Coman streaks away down the left like lightning after another Lazio error. He twists this way and that, Reina parries his shot, and Sane taps in the rebound. Surely we are done, not a quarter of the way through this tie.
33 min: Bayern haven’t really created anything since the second goal, although Lewandowski is crowded out as I type that. They can play this entirely on their terms now, and step up the tempo as & when.
28 min: Do Lazio go hell for leather to get back into this, or make sure it doesn’t get worse? It’s hard to do that, whatever you do – might as well have a go. Luis Alberto is up for that, but a bit too much so, and is booked for a foul.
About that … it’s some finish from Musiala, and an early 18th birthday present. That’s on Friday; today’s goal is laid on by excellent work from Davies and Goretzka, and drilled low to Reina’s right from 19 yards with incredible precision and composure. That’s the difference, right there.
19 min:Lazio scream for a penalty after Milinkovic-Savic, coming alive, bundles through and is clipped by Boateng. That looks like a fair shout to me … but a free-kick is give the other way, perhaps for offside in the subsequent move but a bit mystifyingly.
11 min: I think it was Musacchio who, without looking, passed the ball backwards and looked on in horror as Lewandowski pounced. You can’t give him chances like that. Lazio have an uphill battle already.
7 min: Most of the early possession is Bayern’s, as you’d expect. Imagine the atmosphere inside a packed Stadio Olimpico for this one, if times were different! They come close to silencing the imaginary fans when Sule surges forward and his centre is cut out just before Lewandowski can pounce. They keep the pressure on following the corner and a drilled ball across flicks *just* beyond Lewandowski off Reina’s glove.
Lazio don’t have any of those old 90s names, not anymore! But they do have some belting players. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is up there with the world’s most gifted playmakers on his day; we all know Lucas Leiva; Ciro Immobile’s up front means we have two masterful centre-forwards on show today.
As for Bayern … perhaps they’re not the invincible machine we trailed. I mean, they pretty much are, but in their last two league fixtures they drew 3-3 at home with Arminia Bielefeld and lost 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt. A post-Club World Cup slump? Could be. Now’s the time to snap out of it.
These are the chaaaaaaampiooooooons! No really, these are. Bayern Munich have rolled into Rome and, as usual, they mean business. You’d be smart to call this season’s Champions League a two-horse race between them and Manchester City, I reckon, and while tonight’s game has a hearty dose of glamour attached to it they’re clear favourites to get the upper hand over Lazio.
Simone Inzaghi’s team are a relatively lowly sixth in Serie A – although, boy, they do have some good players. They took four points of Borussia Dortmund in the group stage of this, their first Champions League campaign in 13 years. Can that inspire them to similar heroics against crack German opposition?
Stay tuned and we’ll find out! It’s a fascinating tie, this one, and I’d love to hear your thoughts and predictions in the buildup.