News : Champions League: FC Bayern reaches quarter-finals – sport
Even without captain Manuel Neuer, defending champion FC Bayern made it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a befitting victory. Three weeks after the 4: 1 at Lazio Rome, the Munich team also won the second leg of the last 16 with a 2: 1 (1: 0). World footballer Robert Lewandowski (33rd / foul penalty) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (73rd), who was substituted on for him later, scored the goals for the German record champions on Wednesday. In his third Bayern appearance, Alexander Nübel was almost unemployed as a representative of the new cold in the Münchner Tor, but had to accept Marco Parolo’s late goal (82nd).
After the clear victory in Rome, the star ensemble of coach Hansi Flick not only managed the lead, but also documented their good form with another victory and the record of 19 quarter-finals. Flick could switch several times after the break and dose the load. The people of Munich are excited about the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals in Nyon on Friday. Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea FC and FC Porto can be drawn as possible opponents there.
Rome was not the yardstick. Bayern controlled and dominated the action without creating tons of opportunities. The Italians had long since resigned themselves to leaving. Coach Simone Inzaghi already documented this with his starting XI, by avoiding his ailing striker Ciro Immobile as a precaution.
Nübel’s ability is hardly in demand
In front of the Münchner Tor, the Italians weren’t too often to be found anyway. So Nübel hardly had the opportunity to stand out as a replacement for the sick world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in his only third competitive game for Bayern. So far, the newcomer from FC Schalke 04 has played against 1. FC Düren (3: 0) in the DFB Cup and against Atlético Madrid (1: 1) in the Champions League. Hope for a lot more assignments – Nübel’s advisor had recently brought up a loan deal – could not give him Flick. “I understand the club, the player. I’m always open and honest,” said the coach, who also referred to the outstanding skills of Neuer.
Nübel’s ability was hardly in demand against Lazio. An unplaced header from Sergej Milinković-Savić was no challenge for the keeper in the first half (16). Previously, Leroy Sané had caused danger with a shot on the other side (13th). The national player, who was sometimes criticized this season, was, as in the last few weeks, one of the assets at Bayern, who renounced the ailing Frenchman Kingsley Coman.
Otherwise, the staid Romans allowed significantly less in the first round than in the first leg – with the exception of the penalty penalty. After Vedat Muriqi put Leon Goretzka in a clumsy way, the Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs – with a somewhat strict interpretation of the rules – pointed to the point. Lewandowski did not miss that and also converted his 13th penalty in the premier class with ease. For the Pole it was already the 39th competitive goal of the season.
The first scenes in the second round also belonged to the world footballer. His shot from an acute angle was defused by former Bayern keeper Pepe Reina (46th), shortly afterwards his shot was blocked (48th). In the middle of the first half, Lewandowski stood in the way of the post (66th). After Nübel was able to prove himself in a shot from Joaquin Correa (72nd), Choupo-Moting made the decision in return. But once again Bayern did not have zero after the unnecessary Parolo header goal.