In the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16, Bayern Munich hosted Lazio at the Allianz Arena in Germany.
The Biancocelesti have been in a run of inconsistent form lately, winning two out of their last five league outings, against Sampdoria and Crotone. Their 4-1 deficit from the first leg made qualification all but a pipe dream in yesterday’s match.
In the end, Lazio approached the match in a much more positive fashion than they did in Rome, but still failed to match Bayern’s level of quality and intensity and flew back to Rome after suffering a 2-1 loss.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Lazio
Coach Simone Inzaghi was not afraid to rotate the squad a little, bringing in Vedat Muriqi and Gonzalo Escalante to the starting 11.
The 44-year-old Italian coach understood that the Biancocelesti must look to play positively if they wanted to find a result, and so played in an open fashion in the first half.
Whilst defending a corner, the 26-year-old Muriqi bundled over Bayern’s Leon Goretzka in the penalty area, gifting the Bavarian side a key chance. Robert Lewandowski promptly stepped up and thrust the Bundesliga side into the lead after only 33 minutes.
Bayern Munich 2-0 Lazio
The Biancocelesti continued to fight, not wanting the 1-0 deficit to prove fatal, but their hopes were dashed when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting struck a clean chipped finish to beat Pepe Reina in the 73rd minute, making the score 6-1 on aggregate.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Lazio
Even with a 6-1 aggregate deficit, Lazio continued to push and were eventually rewarded. Andreas Pereira’s freekick was perfectly delivered to Italian veteran Marco Parolo, who kept calm and directed his header past Bayern shot-stopper Alexander Nübel.
Despite losing 6-1 to Bayern Munich across both legs, Lazio can walk away proud from this clash, knowing that the team is still growing and that they still put up a fight against one of the best clubs in world football currently.