Lewandowski leads Bayern into Champions League quarterfinals

Sports Desk, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Robert Lewandowski scored his 39th goal of the season in all competitions Wednesday as Bayern Munich edged Lazio 2-1 to win their Champions League knockout stage tie 6-2 on aggregate.

The holders played without starting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was suffering with a cold, while Lazio left top striker Ciro Immobile on the bench.

Embarrassed 1-4 at home in the first leg, Lazio were much better at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Joaquin Correa created a chance for the visitors in the 9th minute before Leroy Sane fired wide on Bayern’s first threat in the 13th.

Two minutes later, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic sent a header toward goal, but Lucas Hernandez managed to get enough of the ball to take some pace off the shot and backup keeper Alexander Nübel made a comfortable save.

The match was still scoreless at the half-hour mark when Lazio’s Vedat Muriqui fouled Leon Goretzka in the box in plain view of referee Istvan Kovacs, who immediately pointed to the spot.

Keeper Pepe Reina guessed wrong and Lewandowski converted.

Only the post stopped the Polish international from getting a second goal in the 66th minute, five minutes before Bayern coach Hansi Flick replaced Lewandowski with Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting, who scored in the 73rd minute to make it 2-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

Marco Parolo clawed back a goal for Lazio in the 81st, heading in a free kick.

Reina made a good stop to thwart Serge Gnabry in the final minute of regulation. EFE rz/dr

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