Lazio waited 21 years to reach the Champions League knockout stages after their last visit ended in ignominious defeat … for the pleasure of another ignominious defeat.
Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala Leroy Sane and an own goal by Francesco Acerbi put Bayern 4-0 up, and though Joaquin Correa nabbed a goal back, the tie is over and both sides know it.
It was clear from the off that Lazio were petrified of the defending champions, and a mistake by Mateo Mussachio, whose dreadful backpass fed Lewandowski, led to them falling behind after nine minutes.
Gradually, they inched their way into the game and caused Bayern a few problems at the back – they ought to have had e penalty but on 24 minutes a terrific finish from Musiala effectively ended the contest.
But Bayern were not done, Sane adding a third before half-time, and the only question was how much more embarrassing things could get.
“A lot” was the answer, Acerbi notching a dreadfully hilarious and hilariously dreadful own-goal sliding in to knock Sane’s cross past Pepe Reina, and at that point the potential scale of the humiliation looked terrifying.
But Correa quickly nicked a goal back, after which Bayern more or less declared, keeping it sporting – but they look extremely menacing, and can play much much better than they did tonight.
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It will take a serious effort to relieve the defending champions of the their trophy.