Bayern Munich overturns 1-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate Lazio

German giants advance to quarterfinals on back of 3-0 victory powered by Harry Kane brace

England striker Harry Kane has 6 goals and along with Kylian Mbappe leads all scorers in the UEFA Champions League.
England striker Harry Kane has 6 goals and along with Kylian Mbappe leads all scorers in the UEFA Champions League. / Christina Pahnke - sampics/GettyImages

Bayern Munich turned in a poor performance in the first leg against Lazio. And with things not going their way in the Bundesliga, that 1-0 loss to Lazio suggested the Bavarians could end the season without winning any title.

For its part, Lazio arrived in Munich savoring its 1-0 advantage – provided by captain Ciro Immobile from the penalty – eager to play on the front foot as coach Maurizio Sarri said they would. Sarri challenged his men to demonstrate more personality than in recent games.

In any case, the match started as expected, with the home team pressing high to keep the Italians in their defensive half of the field.

Early on, the Biancocelesti managed to evade this pressing thanks to quick and clean triangulations. In particular, Matteo Guendouzi and Felipe Anderson made themselves appreciated.

After an initial chance from Bayern's talented Jamal Musiala, England captain Harry Kane made himself truly dangerous with a powerful shot that was deflected into a corner by defender Mario Gila who prevented his team from going behind.

The match then became a tactical stalemate for about 10 minutes.

In the 37th minute, Lazio created a good scoring chance. Winger Mattia Zaccagni sent a cross into the penalty area where it was deflected by Matthijs de Ligt, bouncing to Immobile who wasted the opportunity.

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Ciro Immobile laments missing a great scoring opportunity in the first half. / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/GettyImages

A minute later, Bayern Munich took the lead from a header by Harry Kane.

The Biancocelesti suffered the effect of the goal as they began to lower their center of gravity too much, allowing their opponents to advance dangerously and flow into their penalty area.

Then came Bayern Munich's second goal, developing from a corner kick. Thomas Muller, standing close to keeper Ivan Provedel, redirected a shot by De Ligt.

The first half ended with Lazio down 2-0 and facing a team demonstrating great offensive incisiveness.

The Lazio players should have dared more in the second half now down 2-1 on aggregate, especially considering the greater technical and collective value of the German team.

At the end of the first hour of play, Sarri replaced Mathias Vecino and Ciro Immobile, both inconclusive in terms of what they showed.

The hosts managed the pace of the match by preferring a calm game which favored their style of play.

The third goal came in the 66th minute and it was Kane again, this time from point-blank range, poking home a rebound rebound from a Leroy Sané shot.

Muller came close to making it 4-0, hitting the post after a beautiful pass from Musiala, author of a truly authoritative second half.

The Biancocelesti appeared to give up, managing just one dangerous chance, a shot from their most technical player, Luis Alberto.

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The rest of the match was purely managed by Thomas Tuchel's men as Bayern controlled possession without risking anything until the final whistle.