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Champions League: Bayern Munich turns things around against Lazio thanks to Harry Kane

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Champions League: Bayern Munich turns things around against Lazio thanks to Harry Kane

– A 3-0 as Bayern’s answer to the crisis

Published: March 5, 2024, 10:52 p.m

His 32nd goal in the 33rd game for Bayern: Harry Kane overcomes Lazio goalie Ivan Provedel to make it 1-0. He later follows up with number 33.

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Thomas Tuchel was asked the day before whether it was a final for him. The coach can’t be surprised, the situation at Bayern Munich is too tense and he’s under too much pressure. “Not for me,” he says, “and I can’t speak for others.”

On Tuesday evening, the team gave the answer that is so important, not just for Tuchel, but for everyone at Bayern. She won the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League against Lazio Rome 3-0 and thus kept the chance to finish this season with a title.

They lost the Supercup before the start of the Bundesliga. Well, only the Supercup, but the 0:3 at home against RB Leipzig hit them deeply. In the cup they lost in the second round to third division team Saarbrücken. And in the Bundesliga they are ten points behind the previously outstanding Leverkusen – after eleven titles in a row.

That’s why the second match against Lazio has this charged meaning. Bayern have to make up for a 0-1 loss that they brought with them from Rome after a miserable performance. And they know: Lazio may not be more than average nationally and especially internationally, but the defensive tactics designed by coach Maurizio Sarri are always capable of making life difficult for them for a long time.

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The value of the old man

And suddenly Lazio has a great opportunity to take the lead. A deflected cross lands at Ciro Immobile, the goalscorer. But he manages what is almost impossible: he heads the ball past the goal from five meters. That’s in the 37th minute.

When the break goes, it’s not 0:1, but 2:0. Bayern redeemed themselves with two goals. The goals are not brilliant, but they are a consequence of the persistence with which they seek a successful conclusion. And they need this persistence to lure the massively defending Laziali out of their reserve.

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The first goal comes when a botched shot from Raphaël Guerreiro becomes an accidental assist for Harry Kane. The Englishman just barely pushed the ball over the line with his head for his 32nd goal of the season for Bayern. Then the second minute of added time runs, a corner lands at Matthijs de Ligt, and his shot becomes an accidental assist for Thomas Müller. The old man stands perfectly to deflect the ball with his head to make it 2-0 – his 238th goal in 696th appearance for Bayern. At 34 years old, he once again proves his enormous value to his club.

Lazio can’t think of anything

The hardest piece of work is done. And Bayern will do the rest without any further difficulties. They fulfill their defensive duties so reliably that Manuel Neuer is not even really tested. Their opponent, currently in 9th place in Serie A, 32 points behind leader Inter Milan, can’t think of anything. There is no sign of rebellion at all.

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Tuchel’s Bayern can still do something to boost their self-confidence, which has been badly damaged by the many setbacks of the past few weeks. They brightened up the evening with a third goal. After about an hour, goalie Provedel directs a shot from Leroy Sané directly to Kane’s feet, and he only has to push the ball into the empty goal. Later, Müller and Sané miss the 4-0.

Bayern have now reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. On Saturday they can show what this has done to them. There they meet Bo Henriksen’s Mainz, who are in serious danger of relegation. Until then, Tuchel will at least have a few hours of rest again.

Mbappé scores twice

In the other game of the evening, Paris Saint-Germain won confidently. The French won 2-1 at Real Sociedad San Sebastián after winning the first duel 2-0. Kylian Mbappé gave PSG the lead in the 15th minute with a curling shot. In the second round, the superstar followed up with another solo (56th). Mikel Merino (89th) only managed to score the next goal late on. (DPA)

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