'Unplayable' Bayern Munich cruises into record-breaking 19th Champions League quarterfinal
March 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi called Bayern Munich "unplayable" after his side was comfortably beaten by the German powerhouse in the Champions League on Wednesday.
(CNN)Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi called Bayern Munich "unplayable" after his side was comfortably beaten by the German powerhouse in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Italian side always faced an uphill battle after the reigning champion breezed to an emphatic 4-1 win in the first leg but Inzaghi was proud of his side's effort in the return fixture despite falling to a 2-1 defeat -- losing 6-2 on aggregate.
Some teams are unplayable: Bayern are one of them.
No club has reached the quarterfinals of the competition more frequently than Bayern Munich, with the German team having now done it 19 times.
Bayern's progress into the next round of this season's tournament was all but secured before half-time after a familiar name got himself on the scoresheet.
Robert Lewandowski struck home a penalty just after the half-hour mark to notch his 39th goal of the season in all competitions.
No player has been directly involved in more Champions League goals since the start of last season than the Polish striker -- Lewandowski has contributed 20 goals and five assists.
It was left to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to score Bayern's second but Lazio did reply with a goal of its own, with Marco Parolo heading home a consolation.
Bayern is now unbeaten in its last 19 Champions League matches.
"It would have been nice to keep a clean sheet; we haven't done that enough this season and even today, against an opponent that didn't have much to play for, we couldn't manage it," said Bayern star Joshua Kimmich.
"We wanted to show that we want to win every game.
Bayern now joins Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Manchester City and Liverpool in the draw for the next round which is set to take place on Friday.
With Bayern among the favorites to win the competition, manager Hansi Flick said his side must be fully prepared to face whatever team is next.
"If I were to name a team that I don't want to face yet, I know 100% we would draw them," Flick said.
"We want to end the season as strongly as possible, so we must be our best in the quarterfinals. "