The new recital of Lewandowski and Bayern Munich facilitated by the apathy of the Roman defense: find the tops and flops after the victory of Bayern in Rome, against Lazio (1-4).
Lewandowski a little more in the story
Insatiable, Robert Lewandowski only needed nine minutes to open the scoring in Stadio Olimpico (1-4). A number as a symbol for the best center-forward in the world at present (32 goals in 31 matches), and now the third-highest scorer in the history of the Champions League, overtaking Raul with his 72nd goal. His overflowing activity on the front of the attack deserved to be rewarded with another goal, but Reina interposed twice (35th, 79th). This did not prevent him from being elected man of the match.
Musiala, a nice birthday present
A surprise holder at the post of playmaker, the nugget Jamal Musiala has written his name in the history books by scoring Bayern’s second goal with a clinical strike from the halfpipe (24th). This is how the Briton, aged 17, 363 days, became Bayern’s youngest goalscorer in the Champions League, and the second youngest player to score in the knockout stage. Very voluntary and available at the heart of the game, the international English hopefuls (2 caps, 1 goal) leaned a lot to the right over the course of the match before gradually disappearing from the discussions until his exit at the end of the match. But with this goal, the one who will celebrate his 18th birthday in three days has given himself a nice birthday present in advance.
Enterprising and … surprising
Niklas Süle did not leave with the favor of the forecasts to be aligned on the right after his disappointing match in Frankfurt on Saturday (2-1). Still, it was Hansi Flick’s choice. Choice paying in view of the performance of the German defender. Palliating the package of Benjamin Pavard, positive for Covid-19, this central defender by training was bluffing throughout the meeting. To his obvious defensive impact was added an unsuspected technical quality, seen from his first climb, setting the tone for his meeting (6th). Hyperactive on his right side, where he multiplied the big bridges (30th, 79th), the German international (29 caps, 1 goal) touched 95 balls, more than all his midfielders and attackers. He continued his efforts to the end, pushing Senad Lulic to fault in added time (90th + 2).
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The ordeal of the defense of Lazio
A shipwreck. This is how to sum up the performance of the three central defenders aligned from the start by Simone Inzaghi. Guilty designated after his insecure withdrawal pass, Matteo Musacchio, defector from Milan this winter (4th game with Lazio) was released after half an hour of play. His friends were not more successful since on his side , Francesco Acerbi, swept by Kingsley Coman on the third goal (42nd), scored against his camp after returning from the locker room (47th). Finally, the Spaniard Patric loses the ball which leads to the third goal and has a cold, twice, by Sané on the fourth. Four goals and almost as many gifts offered to Bayern!
A game to forget for the European Golden Shoe last season. Ciro Immobile, who marked time at the start of the year, suffered from the comparison with Lewandowski. In the first half, the Roman captain mainly evolved out of time, signaled offside twice (13th, 37th) or giving Correa too late against (29th). In the second half, he tried to take the depth, running up against Boateng (55th) or Neuer wall (63rd).
Reina got a hole in her foot
Inevitably, four goals conceded at home already say a lot about a goaltender’s performance. But for the third most capped player in the European Cup (177 matches), whose responsibility is only engaged on the third, it is the defect of his foot game that jumped out in the eyes. After a completely missed revival, the former Liverpool goalkeeper prevented Lewandowski from scoring a double … foot, little academically (35th). If he was not helped by his defenders, who sometimes relied too much on him behind, Pepe Reina failed again at the end of the match, before, once again, to catch up to Lewandowski (79th) .