Champions League holders, Bayern Munich thrashed Lazio 4-1 in Italy on Tuesday to erase the memory of their poor domestic form. The win takes the Bavarians one step closer to the quarter finals.
Robert Lewandowski scored the first goal for Bayern before 17-year old Jamal Musiala scored his first champions league goal in his fourth appearance in the competition.
Musiala, who turns 18 on Friday, became the youngest English goal scorer in Champions League history.
Leroy Sane struck to give the European Champions their third goal before going into the break at the Stadio Olimpico.
Few minutes after the break, Francesco Acerbi scored an own goal to give Bayern their fourth goal.
However, Joaquin Correa scored a consolation goal early in the second half to give the score line some respectability for Lazio.
“We are a huge step closer to the quarter-finals,” Bayern coach, Hansi Flick told Sky.
“We were aggressive from the start and went full throttle,” Bayern midfielder, Leon Goretzka said after his first appearance since testing positive for Covid-19.
“I am happy to have played in such an awesome game after a difficult few weeks.
“That was important after we had often been caught napping, in recent games. Things worked well, that was a first good step.”
Simone Inzaghi’s men will need a miracle in the second leg in Munich on March 17 to reach the last eight.
“Bayern are the world champions. They definitely did not need our mistakes to make it even easier for them”, said Inzaghi.
Flick started Musiala in place of Thomas Mueller which seemed to be a big surprise for the fans. But the reason was because the German striker tested positive to Covid-19 in the past week.
The Guardian reported that Benjamin Pavard was also out of the lineup because of coronavirus, and the likes of Corentin Tolisso and Serge Gnabry were both missing after having a thigh injury.
Lewandowski opener meant he had scored his 72nd Champions League goal, which takes him to third spot on the all-time highest goal scorers chart, just ahead of real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez.
The European club champions are now unbeaten in their last 18 Champions League games, with just a 1-1 group stage draw against Atletico Madrid stopping them from having a perfect run.