By defeating Benfica 5-2 at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night. So, after these impressive Champions League football results, Bayern Munich are in the last 16 from their Group E.
So, on what was his 100th Champions League appearance, Robert Lewandowski had a memorable night. After all, his Bayern Munich qualified for the knockout stage.
Champions League Football Results – Bayern Munich Are in the Last 16
A hectic start to the game resulted in chances on both sides. But Benfica put the ball in the back of the net first.
However, upon review, Pizzi aided his colleague from an offside position, therefore Lucas Verissimo’s tap in did not count.
In the 26th minute, on the other hand, it was the hosts who finally broke the deadlock.
Before teeing up Robert Lewandowski at the back stick, Kingsley Coman twisted his full-back inside-out.
Serge Gnabry was back-heeling Lewandowski’s cut back to make it 2-0 just six minutes later. This was after the Pole grabbed onto a brilliant cross by Joshua Kimmich.
Benfica equalized in the 38th minute when Morato headed in Alex Grimaldo’s cross to beat Manuel Neuer. It was the first time that Bayern conceded a goal this season in the Champions League.
Bayern could have extended their two-goal lead before the halftime break, but Odysseas Vlachodimos easily saved Lewandowski’s stunning penalty strike.
Nonetheless, Die Roten just needed four minutes after the restart to score their third goal.
Alphonso Davies headed down Kimmich’s lovely clipped ball into the path of Leroy Sane, who hammered home a half-volley into the far corner decisively.
The men of Julian Nagelsmann then made it four goals with a stunning display. With a superbly completed first-time ball through to Sane, Kimmich placed his side on the counter.
And Sane held his calm to lay off Lewandowski. Then we saw Lewandowski taking a touch to move past his defender and dink the ball over the onrushing goalie. This is how the striker made up for his earlier error with the penalty miss.
With 15 minutes remaining, the visitors got a consolation goal when Joao Mario raced forward on the counter. He found Darwin Nunez, who slid the ball past Neuer’s legs.
But Bayern were not finished yet. Lewandowski completed his hat-trick by bringing down Manuel Neuer’s amazing long-range pass from the sky and effortlessly lobbing the goalie.
Soon after, the referee blew up to put Benfica out of their misery, securing an important victory for Die Roten.
Bayern 5 – 2 Benfica
Goals: 1 – 0 Lewandowski 26, 2 – 0 Gnabry 32, 2 – 1 Morato 38, 3 – 1 Sane 49, 4 – 1 Lewandowski 61, 4 – 2 Nunez 74, 5 – 2 Lewandowski 84
Bookings: Upamecano, Nianzou; Lucas Verissimo
Bayern: Neuer, Davies, Upamecano, Nianzou, Pavard, Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman, Sane, Gnabry, Lewandowski
Substitutions: Musiala, Richards, Sabitzer, Muller
Benfica: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Lucas Verissimo, Vertonghen, Morato, Mario, Meite, Grimaldo, Pizzi, Yaremchuk, Everton
Substitutions: Gocalves, Ramos, Bernardo, Silva, Nunez