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UCL results: Bayern, Chelsea secure vital away wins

UCL results: Bayern, Chelsea secure vital away wins
February 23
23:35 2021

Bayern Munich, reigning UEFA Champions League (UCL) winners, scored three first-half goals to demolish Lazio 4-1 in their round of 16 first leg encounter at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Tuesday night.

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The Bavarians had Robert Lewandowski to thank for the opener before others joined the party to crush their tepid hosts.

The Polish striker scored in the ninth minute, rounding the goalkeeper before tapping into an empty net for his 72nd UCL goal, taking him to third on the all-time scorers’ list behind only Lionel Messi (119) and Cristiano Ronaldo (134).

Another bit of history was made by Jamal Musiala in the 24th minute. The 17-year-old England youth international became the youngest Englishman to score in the UCL when he drilled a right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

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He is also the second youngest to score in the knockout phase of the competition — 137 days older than Barcelona and Spain’s Boja Krkic, the record holder.

Leroy Sane slot home the rebound from Kingsley Coman’s shot to hand the German club a handsome 3-0 lead at the break.

They made it four goals two minutes after the restart as Francesco Acerbi could only turn an intended Bayern pass into his own net.

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Lazio immediately pulled a goal back through Joaquin Correa as the attacking midfielder weaved past three defenders before slotting home what proved a scant consolation goal for Lazio.

…Giroud bicycle kick gives Tuchel first UCL victory at Chelsea

In the other match of the night, Olivier Giroud’s bicycle kick goal livened up a drab and tightly contested UCL encounter as Chelsea overcame rigid Atletico Madrid 1-0 at their Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.

The French striker leaped into the air to deliver the beauty of a goal in the 68th minute, handing Chelsea a precious advantage going into the second leg.

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However, the goal was only given after a three-minute VAR review for possible offside that was eventually dismissed.

Diego Simeone’s side had an attacking lineup of Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Angel Correa, and Koke but could not muster a shot on target, instead, the team failed to keep a clean sheet for the eighth consecutive match, their longest run of conceding under Diego Simeone.

RESULTS

  • Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea
  • Lazio 1-4 Bayern Munich

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