert Lewandowski made certain it was a cushty night for Bayern Munich because the defending champion eased into the Champions League quarterfinals.
Lewandowski netted within the first half to finish Lazio’s slim hopes of a comeback as Bayern beat the Italian membership 2-1 at house Wednesday to seal a 6-2 aggregate win.
That meant 4 German coaches within the final eight as Bayern’s Hansi Flick joined Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund’s Edin Terzic.
Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead from the penalty spot within the thirty third minute for his thirty ninth aim in all competitions this season, and his tenth in seven video games. Lewandowski calmly despatched his former Bayern teammate Pepe Reina the flawed manner after Lazio’s Vedat Muriqi was judged to have held Leon Goretzka as they jostled for place at a nook.
Lewandowski had the possibility to reach 40 objectives however the Polish striker hit the publish with a low drive from outdoors the penalty space.
Choupo-Moting got here off the bench to change Lewandowski and shortly scored Bayern’s second off a defense-splitting move from David Alaba within the 73rd, chipping the ball over Reina.
“Lazio will not be a foul group so we took them very critically from the primary minute,” Choupo-Moting advised broadcaster Sky. “I felt instantly that I had the area. It was a brilliant move from David.”
The recreation was lengthy since out of Lazio’s reach when Marco Parolo headed in a free kick within the 82nd. That marked Bayern’s seventh recreation in a row conceding no less than one aim.
“The assault could be very robust and we play with loads of danger, we all know that,” Flick advised broadcaster Sky. “It’s vital for us to hold enjoying like this and defend from the entrance to put our opponents below stress.”
Flick added that he held talks Wednesday with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic following studies in German media of a rift between the 2 over switch coverage.
Bayern has reached no less than the quarterfinals in 9 of its final 10 Champions League campaigns, with the only miss coming with a 3-1 aggregate loss to Liverpool within the final 16 in 2019.
Bayern coach Flick opted not to danger goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who has a chilly, or ahead Kingsley Coman, who has a minor muscle downside. Neuer’s stand-in Alexander Nübel acquitted himself properly in stopping a tame header from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic early on, in a uncommon flicker of ambition for Lazio earlier than the penalty put the sport out of the Italian membership’s reach. He may do little about Parolo’s late header after poor marking by the Bayern protection.
In Wednesday’s different recreation, Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at house to full a 3-0 aggregate win.