A couple more UEFA Champions League last 16 first legs took place on Tuesday evening.
In the most exciting tie of the night, Serie A side Lazio played host to the current holders, Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
While we spent late 2020 using booty bands, these two sides were cementing their places in the UCL knockout stages.
The Italians finished second in Group F on 10 points. Simone Inzaghi’s side lost out on top spot to Borussia Dortmund by two points.
Lazio withstood a tough challenge from Club Brugge for qualification, while Russia side Zenit St Petersburg provided little threat, only picking up one point from their six group games.
Bayern eased into the last 16 picking up five wins and one draw to qualify top of Group A.
The holders haven’t lost a UEFA Champions League match in nearly two years.
Liverpool were the last team to beat Bayern and that was in the second leg of their 2018/19 round of 16 tie.
Lazio 1 – 4 Bayern Munich
The German champions have one foot in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals after thrashing Lazio away from home.
Bayern got off to a fast start and took the lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
Robert Lewandowski capitalized on an under hit back pass before rounding the keeper and slotting home the first goal of the match.
Jamal Musiala got himself on the scoresheet after 24 minutes.
The 17-year-old latched on to a pass from Joaquín Correa before driving the ball home from just outside the area.
A dream moment for the teenager.
On the brink of half-time Leroy Sane put the game to bed.
The former Manchester City winger pounced after Lazio ‘keeper Pepe Reina parried a shot directly into his path. Bayern headed into half-time with a massive lead.
Two minutes into the second half the game and tie appeared to be over. Sane was again involved.
The German international crossed in from the left side and the ball was deflected into the net by Lazio defender, Francesco Acerbi.
A couple minutes later Lazio got themselves a goal and a potential lifeline.
Joaquín Correa scored perhaps the best goal of the game when he dribbled through several Bayern defenders before poking home to make it 1-4.
After 49 minutes the goals dried up.
Lazio now have a mountain to climb when they travel away for the second leg of this UEFA Champion League last 16 tie.
Bayern will be confident they have done enough to continue their defence of the title they won last season.
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