Bayern vs Benefica 5-2 : Bayern Munich clinched a place in the Champions League knockout stages with a 5-2 victory over SL Benfica at the Allianz Arena. Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick, as well as goals from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, helped Die Roten to another three points, with goals from Morato and Darwin Nez serving as little consolation for the Portuguese side.
The victory was sealed by Leroy Sane’s exquisite half-volley and two Lewandowski chips either side of a Darwin Nunez goal.
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Lewandowski’s second goal came after a fantastic first touch and finish from Sane’s pass, and he then latched onto Manuel Neuer’s long ball and dinked the ball over Odysseas Vlachodimos from near the box.
In his 100 appearances in the Champions League, Poland striker Lewandowski has scored 81 goals, including four hat-tricks.
This season, he has 22 goals in 18 games for Bayern, including eight in four games in the Champions League.
Nagelsmann acknowledged his joy at being reunited with his team and coaching staff, as well as playing at a more crowded Allianz Arena for the first time this season.
Nagelsmann has missed the last four games after testing positive for the coronavirus following last month’s 5-1 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen.
“It was fun to watch, I told the boys that too. The two goals we conceded are very unfortunate, the one according to a standard, we discussed that differently. But it was an incredibly good game for us, very good control and a high pace of play. My first game with more viewers in a long time. At some point in my 70th I said: nice that more people are there and you don’t have to watch it on TV,” he explained.