ROME: Holders Bayern Munich took a decisive step towards the Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-1 win over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The hosts’ sloppy defending handed Bayern three first half goals.
It all started when Mateo Musacchio’s careless pass back to Pepe Reina ended up at Robert Lewandowski, who opened the scoring after just nine minutes and became the Champions League’s all-time third top goalscorer.
Lewandowski’s 72nd goal in the competition lifted him past old Real Madrid hero Raúl González to make him third-top scorer behind Leo Messi (119) and Cristiano Ronaldo (134).
Jamal Musiala then made some history of his own as he became the youngest ever English scorer when his long-range shot from the edge of the box doubled the visitors’ lead on 24 minutes.
Lazio lost possession in midfield again and the ball was picked up by Kingsley Coman whose blocked shot led to an unmarked Leroy Sane making it 3-0 three minutes before half-time.
The Serie A giants’ woes continued in the second half just two minutes after the referee’s whistle when Sane’s pass to Lewandowski inside the box deflected on Francesco Acerbi who accidentally got an own goal.
Lazio pulled themselves together shortly after and got a beautiful goal by Joaquin Correa, who danced around Bayern’s defence before beating Manuel Neuer after 49 minutes.
But But Simone Inzaghi’s men could not capitalise on their late surge.
Chelsea in charge
Olivier Giroud produced another Champions League special to hand Chelsea the advantage in their last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid after a 1-0 first-leg win in Bucharest.
The Blues forward grabbed his sixth goal in the competition this season with an overhead kick in the 68th minute but it was only awarded after a lengthy VAR review.
Victory was thoroughly deserved for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who dominated for large parts and extended their unbeaten run under the German to eight games since his arrival on January 26.
A negative was bookings for Mason Mount and Jorginho, which rules them out of the second leg, but Atletico boss Diego Simeone knows his team will need to score at least twice next month to go through in normal time.
The England international had lasted only 31 minutes following his half-time introduction at Southampton on Saturday, but manager Tuchel played the youngster at right wing-back.
Chelsea’s night started on a poor note when inside 60 seconds Mount was booked for a foul on Joao Felix, meaning he will be suspended for the second leg at Stamford Bridge next month.
Jorginho became the second Chelsea player to be ruled out of the second leg in the 64th minute when he brought down Joao Felix, but four minutes later the away side were able to break the deadlock in style.